The EITI at the international level is governed by a Board which functions as EITI’s norm-setting and decision-making body. It promulgates the EITI Standard and evaluates country progress against its requirements. The EITI international Board (https://eiti.org/eiti-board) consists of 20 representatives from implementing countries, supporting countries, civil society, industry, and institutional investors. Civil Society holds five (5) Board seats plus an additional five (5) for Alternates. Board members are officially elected at the EITI Members’ Meeting, held every three years. The next Meeting will be held in mid-2023.
Each EITI Constituency Group determines its own procedures for selecting its Board representatives. The CSO Constituency follows the process laid out in the Constituency Guidelines for Civil Society (https://eiti.org/documents/constituency-guidelines-civil-society) which were endorsed in 2019 and reviewed in 2022. The Guidelines determine that CSO Board nominees are selected through a rigorous process undertaken by the Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG), which also holds grievance management and other advisory responsibilities (see the Terms of Reference for further detail on the composition, roles and responsibilities of the CSAG). The 10 members of the CSAG comprise a balanced mix of six (6) regional representatives elected by the CSO EITI Constituency, as well as representatives of international civil society organizations (2), and former Board members (2).
The CSO Constituency is supported in this effort by the Consensus Building Institute acting as the Independent Organization (IO) to facilitate the process and guarantee its integrity. The CSO Constituency is supported in this effort by the Consensus Building Institute acting as the Independent Organization (IO) to facilitate the process and guarantee its integrity.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the CSAG selection process, with a special appreciation for the nominees. The Consensus Building Institute is pleased to announce the composition of the Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG) which holds a mandate for the next three years.
The Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG) is a body established in the 2019 to create a closer linkage between CSO EITI governance at the international level and regional and national constituencies. The CSAG is renewed every three years. Among its key roles is the selection of 10 civil society representatives who serve on the EITI International Board. The CSAG also holds additional advisory and grievance management responsibilities.
A Call for Applications for Civil society representatives on the international EITI Board for the 2023-2026 term is underway through May 2023.
The membership of the CSAG is a balanced mix of:
The Consensus Building Institute (CBI) acted as the Independent Organization (IO) facilitating the process. CSO Constituency members in each of 6 regions nominated candidates for the CSAG (including self-nominations) and subsequently voted for their preferred candidate using a secure electronic voting process. Before the vote, informational webinars were held for each regional constituency as a forum for clarification of the role of the CSAG and the election process. In parallel to the regional processes, CSO Board members selected two representatives of international civil society organizations and two outgoing Board Members.
For further details on the CSAG selection process please see here.