Fifteen Validations under way

Fifteen Validations under way

This article originally appeared on the website of the EITI International Secretariat (eiti.org)

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In June, the EITI Board gave the green light to move ahead with Validation, the EITI’s quality assurance mechanism (see our June newsletter). Since 1 July, the International Secretariat has been on fact-finding missions countries, the first of the three steps of Validation.

Missions have been completed in 13 countries: Azerbaijan, Ghana, Kyrgyz Republic, Liberia, Mauritania, Mongolia, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, São Tomé e Principe, Solomon Islands, Tajikistan, and Timor-Leste. Fact-finding missions are planned over the coming weeks to Mali and soon Niger. You can find the dates of all Validation country visits in our events calendar.

Our colleagues have sent some snapshots from their fact finding missions. See how the EITI is gathering information here: view photos.

The outcome of this first step will be an initial report from the International Secretariat that will be handed to an external Validator for his/her assessment (the second step). The Validator will then ensure the quality of our work and issue a Validation Report to the EITI Board.

It is the Board that takes the final decision on the country’s status of EITI membership (third step).

Although it is much too early to start talking about initial impressions, the fact-finding missions are undoubtedly serving us at the International Secretariat to gain a better understanding of the realities in our implementing countries.

It’s also an opportunity to see first-hand the different ways in which countries are applying the Standard in innovative ways to address your particular challenges. The results should not only be more realistic Validation Reports than in the past, but also more targeted support for implementation after Validation.