Before DG, what challenges did NEITI face with its audit process?
NEITI works to promote transparency and good governance by validating and publishing data on taxes paid by companies in the extractives sector. Its audit reports are among the most widely-read and widely-referenced documents on the extractive industries (EI) in Nigeria.
The data collection, validation, and publishing process for each audit report used to take nearly two years to complete; therefore, information being used for program and policy decision-making was delayed and no longer relevant by publication date.
DG’s goal was to streamline the audit process to allow NEITI to publish the audit report in a timely manner, providing up to date information that can be better used by civil society organizations and other actors to further their advocacy goals.
Developing the Extractive Industries Data Portal (EIDP)
In partnership with the Ford Foundation and NEITI, DG developed an EIDP tool to automate data collection and support the process of reconciling conflicting financial data shared by the private sector and the government. The tool’s goal is to simplify the audit process and improve the timeliness of NEITI’s reports, drastically reducing the amount of time the audit report takes to publish. The tool is also designed to link with NEITI’s audit dashboard, a suite of visual tools that display information on annual audit reports.
DG has built a series of training modules to allow NEITI’s staff to sustainably use and maintain the system. NEITI’s personnel will have the capacity to train any system users and raise awareness around the tool focusing on its added value and benefits for all stakeholders.
Past, Present, and Future of the EIDP in Nigeria
Au cours des dernières années, DG a intensifié sa recherche dans le domaine des industries extractives (IE) en Afrique de l'Ouest, ce qui a permis de mieux cerner les lacunes en termes de données et d'identifier les opportunités du secteur. Nous avons constaté que les informations disponibles au grand public sont principalement axées sur la transparence des flux financiers et ciblent la scène internationale, mais occultent les facteurs non-financiers et l'impact local réel de l'industrie. Une question reste en suspens : comment promouvoir la divulgation de données susceptibles d'appuyer les communautés impactées par les activités extractives ?
In the past few years, DG has increased focus on the extractives industry (EI) in West Africa and learned tremendously about the data gaps and opportunities in this sector. Overall we are seeing that while data is available, it is focused primarily on financial transparency and geared to a global audience, omitting information on local impacts and non-financial factors. A big question remains: how do we ensure that data is also used to support the communities impacted by extractives?
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.