Publish What You Pay (PWYP) is a global network of civil society organisations united in their call for an open and accountable extractive sector, so that oil, gas and mining revenues form the basis for development and improve the lives of women, men and youth in resource-rich countries.
Despite billions of dollars of incoming revenues from oil, gas and mining extraction, citizens of more than 50 resource rich countries around the world remain steeped in poverty. If governments managed these revenues transparently and effectively, they could serve as a basis for successful economic growth and poverty reduction. This has proved to be the exception rather than the rule.
In December 1999 Global Witness published a report called A Crude Awakening, an exposé of the apparent complicity of the oil and banking industries in the plundering of state assets during Angola’s 40-year civil war. It became clear that the refusal to release financial information by major multinational oil companies aided and abetted the mismanagement and embezzlement of oil revenues by the elite in the country. The report concluded with a public call on the oil companies operating in Angola to ‘publish what you pay’.
It was clear however that the lack of transparency in the extractive industries was also a significant concern in other resource-rich but poor countries. Therefore in June 2002 Global Witness along with other founding members, CAFOD, Open Society Institute, Oxfam GB, Save the Children UK and Transparency International UK, launched the PWYP campaign, calling for all natural resource companies to disclose their payments to governments for every country of operation.
PWYP members now span 60 countries, with national affiliated campaigns in more than 35 of these, with their own national coordinators. Representatives from the entire coalition meet every three years for an international strategy meeting.
The PWYP global network is supported by an international secretariat, based in London (and a MENA/Iraq coordinator based in Lebanon). The principal role of the PWYP international secretariat is to service and support our affiliated national coalitions and members, and in so doing, sustain a cohesive, strong and vibrant global PWYP network.
Given the massive growth of the coalition in recent years, PWYP undertook a strategic review of its global advocacy priorities and scope for the period 2012-2015. As part of this process PWYP developed a new global governance structure, new strategic pillars (along with a fresh strategic framework), and new membership principles and criteria.
PWYP national affiliated coalitions currently exist in Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, France, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mongolia, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Uganda, the United Kingdom, United States, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
In addition to these coalitions, PWYP has individual member organisations in Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Australia, Bolivia, Botswana, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Germany, India, Ireland, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Netherlands, Peru, Philippines, Sao Tome and Principe, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Tajikistan.
PWYP campaigns for a world where natural resources will benefit all citizens, those of future generations as well as those of today. We believe that introducing transparency and accountability at every step along the extractive industry value chain will ensure that natural resources are managed responsibly.
We were launched as a campaign focussing on revenue transparency, calling on companies to publish what they pay. We have since expanded our scope (while still retaining revenue transparency as an important focus). To find out more about our other fields of work, please visit our activities section or explore our new strategic framework.
In order to achieve a world where natural resources benefit everyone and not just the few, PWYP engages with a number of different actors and urges them to do everything possible to create an open extractive sector. Key actors we engage with include governments, multinational, public, private and state-owned extractive companies, investors, governments, international financial institutions and donor organisations.
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