The Bunyoro Region EITI Multi-Stakeholder Engagement

On 17th March 2021, GRA organized the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Multi-Stakeholder engagement in Bunyoro Region under the theme "Promoting Harmonized management of Extractives in Uganda". The dialogue was organized in partnership with the Uganda EITI Secretariat and the Ministry of Finance, Planning, and Economic Development. The three-day engagement created a space for the persons affected by Oil and Gas Investments in the Bunyoro region to have a direct interface with members of the Uganda EITI Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG). The MSG is an independent body whose cardinal role is to provide oversight over EITI implementation. It comprises representatives from government, civil society, and industry who work together to define objectives for EITI, ensure and monitor timely disclosure of EITI data, and also ensure that the findings contribute to public debate. The MSG and the Uganda EITI secretariat have carried out various initiatives to popularize the EITI since Uganda’s admission on 12th August 2020. The EITI regional interface with the MSG served as a platform for sharing the updates and progress of EITI processes in Uganda thus far and understanding the perceptions of the different groups such as the Local Leaders, the women, Cultural and religious leaders and how they can inform the UGEITI discussions. The MSG members also responded to many of the fears raised by the different groups in Bunyoro region which included Local government representation on the MSG, limited local content in regard to job allocations with the bias of women and youth, delayed compensation of Project Affected Persons (PAPs), economic displacement and beneficial sharing.