On 22 May 2013, the EITI Board agreed the revised EITI Standard including amended Validation procedures. The below information relates to Validations conducted in accordance with the EITI Standard. A number of implementing countries are scheduled to complete Validation or Secretariat Reviews under the 2011 EITI Rules. For further information about Validation conducted in accordance with the 2011 EITI Rules, please see this page.
What is EITI Validation?
Validation is EITI's quality assurance mechanism and an essential feature of the EITI process. It serves to assess performance and promotes dialogue and learning at the country level. It also safeguards the integrity of the EITI by holding all EITI implementing countries to the same global standard.
Validation is an external, independent evaluation mechanism, undertaken by a Validator procured by the International Secretariat. It is intended to provide all stakeholders with an impartial assessment of whether EITI implementation in a country is consistent with the EITI Standard. The Validation report will also address the impact of the EITI, lessons learned in EITI implementation, as well as any concerns stakeholders have expressed, and recommendations for future implementation of the EITI.
Based on the Validation report, the EITI Board determines whether a country is compliant with the EITI Standard. There are two groups of implementing countries; EITI candidate and EITI compliant countries. EITI candidate status is for a finite period that leads, in a timely fashion, to the achievement of EITI compliant status. EITI candidate countries are required to commence Validation within two and a half years of becoming an EITI candidate. Where Validation verifies that a country has met all of the EITI Requirements, the Board will designate that country as EITI compliant. EITI compliant countries are required to undertake Validation every three years thereafter. If EITI compliant status is not achieved, the country may in some circumstances retain its status as an EITI candidate country for an additional period. For further details about Validation deadlines, rules and procedures for determining a country’s EITI status following Validation, please see requirement 1.6 in the EITI Standard. For information about when a country is scheduled to commence Validation, please visit the country pages.
How Does Validation Work?
Validation is carried out at the national level and is overseen by the International Secretariat. The Validation methodology is set out in chapter 3 of the EITI Standard.
The first step is the procurement of the Validator by the International Secretariat. The Secretariat chooses from the list of accredited Validators. The Board is expected to agree the procurement procedures for Validation in line with the EITI Standard in the coming months.
The Validator meets with the multi-stakeholder group, the Independent Administrator – the organisation contracted to reconcile the figures disclosed by companies and the government - and other key stakeholders, including stakeholders that are not members of the multi-stakeholder group. Given the multi-stakeholder nature of the EITI and the importance of dialogue, the Validation procedure emphasises stakeholder consultation. The multi-stakeholder group plays a central role in ensuring that the Validation process is thorough and comprehensive. EITI stakeholders have an opportunity throughout the process to comment on the effectiveness of EITI implementation, to provide opinions on the fulfillment of the EITI Requirements, and to make suggestions for strengthening the process.
Based on these consultations and the review of relevant documentation, the Validator produces a Validation Report that assesses each of the EITI Requirements as requirement met, requirement unmet with meaningful progress, or requirement unmet with limited progress. The Validator's report is reviewed by the multi-stakeholder group and the EITI Board. The EITI Board will only designate a country as EITI compliant where it concludes that all requirements are met. If there is disagreement regarding the Validation process, then this is dealt with in the first instance locally, with the EITI Board only called in to help in cases of serious dispute.
For further information about EITI Validation, please contact Sam Bartlett at the EITI Secretariat.