The annual progress report is an important tool in managing the EITI implementation process. It can help an EITI implementing country to critically assess its progress against the EITI requirements. It also enables the multi-stakeholder group (MSG) to monitor if it is achieving its own objectives for implementation as established in the MSG’s work plan, and if the EITI process is delivering the expected results. On the basis of such an assessment, the MSG can decide to revise its work plan or its objectives in order to act on opportunities for strengthening implementation. The reports are also intended to take stock of efforts to address EITI reporting and validation recommendations and can also help identify issues that need to be addressed between validations.
In addition, an annual progress report is an important communications tool. It provides an opportunity to show what the EITI implementing country has done to improve transparency and strengthen natural resource management through the EITI. It may also be a means for multi-stakeholder group members to account for their work towards their constituents and wider stakeholders.
Implementing countries are required to review the outcomes and impact of EITI implementation on natural resource governance and to publish annual progress reports, summarising the progress made in the preceding year (EITI Requirement 7.3 and 7.4). This guidance note provides a suggested template for how to develop an annual progress report. MSGs and national secretariats may wish to modify the template or use their own structure.