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EITI International Secretariat: The Road Ahead

Authored by Mark Robinson

Much has happened in the year since I joined the EITI Secretariat as Executive Director. We have launched a revised EITI Standard, addressing new areas of transparency such as contracts, state-owned enterprises, commodity trading, gender and environment. We hosted a successful Global Conference and welcomed a new EITI Board and Chair, the Rt. Hon. Helen Clark, a widely respected global leader on sustainable development and international…

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Added by EITI on December 13, 2019 at 13:22 — No Comments

Wanted: Your views on EITI Validation

Authored by Lyydia Kilpi

The EITI has launched a consultation to seek views on the future of Validation. This is a key opportunity for stakeholders to influence how progress towards EITI implementation should be assessed. The consultation is open until Tuesday 14 January.

Think of a racing circuit: one goal, many different cars and drivers. Now imagine the circuit as…

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Added by EITI on December 13, 2019 at 13:21 — No Comments

Three takeaways from the EITI Board meeting in Addis Ababa

The EITI Board gathered to assess country progress, discuss the EITI’s role in addressing corruption and deepen cross-organisational collaboration.

Less than a week after the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali, Addis Ababa was a fitting backdrop for the 45th EITI Board meeting, hosted by the Government of Ethiopia. With the…

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Added by EITI on October 23, 2019 at 14:00 — No Comments

Strengthening collaboration between the EITI and Supreme Audit Institutions

Authored by Sam Bartlett

On the eve of the 45th EITI Board meeting in Addis Ababa, the EITI International Secretariat and the Office of the Auditor General of Norway hosted a workshop on strengthening collaboration with Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs). The workshop brought together EITI and SAI representatives from Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Sierra Leone,…

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Added by EITI on October 18, 2019 at 15:38 — No Comments

Qatar Petroleum joins EITI as a supporting company

State-owned petroleum company Qatar Petroleum will join the EITI as a supporting company, announced EITI’s Corporate Engagement Manager Andrew Irvine today, in a discussion on the EITI’s outreach plans at the organisation’s Addis Ababa Board meeting. 

“It is encouraging to see a large and influential state-owned company like Qatar Petroleum join the EITI’s group of supporting companies,” said Mark Robinson,…

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Added by EITI on October 17, 2019 at 11:33 — No Comments

Democratic Republic of Congo recognised for progress on EITI implementation

The Democratic Republic of Congo has made meaningful progress in implementing the EITI. Despite the country’s positive direction of travel in strengthening transparency, major challenges in accountability and governance remain.

The EITI Board decided today at its meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that the Democratic Republic of Congo has made meaningful progress in implementing the …

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Added by EITI on October 16, 2019 at 16:57 — No Comments

Iraq: From plugging gaps to building accountability

Iraq has made meaningful progress in implementing the EITI with significant improvements in transparency of state-owned enterprises, oilfield data and petrodollar allocations. Opportunities exist to translate this emerging transparency into evidence-based debate and policy making.

The EITI Board decided today that Iraq has made meaningful progress in implementing the EITI Standard. Validation, the…

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Added by EITI on October 16, 2019 at 16:56 — No Comments

Myanmar moving towards greater transparency

EITI Board concludes that Myanmar has made meaningful progress in EITI implementation, whilst urging government to strengthen public disclosures and further improve the environment for civil society participation.

Myanmar has achieved meaningful progress in implementing the EITI Standard, the EITI Board concluded today at its meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

In taking this decision, the Board commended…

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Added by EITI on October 16, 2019 at 16:54 — No Comments

Crunching the numbers on EITI Validation

Authored by Alex Gordy

What can be learned from three years of Validation results – and how to interrogate the data

EITI Validation results are a rich source of information about the transparency of the extractive sector in EITI implementing countries. Over 80% of EITI countries have completed their first Validation since the process was introduced in 2016, producing a…

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Added by EITI on October 9, 2019 at 13:19 — No Comments

Ecuador commits to join the EITI

Government reaffirms its commitment to natural resource transparency

The Ecuadorian government officially announced last week its intention to become an EITI implementing country. “In deciding to adhere to the EITI, the Government of Ecuador seeks to guarantee transparency and efficiency in the management of the country's natural…

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Added by EITI on September 13, 2019 at 11:00 — No Comments

Building a movement for gender equality in extractives

Authored by Indra Thévoz, EITI Policy and Country Officer

The EITI and its stakeholders commit to intensify efforts towards gender equality and diversity in natural resource governance

While the benefits of extractive industry projects are primarily enjoyed by men, women and girls bear a disproportionate share of the negative social, economic and environmental impacts. That is why provisions to enhance women’s…

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Added by EITI on August 29, 2019 at 11:00 — No Comments

From the "Why" to the "How": Working with OO and OGP

Over the last few years, there’s been significant progress towards making beneficial ownership transparency (BOT) a global norm, with 18 countries making beneficial ownership-related commitments in their Open Government Partnership (OGP) National Actions Plans. This growing momentum is encouraging given the potential for implementation efforts to achieve significant policy impact, and to contribute towards a global drive to abate corruption…

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Added by EITI on August 2, 2019 at 15:00 — No Comments

Raising the bar on extractives transparency

2019 EITI Global Conference reinforces progress, actions and commitments to extractives transparency. 

The EITI Global Conference is the extractive industries’ premier forum for bringing together representatives from governments, companies, civil society and other stakeholders to tackle the governance challenges facing resource-rich states. 

The 2019 Global Conference marked a critical juncture in the EITI’s evolution, with the adoption of…

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Added by EITI on July 25, 2019 at 15:00 — No Comments

EITI Deputy Head Eddie Rich moves on

Eddie Rich is moving on as Deputy Head of the EITI International Secretariat after 12 years with the organisation. Eddie has been appointed as CEO for the International Hydropower Association, a non-profit membership organisation committed to advancing sustainable…

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Added by EITI on July 23, 2019 at 15:00 — No Comments

How can the EITI be more effective in fighting corruption?

Authored by Ines Marques, EITI Policy Director

With more than USD 2.5 trillion of revenues disclosed to date, the time is right for the EITI to reflect on its contributions and potential future role in the fight against corruption in the oil, gas and mining sector.

The question about what tangible impact transparency has on anti-corruption efforts has been debated over and over, with numerous studies pointing to different results. The issue is further…

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Added by EITI on July 22, 2019 at 15:00 — No Comments

Who owns what? Putting a face to the name

Authored by Catherine Greene and Ines Schjolberg Marques

EITI stakeholders and supporters met at the 2019 Global conference to share best practice and early benefits in implementing the one of the world’s first public beneficial ownership transparency requirement.  

When doing business, interested parties want to know who they are dealing with. Historically, ownership of unlisted extractive companies has been opaque, leaving governments and companies…

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Added by EITI on July 17, 2019 at 16:57 — No Comments

Trading up: A business case for SOE transparency

Authored by Alex Gordy

The EITI’s 8th Global Conference catalyses next steps in SOE transparency.

In many resource-rich countries, the state is directly involved in the extractive sector through its own state-owned enterprises (SOEs). The sale of a state’s natural resources is often a significant revenue stream for national budgets and development priorities. To date, 40 EITI countries have reported revenues from state-owned oil, gas and mining…

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Added by EITI on July 15, 2019 at 10:09 — No Comments

EITI countries lead the way in making contract transparency a global norm

Authored by Marie Gay Alessandra Ordenes, Asia Director, EITI International Secretariat

The EITI government network on contract transparency was launched at the EITI Global Conference in Paris.

Governments from Armenia, Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Indonesia, Malawi, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Philippines, Senegal, São Tomé and Príncipe and Zambia have joined the network. This coincided with the EITI…

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Added by EITI on June 19, 2019 at 16:00 — No Comments

EITI launches 2019 EITI Standard

At the opening of the 8th EITI Global Conference in Paris, outgoing EITI Chair Fredrik Reinfeldt formally launched the 2019 EITI Standard:

This is one of the most significant achievements of the outgoing EITI Board. It has involved a…

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Added by EITI on June 18, 2019 at 16:00 — No Comments

Launch of the 2019 EITI Progress Report

The EITI's outgoing Chair, Fredrik Reinfeldt, launched the 2019 Progress Report today, 18 June, at the opening session of the EITI Global Conference in Paris. Commenting on the achievements of the EIIT in the past year, and during his term as Chair, he highlighted the revisions made to the EITI Standard as an important milestone:

"The EITI Standard continues to evolve, shaped…

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Added by EITI on June 18, 2019 at 15:30 — No Comments

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