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

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

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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