Indonesia will undergo the EITI membership validation process which will begin in September 2018. The validation process is an activity to assess the progress of a country in implementing EITI requirements. Every three years, EITI member countries will undergo validation to assess performance, promote dialogue and learning in EITI member countries and to maintain EITI’s integrity with the implementation of the same global standards in each EITI implementing country. EITI Indonesia should be validated in 2017, but because there were a number of obstacles in the completion of the 2014 EITI Report, EITI Indonesia officially requested the implementation of validation to be postponed to 2018.
Validation is carried out by providing an assessment of the entire process carried out in the completion of the 2015 EITI Report carried out in 2017. The assessment was carried out by examining a number of documents in the implementation of EITI such as work plans, minutes of meetings, communication strategies, EITI reports, annual activity reports, etc. In addition, the assessment will also be conducted through interviews with a number of parties involved in the implementation of EITI in Indonesia.
Validation procedures are divided into four stages: validation preparation, data collection and consultation / interview, review by independent validators, and review by the EITI Board. Validation preparation is carried out by collecting all required documents and self-assessment by the EITI MSG on compliance with EITI standards. At the data collection and consultation stage, the EITI International Secretariat will examine a number of documents and conduct interviews with a number of parties. The EITI International Secretariat will prepare an initial evaluation report on the progress of implementing the EITI standard before the report is submitted to the validator. The EITI MSG is given the opportunity to provide input to the report that will be submitted to the validator. The next stage is a review of the initial report of the EITI International Secretariat carried out by an independent validator. The validator prepares a report in the form of an assessment of each provision to be submitted to the EITI Board. The last stage is the Validation Committee will provide recommendations to the EITI Board regarding the compliance of a country in the implementation of the EITI Standard. The EITI Board will make the final provision whether the implementation of transparency for the country has met the EITI Standard or not.
After validation, the status of a country in EITI membership becomes satisfactory progress, meaningful progress, inadequate progress, or no progress. Countries that directly obtain satisfactory progress status directly obtain compliance status or comply with transparency standards. If a country does not get satisfactory progress status, then the validation will be carried out again between 3 to 18 months later.