The Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is the leading global standard for the good governance of oil, gas, and mineral resources. Civil society engagement is a key part of the EITI process. It is civil society engagement that allows individuals and groups to collectively raise their voices and take action to ensure that governments are held accountable in their use of natural resources.
The EITI Standard reflects the critical role played by civil society in natural resource governance. Among other requirements, the EITI Standard mandates that implementing countries must ensure that “civil society [is] fully, actively and effectively engaged in the EITI process,” and that “there is an enabling environment for civil society participation.” EITI reviews implementing country compliance with these requirements through regular assessments known as “validations,” with real consequences for countries which fail to comply.
By feeding into EITI validations, civil society can promote accountability for restrictions imposed on civil society. In Assessing civil society engagement in the EITI process: A guide to providing validation inputs on EITI Requirement 1.3, ICNL and Publish What You Pay provide guidance on how civil society partners can provide inputs into EITI validations and highlight concerns about civic space in EITI implementing countries.