Guidance on the multi-stakeholder group (1.4)

The government is required to commit to work with civil society and companies, and establish a multi-stakeholder group (MSG) to oversee the implementation of the EITI. 

Requirement 1.4 lays out the scope of the MSG.

Improving accountability of national structures

At its meeting in Manila in October 2017, the EITI Board agreed the following expectations of implementing countries:

  • Implementing countries that have national secretariats or similar structures supporting implementation are expected to provide information on the number of people employed in national secretariats, their organizational structure and annual budget. This information can be made available in annual progress reports and work plans or, ideally, on a dedicated page on their national website.
     
  • Implementing countries that have national secretariats or similar structures supporting implementation are expected to clearly explain in their MSG terms of reference how the national secretariat should relate to MSGs. Countries are encouraged to use the guidance already provided to this purpose in EITI Guidance Note 25. 
     
  • All implementing countries are expected to be transparent about their finances so that it is possible for citizens to understand what implementation is costing in their country. Where accounts are not already regularly audited, for example as part of government audits, implementing countries are expected to conduct regular audits. Whether conducted as part of government audits or through other means, links to the audit reports should be provided on national EITI websites or in annual progress reports. Where secretariats are integrated in ministries or other government bodies, it is sufficient to highlight the Government’s audit procedures.

See Board decision 2018-8/BM-39/BP-39-4-A in full.

The EITI Code of Conduct

The EITI Code of Conduct applies to all EITI Board members, their alternates, Members of the EITI Association, secretariat staff (national and international), and members of multi-stakeholder groups (collectively referred to as EITI Office Holders). Those responsible for making the EITI Office Holders familiar with this Code, including EITI multi-stakeholder groups, should annually confirm that EITI Office Holders are familiar with the Code and report on its implementation to the Board through the International Secretariat.

Per diems

At its meeting in Manila in October 2017, the EITI Board agreed the following guidance for implementing countries on how Requirement 1.4b should be implemented:

  • Implementing countries should explain any per diem policies in the terms of reference for the MSG or elsewhere on their websites where governance rules are explained. Countries that do not pay per diems should explicitly state this.
  • Records of any per diems paid the preceding fiscal year should be made publicly available.

All countries not adhering to Requirement 1.4b should be reminded of the importance the Board attributes to this requirement.

Example from countries

Examples of ToRs for MSG

Code of Conduct

  • Please see section in the Guidance note for National Secretariats

Per diem policies

  • Upon request of the EITI Board (June 2017), the International Secretariat is currently collecting information on the countries concerning their practices. If the Board wishes to publish the results, they will be made available here.

MSG meeting attendance

Usually, multi-stakeholder groups report on the attendance as part of the Annual Progress Reports.

Minute keeping and making them public

Decentralised/regional MSGs

  • In Peru, the regions of Piura and Moquegua have their own MSGs.