Starting in June 2018, in partnership with Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), DG assessed the extractive industry (EI) data landscape in Senegal, Nigeria, and Guinea. The goal was to determine the feasibility of designing and implementing an Extractives Industry Data Portal (EIDP) for each country, the initial objective of which would be to reduce reporting delays in Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) annual reports. These delays could be up to two years for some countries.
This assessment followed initial work developing a website and portal for the Extractives Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) International Secretariat. It included an in-depth study of each country’s legal and institutional frameworks, readiness to open up EI data; an analysis of activities of actors in the sector and their willingness to promote open data use, and a review of human and technical capacities for sustainable implementation. The assessment methodology included desk research to understand the specific country context, followed by one-on-one interviews with stakeholders in the government, private sector, and community service organizations.
One major finding is that countries are at the stage now where collecting data on the EI financial flows is no longer enough. The stakeholders, and especially the non-state actors, want information that will help them advocate for protecting the environment of the neighboring communities, make sure that the kids have proper educational services, and that the communities have access to health facilities. These assessments changed our perception of the need for national portals. At first, we envisioned a simple data collection tool, but now we understand that these tools need to be more advanced. They need to be able to measure the impact on communities well being in general, highlighting the obstacles, challenges, priorities, and the areas that could be improved.
As we review our strategy, we plan to share here much of what we’ve learned through programming in more than a dozen countries – from our work and from our excellent partners – about the state of data in agriculture, tobacco control, open contracting, and the extractive industries. For each theme, we’ll explore who are the key data users, the decisions they make, the most important data gaps, and the crucial risks of data (mis)use. Here we share previews from some of our flagship programs.
Community Data, Community Impact: WIM Index to Minimize Extractive Industries’ Negative Effects // Comment l’indice WIM peut contribuer à minimiser les effets négatifs des activités extractives et améliorer les conditions de vie des communautés
In January 2020, in partnership with WIM Guinea and OSIWA, Development Gateway (DG) launched the Women in Mining Pilot Index (WIM Index) that aims to quantify and visualize the impact of mining activities on communities – especially on women and young people. En janvier 2020, en partenariat avec WIM Guinée et OSIWA, Development Gateway (DG) a lancé l'Indice Pilote WIM Guinée qui vise à quantifier et à visualiser l'impact des activités minières sur les communautés - en particulier sur les femmes et les jeunes.
A Prototype for Tracking Women’s Inclusion in the Extractives Industry: Launch of the WIM Guinea Pilot Index // Un Baromètre de Suivi de l’Inclusion des Femmes dans les Industries Extractives : Lancement de l’Indice Pilote de WIM Guinée
Last week in partnership with Women in Mining (WIM) Guinea and the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), we celebrated the official launch of the WIM Guinea Index prototype. En partenariat avec Women in Mining (WIM) Guinée et Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), nous avons procédé au lancement officiel de l'Indice Pilote de WIM Guinée le 22 janvier 2020 à Conakry.