In many countries, the most important impacts of EITI have come about because governments have decided to implement recommendations that have emerged from EITI reporting. Experiences in countries suggest that the nature of the recommendations in EITI Reports and the extent to which the EITI multi-stakeholder group and the government follow up on the recommendations significantly influence the impact of the EITI. In some countries, EITI Reports have been a useful diagnostic tool highlighting weaknesses in government systems. In other cases, EITI Reports have made recommendations aimed at addressing such weaknesses and improving sector management, and are thus making an important potential contribution to policy reform and change. However, in many countries, recommendations are still mostly focused on improving technical aspects of the EITI reporting process such as reporting templates or data collection for EITI Reports rather than improving e.g. extractive sector legislation or tax collection systems. Additionally, the lack of implementation of recommendations has contributed to lost opportunities for impacts and reform.

This page includes short case studies of how EITI reporting has highlighted shortcomings in government systems, and recommended actions for improvements. It shows the impacts that have come about in countries that have acted upon these recommendations, and highlights the importance of considering EITI recommendations in the countries that have not yet done so.

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