Public benefit

Seeing results from natural resources

Countries that implement the EITI share a common belief the prudent use of natural resource wealth should be an important engine for sustainable economic growth that contributes to sustainable development and poverty reduction (see EITI Principle 1).

They also recognise that a public understanding of government revenues and expenditure over time could help public debate and inform choice of appropriate and realistic options for sustainable development (EITI Principle 4).

The role of the EITI is to strengthen government systems along the value chain of the extractive industries governance. It does not necessarily express any views on what governments should do with the revenues flowing from the sector. 

Instead, the EITI focuses on making the information available and suggesting recommendations on improved governance based on that information.   

Open data as a public benefit

The publication of information on the sector and its activities by a coalition of government, civil society and companies is an important contribution to the public arena. By making this information available, any interested citizen is informed and can request further details. 

The Standard asks EITI Reports to be “comprehensible, actively promoted, publicly accessible, and contribute to public debate” (EITI Requirement 7.1).

Furthermore, the EITI has been working with partners to make the data from reports more readily available and comparable. The Standard's open data policy requires governments to provide data in granular, machine-readable formats. Countries have to submit the data of their EITI Reports as a summary data file, and they are available on our google drive. Learn more on our data page.

Progress in EITI countries

The EITI tracks progress in countries implementing the Standard through its news, blogs and annual Progress Report. It provides data and stories on how countries are acting on recommendations to improve extractive sector governance. More information on outcomes in countries can be found on the country pages (list of countries below the map).