About

Secrecy in the extractive sector has put the brakes on development around the world

Publish What You Pay (PWYP) is a global membership-based coalition of civil society organisations (CSOs) in over forty countries united in their call for an open and accountable extractive sector, so that oil, gas and mining revenues improve the lives of women, men and youth in resource-rich countries and that extraction is carried out in a responsible manner that benefits countries and their citizens.

We work to address the “resource curse”, a phenomenon by which countries rich in natural resources (such as oil, gas and minerals) – “resource-rich” countries – tend to have less economic growth, worse development outcomes, higher inequality and weaker institutions than countries with fewer natural resources. We do this by promoting the transparent, accountable and sustainable management of oil, gas and minerals so that they contribute to prosperity for all.

We engage at all stages of the extractive sector value chain to support research and promote training, learning and access to information by citizens.

Our coalition is made up of more than 800 member organisations and 41 national coalitions across the world, including human rights, development, environmental and faith-based organisations.

All our members and coalitions have to adhere to Publish What You Pay’s principles and standards.

We are guided by the belief that coordinating the collective actions, skills and interest of a diverse coalition of civil society organisations is the most effective way to influence key stakeholders and drive change in the extractive industries and the governmental sector.

The coalition is supported by a Secretariat and governed by various bodies, for more information visit our governance page. You can also read about our history or find out who funds us.

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