16 November 2009


Nicholas Shaxson


This paper analyses Nigeria's implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) process, a global initiative that seeks to promote transparency in company payments and government revenues from oil, gas and mining.

The paper appraises NEITI's track record to date. It aims to answer some broad overlapping questions:

  • To what extent has NEITI helped foster better transparency?
  • What other reforms, if any, did it drive?
  • Has NEITI led to better accountability, governance and development outcomes?
  • Do NEITI's achievements match what it ostensibly sets out to do?
  • Have changes been sustained, and are they sustainable?
  • What broad conclusions can be drawn, for NEITI and for the wider EITI process?