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Leveraging the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative for reform in oil, gas and mining governance: A Guide for Civil Society

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) stands or falls on the strength of its civil society component. Only with well-coordinated, inclusive and influential civil society participation will EITI reports inform public debate and lead to improved governance in the extractive sector. Civil society input underpins success throughout the EITI process, from consulting communities affected by extraction over EITI reports to disseminating findings, making policy recommendations and driving reform.

Established in 2002 as a voluntary disclosure scheme to ensure transparency and accountability in a country’s natural resource governance, the EITI is a multi-stakeholder initiative. Government, extractive industry and civil society representatives have equal say in its decision-making bodies, at international Board level and in national multi-stakeholder groups.

The EITI broke new ground by giving civil society an unprecedented role in extractive sector governance. PWYP member organisations have been at the heart of the process, with regular representation on the international Board since 2002. National PWYP coalitions in over 30 countries have often spearheaded civil society engagement in EITI processes. This wide-ranging experience enables PWYP to offer unique insight into maximising civil society’s influence in the EITI.

This guide draws on that insight to provide civil society groups involved in the initiative with the necessary tools to play their role effectively. It outlines the context and challenges of civil society participation in the EITI, and offers recommendations and case studies to help civil society actors leverage the initiative to improve extractive sector governance.

The guide distils this insight into four chapters, which will be released online during the year following April 2018. The chapters reflect the natural cycle of EITI implementation in a country:

Explore the contents of the guide here

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