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.
Zebbies Mumba, Gerald Mutale and Tommy Singongi, three representatives of PWYP Zambia attended Zimbabwe’s Alternative Mining Indaba which PWYP Zimbabwe helped organise. Here are some of the key lessons the Zimbabwean delegation took back with them:
PWYP-Canada welcomes proposed transparency legislation: encourages further consultation to ensure Canadian standards align with international best practice
Last week, the UK was accepted as a candidate country to EITI – in 18 months, British citizens should have a report that details how much money the government received from the extractive sector and how much companies paid. It’s a shame that the EITI wasn’t born in the 1970s before the oil revenues started flooding in, but maybe it’s a case of better late than never.
The issue of Azerbaijan was high on the agenda of last week’s Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) International Board meeting in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, as the government’s repressions place the country’s EITI status in doubt. The civil society constituency on the EITI board was united in calling for Azerbaijan’s suspension from the initiative, as the country no longer abides by one of EITI’s key principles to ensure a free and effective participation by civil society. This was assessed during a recent fact-finding mission.
The civil society organizations engage constructively on EITI implementation process for the benefits of the future of our country and the people from natural resourcesindustries. However, we have been facing many obstacles, restrictions and challenges. The civil society organizations from different regions and states have come together to review and discuss strategy to overcome the challenges during 3 days from 11 – 13 October2014 in Yangon. In doing so, the following common concerns are mentioned:
International Board of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) agreed to give Indonesia full member status or compliant country of the EITI. This decision is designated in the 28th International Board Meeting of EITI on Wednesday, October 15 2014 in Naypitaw, Myanmar.