The cost of Azerbaijan’s leaving the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI): Analysis of the impact on the economy and civil society

Published Date: 
March, 2017
Center for Economic and Social Development

As a founding member of EITI, Azerbaijan has enjoyed the benefits of its membership in the organisation. However, the changes to NGO legislature in Azerbaijan have strained the relations between the parties, and in order to have a fully functional local NGO community, the EITI has demanded the reversal of changes to the NGO legislation in the country. Due to the lack of adequate developments in this field, according to EITI standards, the EITI Board suspended the membership of Azerbaijan. Following the decision, Azerbaijan announced its intention to leave the Initiative.