Civil Society Organisations withdraw from UK EITI
Undue interference by UK Government officials in the civil society nomination process jeopardises genuine multi-stakeholder dialogue in long standing transparency initiative.
Several years of positive progress by a UK Government anti-corruption initiative, the UK Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), are at risk due to a recent imposition by UK Government officials which undermines the initiative’s multi-stakeholder nature.
The decision by UK Government officials this week to give one organisation, Extractive Industries Civil Society (EICS), authority over certain civil society nominations to the UK EITI’s multi-stakeholder group has pushed ten full member organisations of the UK EITI Civil Society Network and more than twenty individual associate members, including academics, to withdraw from the UK EITI process. Among the organisations withdrawing are Global Witness , Natural Resource Governance Institute, Transparency International UK , and Publish What You Pay UK .
Miles Litvinoff, Coordinator of Publish What You Pay UK, said:
“Government officials’ decision to overlook the strong concerns expressed by the Civil Society Network is deeply worrying and goes against the democratic principles fundamental to the EITI and to the UK as a country.”
Joseph Kraus, Director, Transparency & Accountability (interim) at the ONE Campaign and a member of Publish What You Pay UK’s Steering Group, said:
“Should the UK Government persist with this decision, it will set the UK EITI process on an uncertain path. The UK will face difficulties in passing EITI Validation, a quality assurance mechanism that assesses countries’ compliance with the requirements of the EITI Standard, which the UK is due to undergo in 2018.”
Contact: Miles Litvinoff, Publish What You Pay UK Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, +44 7984 720103.
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