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Empowering communities in EITI implementing countries to participate in the oversight of the extractive sector

Strengthening citizen engagement on natural resource governance

With support from the Ford Foundation, the EITI International Secretariat has scoped out opportunities to strengthen communications and dissemination efforts to broaden and deepen local civil society engagement in natural resource governance through the EITI in three pilot countries: Colombia, Ghana and Indonesia.

Three scoping studies were undertaken by independent consultants in Buriticá in Colombia, Obuasi in Ghana, and Samarinda and Palu in Indonesia, areas hosting and affected by mining activities. The outcomes of this work are expected to inform further communications and dissemination activities by national multi-stakeholder groups (MSGs), as well as capacity building by the EITI and partners for local communities and civil society organisations (CSOs) in EITI implementing countries.

Beyond context-specific findings, the studies show that there are opportunities for EITI implementation to more proactively and carefully consider and address barriers to participation in the oversight of extractives encountered by local CSOs, CBOs and communities.

This report compiles key findings and recommendations from the scoping studies. It outlines lessons and next steps that can be relevant across EITI implementing countries and inform broader efforts by the International Secretariat to support MSG’s efforts to promote public debate and empower local CSOs and communities.