sharing in governance of extractive industries

Open consultation on how civil society should organise its engagement in the EITI

*Please note: the deadline has been extended to the 3rd of March 2017*

The EITI is a multi-stakeholder initiative made up of three constituencies: civil society, extractive companies and governments. Each constituency is equally involved in the decision making process of the EITI, both at the international level through the Board and at the national level through multi-stakeholder groups. On the international Board, civil society has five seats who are currently filled by five full and five alternate representatives. To see who currently represents civil society, please visit the EITI website

Each constituency is responsible for setting up its own governance rules, so how it will select its representatives to the Board, how it will coordinate and consult the membership, etc. Those rules are captured in the "constituency guidelines". For civil society, they can be found here.

The EITI is now running an open consultation on those constituency guidelines to help improve how constituencies govern themselves. For civil society in particular, the consultation offers a very welcome opportunity to feedback on the way civil society has self-organised so far and how further progress can be made in ensuring that civil society actors involved in the implementation of the EITI have their voices heard at the international Board level. Civil society is strongly encouraged to make submissions. Comments received will inform the process of revising the current guidelines over the coming months.

The consultation is open until the 20th of February and submissions can be sent to secretariat@eiti.org and to Wendy Tyrrell at wtyrrell@transparency.org.au

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Comment by daniel gilbert on February 17, 2017 at 16:37

Please could I ask fellow GOXIans to note that the full list of questions as part of this consultation is available at the URL below, and that this URL also gives an introductory/ contextual statement by the EITI Chair.


Comment by daniel gilbert on February 17, 2017 at 15:02

Hi, Martin

I agree that there is an issue to be resolved, in fact for me there are two issues - what, in the context of the EITI, actually is civil society?; and how should it be organised in its EITI engagement?

The first question is surprisingly difficult to find a consensual answer to.  In my opinion this is because the "normal" (i.e. outwit EITI) definition of civil society does not countenance a third grouping of private sector extractive industries (or any other sector of any other sort, for that matter), but simply put is "everything outwith the State".  That is simple to say and simple to explain, albeit the actual delimitation between State and Civil Society is often pretty fuzzy.  By including this third constituency the delimitations become even more fuzzy, e.g. is someone working in a nationalised industry part of the State or part of Civil Society? And if that industry is then privatised, do they suddenly become representative in some way of the Private Sector?  Or do we only say that if their industry is involved in subsoil extraction? etc. etc.

Then there is the question of whether PWYP should have an institutionalised role in representing whatever we end up agreeing (ever?) civil society is, or whether there should be a level playing field in this regard, with no special role for any Coalition, even a capacity-building and overarching one such as PWYP.

So, in short I think your contribution is very useful and hopefully will set off a constructive debate here - which is the point of GOXI, of course.

Comment by Martin Brown on February 17, 2017 at 12:10

This is along overdue exercise. I am sure EITI have learnt so much about what is required in different parts of the world since Tony Blair first launched this great endeavour in the UK. I think the problem is EITI can see the need to adapt their procedures and rules but NGOs have not caught up since PWYP volunteered to help and advise on Civil Society governance and representation. We saw this in Lima when they organised protests about EITI governance- even though they have other channels to discuss problems. To the world at large and the other constituencies it looks like very strange behavior indeed

all the more so when PWYP (and GW) seem to demand special consideration for themselves when it comes to the very transparency in governance that they demand of others like the EITI? 


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