Publish Why You Pay and How You Extract

PWYP has broadened its campaign by advocating for transparency and accountability along more steps of the “Chain for Change” in order to determine whether women, men and youth are getting a fair deal for their resources. This will enable citizens in resource-rich countries to influence decision-making around the decision to extract, extraction rights, and to influence as well as monitor the terms and conditions of deals and contracts signed between governments and EI companies.

Contract transparency is our main line of work in this field, you can visit the contracts page to find out more about this.

Strategic Options

Below are the different strategic options our members are pursuing in this field.

a. Campaign for transparency and accountability around countries’ natural resources estimates and audits.

b. Assess the quality and suitability of the national legal frameworks managing countries’ natural resources and campaign for improvements.

c. Work for natural resource decision-making based on balanced and transparent cost-benefit analysis, with a seat at the decision-making table for civil society and communities.

d. Promote transparency and accountability in the implementation of Free, Prior and Informed Consent, especially (but not only) for indigenous peoples.

e. Campaign for contracting and licensing processes that are transparent and competitive, from tendering to award; this includes transparency regarding “beneficial ownership” of all companies bidding.

f. Advocate for contract transparency in a format that is accessible/open and comparable.

g. Advocate for an EITI standard that includes contract transparency.

h. Challenge licence or contract terms that disadvantage host countries and/or local communities or facilitate corruption.

i. Advocate for beneficial community development agreements and monitor such agreements.

j. Monitor the impacts of extraction, including on the environment, livelihoods and human rights, and advocate for effective remedies for abuses and harms.

k. Use existing and forthcoming data from licences, contracts, EITI reports and other sources strategically to demand accountability from companies, including a fair deal for host countries and their citizens.