For the first time in its history, Niger has the chance to get a fair deal for its uranium.
A few weeks ago, the Niger government and French nuclear giant AREVA started negotiations to renew the contract over uranium extraction. For decades AREVA has enjoyed a partnership which enables it to generate billions while the citizens of Niger are not given a fair deal for their resources.
From presidential coups to new constitutions, our second documentary on Niger offers a quick snapshot of the political environment Publish What You Pay activists have faced over the past few years. It focusses on how the debate over natural resources has evolved, the treatment of Publish What You Pay activists under President Tandja's autocratic regime and their role in establishing a new level of openness in the country -- notably enshrining natural resource transparency as a key principle in Niger's new constitution.
Publish What You Pay Nigeria, calls for the immediate and unconditional release by the Nigerian police of Rev. David Ugolor over allegations of the murder of Comrade Olaitan Oyerinde.
We have watched with keen interest the developments since the detention of our colleague, Rev.
You can also view this declaration in PDF.
8 – 11 May. Maputo, Mozambique.
We, as coalition members of Publish What You Pay from 12 Eastern and Southern African countries, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, met under the auspices of Publish What You Pay (PWYP), on the theme of moving from transparency to accountability.
Click here to download a copy of the report Piping Profits
Ten of the world’s most powerful oil, gas and mining companies own 6,038 subsidiaries and over a third of them are based in secrecy jurisdictions, a new Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Norway report today reveals.
Secrecy jurisdictions facilitate illicit financial flows, to which the developing world loses US$1 trillion a year.
Today for the first time, the G8 endorsed mandatory disclosure of extractive industry payments to governments.
Activists Deliver Letter to David Cameron from 200 Ugandans
Ugandan activists have delivered a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, calling on the UK Government to ‘end the resource curse’ by supporting greater transparency in the oil industry. The letter was organised by the Publish What You Pay Coalition and signed by over 200 civil society activists from Uganda.
The Publish What You Pay coalition strongly welcomes the announcement by the UK Government that it will push for the implementation of oil, gas and mining transparency laws in the EU. If introduced, such laws would require that companies listed in the EU publish what they pay to governments for the extraction of minerals around the world. This will improve revenue transparency, helping to eradicate the corruption that has blighted some mineral rich states and improve the lives of millions of people in the developing world.
I am Chairperson of Publish What You Pay Uganda and work for an organisation called Global Rights Alert. In Uganda we are striving to ensure that the recently discovered oil in our country helps us fight poverty, disease and develop economically.
Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Cameroon
Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Cameroon is entering its sixth year with renewed vigor in its campaign for the responsible management of Cameroon’s subsoil resources. The coalition was launched in 2005 during a regional PWYP workshop in Yaoundé. After an enthusiastic start, PWYP Cameroon worked hard to meet the challenges that working as a coalition can bring. Eliminating interpersonal conflicts, encouraging information sharing and establishing a plan of action based on consensus were all part of this learning process. With the help of different capacity building programs and with support from the PWYP Africa Coordinator, the coalition was able to integrate the various structures, expertise and priorities of different members, without undermining their mandate or identity as individual organisations.