The Extractives Global Programmatic Support (EGPS) Multi-Donor Trust Fund seeks to build extractives sectors in developing countries that drive inclusive, sustainable growth and development and ultimately, poverty reduction.
The Trust Fund supports resource-dependent developing countries in the governance of their oil, gas and mineral resources, with a strategic focus on poor and fragile/conflict-affected countries. Grants assist governments to implement a range of reforms that build a robust, transparent extractive industries sector.
The Extractives Global Programmatic Support (EGPS) Multi-Donor Trust Fund takes a holistic approach to extractive industries’ reform, recognizing that many pieces must be in place for the extractives sector to contribute to equitable growth, ensure environmental sustainability, provide fair and transparent revenue sharing and make a positive contribution to sustainable development.
The EGPS is a flexible and demand-driven program that responds to the challenges faced by resource-dependent developing countries, with the following four components.
Component 1: Revenue transparency and efficiency of public management systems through implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), which aims to improve extractives governance for the benefit of citizens in resource-rich countries. This component also supports civil society organizations (CSOs) to advocate for accountability and fight against corruption.
Component 2: Evidence-based, effective regulation and institutional strengthening to set the framework for an extractives sector that enables investment and ensures inclusive and sustainable development at the local and national level.
Component 3: Local value and diversification whereby extractive industries are integrated into the local economy and shared infrastructure is developed to foster structural economic development at the local and national level.
Component 4: Local community benefits for all and mitigating impacts on local ecosystems. This includes active community engagement through information sharing and participation in decision-making.
Across all components, EGPS seeks to foster gender equality by levelling the playing field, include women’s voices in decision-making and promote access to equal access to extractives-related benefits. EGPS activities seek a long-term positive impact for the local population, particularly those communities affected by extractive industries’ activities.
The Extractives Global Programmatic Support (EGPS) Multi-Donor Trust Fund was launched in June 2015. The portfolio and pipeline of projects continues to grow. Here are a few examples of projects initiated to date.
The EGPS Multi-Donor Trust Fund has 11 donors that have pledged approximately $40 million in support. These donors continue to demonstrate their strong commitment to translating the benefits from extractives into sustainable development for all. EGPS also works closely with the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) to deepen transparency and strengthen natural resource governance.
The Extractives Global Programmatic Support (EGPS) Multi-Donor Trust Fund is the key funding mechanism that assists developing countries to implement the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), the global standard for extractive industries’ transparency. The EITI plays an important role in creating a well-governed extractives sector that delivers positive development outcomes, allowing citizens and civil society to hold government and industry to account. The EITI has created dialogue between governments, industry and civil society, often leading to broader discussions on models for what a good governance in the extractives industries sector should look like.
The EGPS recognizes that transparency and accountability are essential prerequisites for an inclusive and sustainable sector. EGPS has supported: Mongolia, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines and Senegal, all of which achieved satisfactory progress, meaning that all aspects of each EITI requirement have been implemented and the broader objectives of EITI requirements have been fulfilled. EGPS also provided funding for many countries that are part of a larger group achieving meaningful progress, whereby significant aspects of each requirement have been implemented and the broader objectives of the requirements are being fulfilled. These countries’ successes represent significant milestones in the journey towards a transparent, accountable sector globally.
“Accelerating progress towards the routine disclosure of data through government and company systems is a strategic priority for the EITI. There are so many benefits to be gained from this approach, not least the potential to generate more useable and timely data. But there are also obstacles, including capacity. By extending and expanding the EGPS, donors and the World Bank are making an essential contribution to this agenda.” - Mark Robinson, Executive Director, EITI
Gender gaps in asset ownership, labor, livelihoods, social norms, legislation and decision-making mean that men and women are affected by extractive industries’ activities in different ways. At the level of international extractives companies, gender gaps are present at technical and executive levels. The challenge of ensuring the benefits from extractive industries are equitable for men and women is multi-dimensional and complex.
The Extractives Global Programmatic Support (EGPS) Multi-Donor Trust Fund seeks to maximize the benefits of extractive industries for all, in the belief that everyone should benefit from extractive industries, including the poorest and most vulnerable. The EGPS has a specific commitment to gender-sensitive programming, whereby the Trust Fund leverages project activities to deliver equal access to employment and income for women. Meanwhile EGPS grants are focused on improving the workplace environment for women and support women’s voice and agency. The Trust Fund also provides resources to develop and update new project preparation materials, increasing gender analysis and responses in lending operations.
In June 2018, The World Bank Group hosted the first global conference on Gender and Oil, Gas and Mining: New Frontiers of Progress, Challenges and Solutions, with more than 150 participants from a range of countries. Please click here to read more about the conference and here to view a video summarizing the event.
PLEASE NOTE EXTENSION OF EGPS GRANT DEADLINE DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
The Extractives Global Programmatic Support (EGPS) opened its Call for Proposals on March 16, 2020, with a closing date for all proposals to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 13, 2020. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the additional challenges it poses to coordinating grant proposals during this time, EGPS has now extended this deadline to April 27, 2020.
EGPS finances both Recipient-Executed (RE) and Bank-Executed (BE) grants:
Please note the below selection criteria for EGPS grants:
If you wish to apply for an EGPS grant, please contact EGPS@worldbank.org for further information and instructions.