What is EITI Validation?

Validation is EITI’s quality assurance mechanism and an essential feature of the EITI process. It serves two critical functions. First, it promotes dialogue and learning at the country level. Second, it safeguards the EITI brand by holding all EITI implementing countries to the same global standard.

Validation is not an audit. It does not repeat the disclosure and reconciliation work that is carried out to produce EITI reports. Validation has broader objectives: it evaluates EITI implementation in consultation with stakeholders, it verifies achievements with reference to the EITI global standard, and it identifies opportunities to strengthen the EITI process going forward.

Validation is also the mechanism that the EITI Board uses to determine a country’s candidate or compliant status. Candidate countries have met the four “sign-up” indicators and are at different stages in EITI implementation. The EITI requires that these Candidates complete Validation within two years to assess whether they have achieved EITI Compliance.

Through Validation, countries that demonstrate their compliance with EITI (or demonstrate substantive progress toward achieving this goal) receive international recognition for their efforts and achievements. If Validation is not completed, or if the validation shows that there has been no meaningful progress toward achieving EITI Compliance, the EITI Board will revoke that country’s Candidate status. For more information on the rules relating to the 2-year deadline, please consult EITI Policy Note Number 3.

The EITI Secretariat is currently working with all the Candidate countries to provide support and build awareness about the importance of Validation.

How Does Validation Work?

The Validation Process is carried out at the national level and is overseen by the national multi-stakeholder group. The Validation methodology is set out in the EITI Rules.

The first step is the appointment of the Validator by the multi-stakeholder group. The EITI Board has approved a list of accredited EITI Validators, and has issued guidance to implementing countries on how to procure a Validator.

The selected Validator will then use three key documents to underpin their work. These are:

  • The Country Work Plan
  • The Validation Grid and Indicator Assessment Tools, and
  • The Company Forms

Using these documents, the Validator meets with the multi-stakeholder group, the organisation contracted to reconcile the figures disclosed by companies and the government and other key stakeholders (including companies and civil society not on the multi-stakeholder group).

Using this information, the Validator completes a report, comprising:

  • A short narrative report on progress against the Country Work Plan
  • A short narrative report on progress against the indicators in the Validation Grid
  • The completed Validation Grid
  • A narrative report on company implementation
  • Collated Company Forms
  • An overall assessment of the implementation of EITI: is a country a candidate, compliant or is there no meaningful progress

This report goes initially to the multi-stakeholder group, the government and the EITI Board. If these groups are content with the Validation Report, it is published and conclusions and suggestions acted upon. If there is disagreement regarding the validation process, then this is dealt with in the first instance locally, with the EITI Board only called in to help in cases of serious dispute.

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For further information about EITI Validation, please contact Sam Bartlett at the EITI Secretariat.