Communities across the Philippines are not being given their say over whether extraction should take place. A lack of transparency and a lack of information mean they are not told of the negative consequences of mining, nor can they easily seek compensation once mining has started.
Bantay Kita, PWYP's affiliated coalition in the Philippines, wants to change this. They campaign for more transparency and accountability in the extractive sector so that communities can be empowered and informed.
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.
Members of Publish What You Pay coalitions in French-speaking Africa took part in a workshop on the new standards of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) from 5 to 7 November 2013.
The workshop, organised by the Revenue Watch Institute (RWI) in conjunction with the NGO Orcade, brought together not only members of the national PWYP coalitions but also representatives of civil society in the EITI’s national supervisory committees in 12 countries, namely Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo
Tawfiq Al-Budiji, coordinator of the PWYP affiliated coalition in Yemen, writes about how EITI reports can inform civil society’s campaign for an open and transparent extractive sector that benefits all citizens.
On October 5th the PWYP affiliated coalition in Yemen, the Transparency Coalition for Extractive Industry, organized with EITI a workshop to analyze the EITI report 2008-2010.
We as civil society need workshops and exercises like this so that we can use the EITI annual reconciliation reports.
The campaign, which runs until early December, aims to turn Canadian Prime Minister Harper’s statement on mandatory disclosure from a pledge into a reality.
Executive Director of Koyenum Immalah Foundation and national coordinator of the Publish What You Pay (PWYP), Nigeria coalition,Mrs. Faith Nwadishi, spoke with Abimbola Akosile on the issue of corruption and transparency in the extractive industry in Nigeria, among other issues. Excerpts:
Congratulations on your appointment to the EITI Board as a civil society representative from Nigeria...how has it been and what are the current activities of your board?
This summer, civil activists from Ukraine joined the global network for strengthening transparency in extractive industries Publish What You Pay (PWYP). Already on September 24, representatives of the national coaltion ("EnergyTransparency" Association) met with the PWYP international director Marinke van Riet.
Joining the PWYP was among the priorities of "EnergyTransparency" Association in 2013.
Speaking at the Open Government Partnership Summit in London last week, Prime Minister David Cameron announced the creation of a public registry that would show who really owns, and controls, companies.
The announcement comes on the back of Cameron’s pledge to introduce more transparency around beneficial ownership of companies, a pledge that was part of his effort to put ‘tax, trade and transparency’ at the heart of the UK’s presidency of the G8.
Last week I wrote about how Niger's government is seeking to renegotiate its contracts with nuclear giant AREVA, and get a better deal for its resources. Both civil society and the government deem that the current relationship between country and government is 'unbalanced' and has led to Niger losing out on potential revenue.