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Transparency in the Extractive Industries

EITI Impact Monitoring – Virtual Stakeholder Exchange on GIZ’s Monitoring Tool

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10.03.2021 |

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is a global standard for promoting the open and accountable management of extractive resources. After close to 20 years of EITI implementation, interest in the actual effects and impacts of the initiative is increasing. In 2019, the EITI Board commissioned an independent review, comparing current EITI practices with best-practices from similar organisations. The study concludes that available data on EITI implementation fails to satisfy EITI's diverse needs for impact evidence.

In the EITI context, impact data is not only needed to improve implementation progress though learning, but also to keep stakeholders engaged and to secure funding. Yet, attributing impacts to activities remains challenging - an issue that is by no means unique to EITI. This attribution gap is exacerbated by EITI's complexity as countries implement the standard with different objectives in mind, highlighting the need for context-specific measurement. In 2017 GIZ published a Guideline for Monitoring and Evaluation of EITI implementation. The guideline complements existing Guidance Notes on monitoring and evaluation developed by the EITI Secretariat by delineating the interconnections between EITI planning, reporting and impact measurement.

On January 18, the Sector Programme "Extractives for Development" organised a stakeholder dialogue with representatives of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) on how to create more meaningful workplans by engaging in impact measurement. At the heart of the event were the contributions of Olesia Nekhoroshko, National Coordinator of UAEITI in Ukraine, Ba Aliou Coulibaly, member of the civil society constituency of MREITI in Mauritania as well as Boris Raeder and Mareike Göhler-Robus from the D-EITI Secretariat in Germany, who shared their experience with GIZ's Guideline for Monitoring and Evaluation of EITI implementation.

During the exchange, the four speakers outlined how they used the Guideline to improve their workplans and what challenges they faced in the process. What became evident from their experiences is that the guideline serves a multitude of purposes, extending beyond its single application. In all countries the revision of the workplans resulted in a broader dialogue between relevant stakeholders and helped to discuss and identify a joint vision for EITI implementation in the country. It also supported the translation of this vision into indicators that reflect the positions of each constituency. The guideline therefore allows room for a context-specific application in line with national characteristics and priorities.

If you would like to watch the recording of the event please follow this link. For further information please reach out to Sophie Girke

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