Validation is the EITI’s quality assurance process. It assesses performance and promotes dialogue and learning at the country level. It also safeguards the integrity of the EITI by holding implementing countries to the same global standard, by providing an impartial assessment of whether EITI implementation in a country is in line with the provisions of the EITI Standard. The EITI’s first Validation guide was introduced in 2006. Subsequently, several changes have been made to Validation procedures.
The Board agreed to introduce a new way of assessing how countries progress towards implementing the EITI Standard. The proposed approach will place emphasis on the role of multi-stakeholder groups, routine disclosure and impactful EITI implementation. The latest evolution of the EITI’s Validation model maintains the rigorous approach adopted so far, while supporting countries in using Validation as a tool to improve extractive sector management. Changes to the model place emphasis on progress made by countries to meet the requirements of the EITI Standard by publishing data through government and company systems.
The detailed steps that Validation will follow and the responsibilities of different parties – including the multi-stakeholder group, the International Secretariat, external experts and the Board – will be outlined in a revised Validation procedure.
The Validation schedule is being revised to allow a transition to the new Valiation model. First Validations under the new approach will commence on 1 April.
Validations currently scheduled to begin between October 2020 and March 2021 will be postponed, except for Validations of Requirement 2.5 on beneficial ownership. MSGs may submit requests to be assessed under the previous Validation model if the country’s Validation was initially scheduled to begin in 2020.
The EITI’s Validation guide and procedure are being reviewed in line with the revised Validation model. These documents detail how each EITI Requirement is assessed, the different steps of the process, and the roles and responsibilities of the actors involved. The Board is also developing standard data collection templates that will help countries collate data and documentation.
The current Validation guide will be updated in line with the proposed Validation model.