The Democratic Republic of the Congo was accepted as an EITI Candidate Country in 2008.
In April, I was sent to an EITI conference in Germany to question participants for an upcoming World Bank video. I didn’t know much about EITI and its multi-donor trust fund which the World Bank manages, so I did a lot of reading on the plane from Washington, and was in place and ready the next day with cameraman Axel Goppelt outside the main doors of the conference hall in Berlin.
We interviewed EITI country members and representatives of countries supporting EITI, as well as NGO’s intent on securing social and environmental rights of people living in nations dependant on natural resources like minerals, gas, oil and timber. We also interviewed private companies involved in extracting these resources.
The views were many, some conflicting, others not. You will find those details in the upcoming video, so stay tuned to the EITI-MDTF website!!