The past decade and a half has seen a growing demand for raw commodities, rising prices and a mining boom. In Asia-Pacific this has led to a significant growth in mining with the sector being seen as a potential driver for economic development. However, it hasn’t been a straightforward case however of simply getting resources out of the ground - if mineral resources are to benefit citizens, policies need to be in place for a better management of natural resources and a more transparent and accountable sector.
The implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) could bring great benefit to Tajikistan. Yet, lack of government commitment and the restrictions imposed on civil society activities create the risk of undermining this much needed effort to introduce unprecedented transparency into the country’s extractive sector.
For more than a decade, despite arrests and intimidations, PWYP activists in Congo-Brazzaville have been campaigning to find out how much the country receives from its oil. Despite being in the top five oil producers of Sub-Saharan Africa, almost three quarters of the population are thought to live on less than $2 a day - for PWYP Congo B, this just doesn’t add up.
Gilbert Makore - Coordinator, PWYP Zimbabwe
The Reports on Payments to Governments Regulations 2014 were signed into UK law by Business Minister Jo Swinson MP on 28 November 2014 and came into force on 1 December 2014.
The Regulations transpose into UK law Chapter 10 “Report on payments to governments” of the revised 2013 EU Accounting Directive. They require large and publicly listed oil, gas, mining and logging companies registered (i.e. incorporated) in the UK to annually disclose the payments they make to governments on a country-by-country and project-by-project basis.
Publish What You Pay coalition commends UK government for honouring transparency pledge
It was good to meet with colleagues from German civil society, and from Publiez Ce Que Vous Payez France and Publish What You Pay Norway, this week in Berlin to discuss implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in Europe. Our workshop was organised and hosted by Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung and PowerShift to share experience and insights from our countries’ national EITI processes.
Today, UN Women and Publish What You Pay (PWYP), a global coalition campaigning for an open extractive sector, launched the toolkit “Extracting Equality – A Guide”, which examines how to approach the issue of gender within the extractive sector. Written by PWYP and UN Women, along with experts working on gender and the extractives worldwide, the guide is the first-ever extractive value chain to combine gender with good governance.
Publish What You Pay and UN Women are working together to integrate gender perspectives into natural resource governance, so that when we say we want all citizens to benefit from their resources, we really mean all citizens. To this end, we created a value chain that shows how you can approach gender at every step in the extractive process.