New report on the history and achievements of the Publish What You Pay coalition

Source: Mabel van Oranje and Henry Parham
Date: 19 Nov 2009

A new report documenting the origins of the Publish What You Pay (PWYP) coalition and assessing its progress between 2002 and 2007 was launched this week at the PWYP International Conference in Montreal, Canada.

The report, entitled Publishing What We Learned, was authored by Mabel van Oranje, formerly of the Open Society Institute, and Henry Parham, former International Coordinator of PWYP.

The PWYP coalition was founded in 2002 by a small, ad hoc group of London-based NGO representatives to tackle the ‘resource curse’ by campaigning for greater transparency and accountability in the management of revenues from the oil, gas and mining industries. Since then, the PWYP coalition has grown to become a global network comprised of community organisations, international NGOs and faith-based groups in more than 70 countries.

The report discusses the origins and evolution of PWYP from 2002 to 2007. It also assesses the effectiveness of PWYP’s advocacy and policy endeavours and examines how the Coalition has operated internationally. In this sense, the report is not only a narrative of PWYP’s history and accomplishments, but a practical tool to shine a light on the strengths and challenges which face a global civil society coalition.

To view the report, please go to or click on the links below:

Full report

Executive Summary