The global participation backlash: Implications for natural resource initiatives

The global participation backlash: Implications for natural resource initiatives

Civil society organizations can help to ensure good governance over natural resources as members of global multi-stakeholder  initiatives  like  the  Extractive  Industries  Transparency  Initiative.  Yet  a  good  number  of  resource-rich countries have legally restricted civil society organizations’ independence and ability to operate, challenging organizations’ contributions to these initiatives. This has led to initiatives shutting down in some countries,  undermined  their  intended  effects,  and  resulted  in  the  appointment  of  government-friendly  civil  society  organizations.  Donors  can  counterbalance  this  backlash  against  participation  rights  by  supporting  efforts to improve the evidence base about organizations’ involvement in resource governance, emphasizing the  value  of  their  involvement  in  multi-stakeholder  initiatives,  and  by  supporting  organizational  capacity  building as well as information alternatives like media organizations and technological initiatives.

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