Has the EITI been successful? Reviewing evaluations of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Brief 2017:5) 6 p
Philippe Le Billon
Päivi Lujala
Siri Aas Rustad

Has the EITI been successful? Many efforts have been devoted to improving resource governance through the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. A review of 50 evaluations concludes that the EITI has succeeded in diffusing the norm of transparency, establishing the EITI standard, and institutionalizing transparency practices. Yet, there remains an evidence gap with regard to the mechanisms linking EITI adoption and development outcomes. Addressing this gap will require developing a theory of change for the EITI and demonstrating causality through more sophisticated methods. The cost-effectiveness of the EITI will also need to be compared to other policy options.


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