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Diarmid O'Sullivan commented on Eric Joyce's blog post 'Civil Society and the Extractive Industries'
"Hi Daniel, I'm going to play Devil's Advocate here and suggest that we don't actually know how important the EITI is in real terms. It attracts a lot of attention (including a namecheck at the recent Financing for Development…"
Nov 17, 2015
Diarmid O'Sullivan commented on Eric Joyce's blog post 'Civil Society and the Extractive Industries'
"I spent roughly ten years working on or around the EITI, up until May 2013, including three years as a Board Member or Alternate, and I don’t think that this critique does justice to the complicated internal politics of the EITI and the role…"
Nov 17, 2015
Diarmid O'Sullivan replied to Dan Petrescu's discussion 'Evaluation of Civil Society Organisations activity in EITI'
"Dear Dan, There's some general background in this report I wrote last year: http://www.publishwhatyoupay.org/resources/whats-point-transparency. It looks at Liberia and Timor Leste in particular. It's probably necessary to separate out the…"
Apr 26, 2014
Diarmid O'Sullivan and Dr J Chris Anderson are now friends
Jul 16, 2013
Diarmid O'Sullivan commented on Amrit Naresh's blog post 'Oil and corruption in Uganda: the foreign donors’ plight'
"Yes, reputation. Governments seem to care (a little bit) more about it than one would think. It's plugging my own stuff but I suggested last week that the EITI should make more of its power to confer or reduce reputation. Whether its…"
May 17, 2013
sofiane favorited Diarmid O'Sullivan's blog post What's the Point of Transparency? A new study of the EITI
May 17, 2013
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What's the Point of Transparency? A new study of the EITI

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is about to adopt new rules which will expand the scope of its reports on extractive revenue flows and require them to be linked to wider national objectives in each EITI country. But what has the EITI achieved in just over a decade, and what might it achieve under the new rules?I’ve been studying these questions as an Open Society Fellow, drawing on my three years of experience as a civil society member of the EITI Board and field…See More
May 10, 2013
Diarmid O'Sullivan and Charles Young are now friends
May 10, 2013
Diarmid O'Sullivan commented on Elisabeth Caesens's blog post 'Mining transparency in DRC: all or nothing'
"The EITI's approach to deadlines is a good deal more bendy in practice than it might seem on paper. Although there has been a slight stiffening recently (eg the delisting of Gabon) the desire to include countries is much stronger than the…"
Mar 7, 2013
Diarmid O'Sullivan and Harrison Mitchell are now friends
Mar 7, 2013
Diarmid O'Sullivan commented on Johnny West's blog post 'Are accountants now the most important people in Big Oil?'
"I'm glad Johnny's done some number-crunching because we always knew that cost recovery was a black hole, but not quite how big the money was. It may help to explain why the oil companies are so hostile to project-level reporting under Dodd…"
Oct 30, 2012
Diarmid O'Sullivan posted a blog post

The EITI needs to be more ambitious and more realistic

The EITI needs to become more ambitious and more realisticThe Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative is coming up to its tenth birthday and its future may hinge on decisions by the EITI Board between now and the EITI Conference next May. The initiative could grow to fill more of the gap between its Principles and its rather limited results on the ground so far. Or it could end up as a has-been, trudging unnoticed around the periphery of international debate and slowly shedding its…See More
Oct 5, 2012
Diarmid O'Sullivan replied to Lutz Neumann's discussion 'Resource Richness Revisited – How the wry notion of ‘resource-rich countries’ creates illusions and what to do about it' in the group Virtual Think Tank
"I very much agree that this notion of "resource richness" really needs to be dissected. When you see these kinds of calculations about the value of the resource per person even in a country like Nigeria (which has far larger oil and gas…"
Sep 29, 2012
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Sep 24, 2012
Diarmid O'Sullivan and Johnny West are now friends
Sep 7, 2012

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Open Society Fellow
About My Work
I used to work for Global Witness and was a member and alternate on the EITI Board for three years. Now I'm researching the relationship between transparency and accountability in resource-dependent countries, with a focus on Liberia and Timor Leste.
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gold, oil and natural gas, governance and anti-corruption, environment, social accountability, human rights, contract and licensing, monitoring revenue collection, redistribution and sustainable development
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What's the Point of Transparency? A new study of the EITI

Posted on May 10, 2013 at 15:06 0 Comments

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is about to adopt new rules which will expand the scope of its reports on extractive revenue flows and require them to be linked to wider national objectives in each EITI country. But what has the EITI achieved in just over a decade, and what might it achieve under the new rules?

I’ve been studying these questions as an Open Society Fellow, drawing on my three years of…

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The EITI needs to be more ambitious and more realistic

Posted on October 5, 2012 at 17:48 0 Comments

The EITI needs to become more ambitious and more realistic

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative is coming up to its tenth birthday and its future may hinge on decisions by the EITI Board between now and the EITI Conference next May. The initiative could grow to fill more of the gap between its Principles and its rather limited results on the ground so far. Or it could end up as a has-been, trudging unnoticed around the periphery of international…

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At 18:19 on September 5, 2012, UMPULA NKUMBA Emmanuel said…

Dear Diarmid,

 

Thanks for your reply, concerning my view on EITI.... It's a good mecanism because it allow civil society to get more information on what companies declare as payements..... But in many contries where the EITI is implimented, the civil society participation is poor... The reason is that their representatives are not accountable, so they don't share any information.... A second problem, is that the state and companies they  declare what reel they had to pay or to receive.... That why, i am asking myself... are the companies and state declarations truth?  If, we take the DRC case.... you will find that the mining companies contribution to the national dudget is very poor... 

At 7:26 on September 1, 2012, UMPULA NKUMBA Emmanuel said…

I would like to hear from your foundings the link between transparency and accontability....

Emmanuel UMPULA

 
 
 

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