Bringing the information gap
EITI countries are geographically varied. Disseminating and communicating across such a vast territory to millions of citizens is a challenge taken up by each national commission who tailor their communications strategy to their particular circumstances. Below are examples of different approaches taken by countries in communicating the EITI results to the general public in order to bridge the information gap that leads from transparency to accountability.
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Senegal has produced a simplified version of its 2014 EITI Report, mixing infographics and other visuals to ensure broad understanding of what the report says.
Source: Senegal EITI Report 2014, EITI Progress Report 2017
Zambian youth build an information bridge
EITI information on billboards was a key driver in creating discussion on what and how Solwezi, a district in northern Zambia, was benefiting from mining operations. The immediate outcome of these discussions was increased awareness by communities of the need to hold the local authority accountable for mining revenues. The Youth Alliance for Development (YAD) launched a strengthened accountability project to encourage and deepen dialogue amongst local stakeholders. YAD also launched a platform where the local authority, mining companies and communities can engage in sharing information around extractives at the local level, as provided by EITI Reports. Data and information provided by Zambia EITI contribute to changing negative attitudes and perceptions around extractives and to deepening positive and constructive stakeholder dialogue.
The next “steppe” in Mongolia
Local communities in Mongolia that host mining projects now have detailed information about the mining sector through EITI Mongolia’s e-reporting system, an online data portal that includes production and sales data, taxes and payments to government, donations, environmental rehabilitation provisioning and license information, all disaggregated by company. The graphs, charts and maps have increasingly been used by citizens to strengthen their oversight of local mining operations. Government officials have highlighted the impact of transparency in revenues and expenditures on creating a supportive environment for investment, building trust with local communities and maintaining the social license for extractive companies to operate.
The 2015 EITI Report made an important recommendation to the Mongolian Resources and Petroleum Authority to ensure consistent tracking of licenses across its departments. It also highlighted key areas for reform in the management of state-owned enterprises to the country’s auditing practices and these are broadly in line with the new Mongolian government’s reform agenda.
Civil society representatives on the Dominican Republic’s Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) have built a common understanding of the extractive industry’s legal framework. Through the civil society network ENTRÉ, MSG members have visited local mining communities, which has led to increased trust and capacity building.
The EITI has reduced tensions between stakeholders by clarifying how extractive sector regulations are interpreted and put into practice. This is especially relevant for regulations on government shares of revenues. The EITI has given civil society organisations access to information regarding the 5% contribution received from the government for the Pueblo Viejo Mine, the country’s largest gold mine. Local communities surrounding Pueblo Viejo are now engaging with the government to hold them accountable for subnational transfers.