Ahead of its board meeting in Addis Ababa, the EITI (Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative) has issued a newsletter with information on some interesting initiatives and developments, one of which relates to the implementation of regional EITI processes in Peru. This emphasises how a decentralised EITI model works and how it is reportedly helping citizens in the regions access information on revenues from extractives.
There are five regional EITI processes in Peru: Apurímac, Arequipa, Loreto, Moquegua and Piura.
It is in the implementation process of EITI in Piura that a video developed by Propuesta Ciudadana shows how the model has been applied there and how it is perceived by those involved.
Piura’s EITI included twelve people sitting around the discussion table: four civil society representatives, four people from government, and four company representatives. This balance reportedly worked to promote a culture of transparency and governance. According to one source, “[Peru] is the first country in the world that has a consensual regional process that counts on the participation of the three [affected] parties”.
This is an interesting model that, if it works, could bring greater transparency to how the money from extractives is actually spent. But more detailed research will be needed thoroughly to assess implementation and measure the impact of this initiative.