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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.
From the Albertine basin in Uganda to Mozambique’s gas windfall, countries in East & Southern Africa have been experiencing a flurry of extractive discoveries. Malawi hasn’t been left out, with an oil discovery under Lake Malawi and not insignificant deposits of uranium. With the majority of Malawi’s citizens living below the poverty line, discoveries such as these could be transformational for the country.
On September 22, Publish What You Pay – United States celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a reception on Capitol Hill. In attendance were members and friends of the PWYP-US coalition, Congressional staff, and allies in the United States government. Former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, a longtime champion of transparency and co-author of the amendment that ultimately became Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act, delivered keynote remarks.
It may have been slightly contrived, full of puns and spurious associations but our world cup blog tournament was a great success (and for those of us whose tournament ended before it began, a welcome relief). We posted 15 blogs from 14 countries over the two weeks – from Algeria to Honduras. The winning piece, with the most likes, was David Garcia and Jana Morgan from PWYP USA with their article on how the USA could yet regain their status as transparency champions! A huge thank you to every-one who participated!
Celeste Hicks is a freelance journalist and former BBC correspondent in Chad writing a book about the oil industry in Africa and how to break the resource curse. Published by Zed Books, it should go to press later in the year. Here she writes about her visit to Ghana.
We left off Djilali Hadjadj’s analysis on Algeria by taking a look at the country’s civil society movements. Here he gives us a quick overview of some of them and explores how Algeria can try to improve its oil governance.