Training activities are much more than meetings and workshops. Most EITI capacity building embedding in the process of implementation – learning by doing. The International Secretariat supports implementing countries throughout this process.
Nonetheless, we do undertake training exercises with stakeholders and partners which predominantly seeks to facilitate peer discussion about good practices across many implementing countries as well as provide guidance on how to meet the requirements and deepen the understanding of good natural resource management.
As the EITI Standard covers the entire extractive industries value chain, there are a large number of stakeholders requiring training in order for the potential of the EITI Standard to be harnessed. Embracing contract transparency, disclosures on beneficial ownership, oil sales, social payments, and more details on budget allocation and transfers, among others, are often about breaking new grounds.
Training therefore focuses on ensuring that implementing countries are discussing good practice to use the EITI as a tool to improve the governance of their natural resources. EITI training aims to respond to an increased demand for support, guidance and exchange.
The design of EITI training events targets national stakeholders at the forefront of EITI implementation. These include the members of the multi-stakeholder group, national secretariat, and other practitioners. Capacity building will mainly be delivered through in-person events like workshops, seminars etc., but also through virtual platforms such as webinars, e-forums, etc. Webinars are expected to target broad regional audiences from EITI implementing countries and are arranged in the preferred language in order to allow a dynamic exchange.
A number of organisations are involved in training, as providers, funders or both. The EITI International Secretariat often provides training alongside them and holds an overview of their activities.
The Natural Resource Governance Institute actively supports stakeholders in oil, gas and mineral producing countries as they navigate the process of implementing the EITI. NRGI offers technical advice on improving the quality and scope of EITI reports, and trains civil society to utilize the information made available by the EITI to advocate for broader reforms and greater accountability. These capacity building programmes are delivered across the globe, including at six regional "knowledge hubs", and draw from NRGI’s research on how transparency can address the governance and development challenges faced by resource-rich countries. NRGI has developed an online guide to the EITI Standard covering the dispositions, examples, recommendation and links to additional knowledge sources.
The World Bank, through the Global Programmatic Support (EGPS), is a leading provider of technical assistance in the EITI processes, and works with the EITI International Secretariat and other partners, mainly co-funding various training events.
- The German Government, through the German International Cooperation (GIZ) in addition to providing extensive technical bilateral cooperation, has together with the EITI Secretariat organised a cycle of EITI trainings since 2008 for EITI Stakeholders and practitioners from countries implementing the EITI.
The EITI website is a central depository for guidance materials and documentation about how countries address the requirements of the EITI Standard in line with their national priorities.
The Natural Resources Governance Institute (NRGI), Colombia Centre for Sustainable Development (CCSI) and Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) offer a free online course on "Natural Resources for Sustainable Development", running twice every year. Find out more about the revisions of the course here.
The Natural Resource Governance Institute has also created an online simulation course which takes learners through the policy challenges in a fictional developing country, Petronia, that has made a potentially transformative oil discovery.