For the People, But Not Always by the People - The Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI), NGOs and Signaling

Posted: 27 Jul 2009

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Susan Ariel Aaronson

George Washington University - Elliott School of International Affairs

Date Written: July 26, 2009

Abstract

The EITI is a multisectoral partnership designed to help resource rich countries avoid corruption in the management of extractive industry revenues. It is widely perceived as successful, yet Although EITI is a process designed for the people, it is not always by the people. Not all participating governments have let civil society fully participate in the process or provided civil society consistently with the information they need. Moreover, although some 24 countries (50% of all resource-rich developing countries) have committed to the EITI and taken many of these steps, as of December 2008 only one country - Azerbaijan - has taken all of these steps. As a result, EITI is a work-in-progress. Herein I examine the context in which countries adopt EITI.

Keywords: EITI, NGOs corruption, governance, development resource curse

Suggested Citation

Aaronson, Susan, For the People, But Not Always by the People - The Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI), NGOs and Signaling (July 26, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1439347

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