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The PWYP blog is a mix of updates, comment pieces and conversations. The views reflect those of the authors and not necessarily Publish What You Pay. If you would like to contribute a blog, please contact apowell@publishwhatyoupay.org

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United States becomes an EITI candidate country: A look at the road ahead

April 16, 2014 - 12:02

On March 19, the United States joined a group of more than 40 countries committed to improving natural resources transparency when the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) international board approved the U.S. candidacy application. The application was a collaboration over one year in the making, among the civil society, government, and industry sectors.

Extracting gold in Kyrgyzstan - blessing or curse?

April 10, 2014 - 15:41

 

With proven reserves worth $52 billion, Kumtor is one of the biggest gold mines in Central Asia, contributing 10% to the nation’s GDP. This great national treasure should be seen as a blessing to the Kyrgyz nation,so how did it become a curse?

What can transparency bring to Papua New Guinea?

April 9, 2014 - 12:49

 

It is the country with the most languages in the world, one of the highest numbers of different ethnic groups and also home to the world’s only poisonous bird. Papua New Guinea is rich in culture, rich in biodiversity and also happens to be very rich in natural resources.

Greater than the sum of its parts: working towards a regional advocacy strategy in Asia-Pacific

April 7, 2014 - 15:21

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What Uganda could gain from joining EITI

April 4, 2014 - 12:28

Robert  Tumwesigye Baganda is the Executive Director of Pro-biodiversity Conservationists in Uganda, a member organisation of PWYP Uganda. 

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is a multi-stakeholder project of governments, companies and civil society working together to improve openness and accountable management of revenues from natural resources.

Guinea - how to better benefit from natural resources through mining reform

March 28, 2014 - 15:38

Like many African countries, Guinea has embarked on a reform of its mining legislation, not only to bring it in line with good governance practices in the sector but also to take better advantage of its natural resources. The country developed a new mining code in 2011, which was amended in 2013.

Coalition in Ukraine joins Publish What You Pay

March 27, 2014 - 11:36

 

In January, PWYP gained a new national coalition in Ukraine. We haven’t publicised it, because we were wary of brandishing our news while the country was going through tumultuous times, but now feel that we shouldn’t wait longer before announcing it. Therefore, we are thrilled to welcome the “Energotransparency” Association, made up of ten organisations working on transparency and accountability in the extractives, as our affiliated coalition in Ukraine.

How can we ensure citizens are fairly compensated for their land?

March 25, 2014 - 13:29

This article about compensation policy for land taken away by the extractive sector was written by Rukiya Makuma, who works for Global Rights Alert in Uganda. Global Rights Alert is the coordinating NGO for Publish What You Pay Uganda.

Only a compensation policy will solve irregular compensations