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A light-hearted look at some of the victors in this year's fight for transparency. This list is not meant to be exhaustive! If you'd like to add anything, hop on over to our blog and say your piece in the comments section.
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.
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.
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: