Session 7 - EITI reforms and future strategic plans

Senior representatives from the International Secretariat, World Bank and the Open Society Foundations (OSF) discussed three critical issues:

Claude Kabemba's picture

Director of the Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW)

October 3rd, 2012

Senior representatives from the International Secretariat, World Bank and the Open Society Foundations (OSF) discussed three critical issues:

  • The process in countries with governance problems;
  • Future reforms of the International Secretariat; and,
  • Relations between national EITI secretariats and the International Secretariat.

Eddie Rich, EITI’s Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa and the Middle East, stated that the data from reports from other countries could be used for comparative purposes to give an increasingly clear picture of whether all stakeholders are getting a good deal. He also raised the question of whether the EITI platform could be used to cover areas beyond revenue transparency, such as license and contract transparency, so stakeholders could not just see what is paid, but work out what ought to be paid. Lastly, he invited the participants to contribute their views to the reform process through the EITI website.

For Anwar Ravat from the World Bank, the participation of civil society, with all its weaknesses and strengths, must continue to influence the implementation of the EITI in the different countries. He noted that the impact of EITI is currently being driven by civil society in most countries.

Antony Richter, OSF Associate Director and a member of the EITI Board, mentioned once again the encouraging progress that is taking place in southern and East Africa and the positive manner in which the EITI has been implemented. There have been impacts on both the economy and governance. For example, in Tanzania it has been shown that the EITI has contributed to an increase in State revenues. There are certainly challenges, in particular in Zimbabwe and Madagascar, but these challenges are being dealt with in an innovative manner. He pointed out that there is agreement that communities must participate in the EITI. He also mentioned that there are many African countries in the EITI and they can influence the reform process, adding that there is space for the representation of Africans in the international committee and that the International Secretariat is keen to have representation from all regions.

In his conclusion, Dr Kabemba thanked Ms Short and her entire team for taking part in the inaugural regional conference on the impact of the EITI on southern and East Africa. Then he thanked all the participants and said that he hoped that this conference would be held every year.

About the author(s)

Claude Kabemba is the Director of the Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW). In 2006, the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) asked him to spearhead the formation of SARW. He holds a PhD in International Relations (Political economy) at the University of the Witwatersrand (Thesis: Democratisation and the Political Economy of a Dysfunctional State: The Case of the Democratic Republic of Congo). Before joining SARW, he worked at the Human Sciences Research Council and the Electoral institute of Southern Africa as a Chief Research Manager and Research Manager respectively. He has also worked at the Development Bank of Southern Africa and the Centre for Policy Studies as Policy Analyst. Dr. Kabemba’s main areas of research interest include: Political economy of Sub Saharan Africa with focus on Southern and Central Africa looking specifically on issues of democratization and governance, natural resources governance, election politics, citizen participation, conflicts, media, political parties, civil society and social policies. He has consulted for international organizations such Oxfam, UNHCR, The Norwegian People’s Aid, Electoral Commissions and the African Union. He has undertaken various evaluations related to the work of Electoral Commissions and civil society groups interventions in the electoral process in many African countries. He is regularly approached by both local and international media for comments on political and social issues on the continent. His publication record spans from books (as editor), book chapters, journal articles, monographs, research reports, and newspaper articles.

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