Civil society has a crucial role to play in supporting the implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and in ensuring that the initiative delivers. In improving transparency and good governance, EITI can help citizens in resource-rich countries better benefit from their natural resources, but civil society is the essential link that can turn transparency into accountability. The following points are very important and should be considered in implementation of EITI:
Engage in public debate related to and express opinions about the EITI process without restraint, coercion or reprisal;
Operate freely in relation to the EITI process, including the ability to register, access funding, hold meetings, disseminate information, and comment publicly;
Communicate and cooperate with each other regarding the EITI process;
Engage in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the EITI process; and
Speak freely on transparency and natural resource governance issues.