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OGP's civic space policy put to the test over Azerbaijan

April 24, 2022 - 10:43

In September 2014, the Open Government Partnership (OGP) adopted a new policy to deal with concerns raised about civic space in participating countries. Together with CIVICUS, the World Alliance for Citizen Participation, and Article 19 (a human rights organisation focused on freedom of expression and information) PWYP decided to put that policy to the test and submitted the first letter of concern in March 2015 to call out the Azeri government’s crackdown on civic space over the past year. The OGP Steering Committee is meeting this week in Mexico.

Publish What You Pay condemns faulty industry disclosure guidance, which puts responsible companies at risk

March 20, 2022 - 19:07

By Miles Litvinoff

Industry guidance for the UK Reports on Payments to Governments Regulations is currently being prepared by and on behalf of the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) and the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM).

Are you for Big Oil or Big Data?

March 18, 2022 - 14:26

CSOs Put Limited Data to Good Use, Call for Project-Level Reporting

What most profoundly distinguishes American Petroleum Institute (API) from civil society organizations in resource-rich countries working to make a more transparent and accountable extractives sector?

(Hint: the answer we’re looking for is not “the ability to pay for an army of high-priced lawyers” – although that works too.)

Femmes de l’orient - un nom qui s'est transformé en une mission permanente

March 10, 2022 - 21:22

Le rôle des femmes en Asie centrale n'a jamais été facile, compte tenu du fait qu'elles doivent prendre soin de leur mari, élever les enfants et gérer un ménage; beaucoup d'entre elles ont dû le faire tout en vivant dans la pauvreté et en étant soumises à des règles strictes en raison de leur sexe. 

Women of the East – a name that turned into a lifelong mission

March 9, 2022 - 17:38

The role of women in Central Asia has never been an easy one as they have had to take care of husbands, raise children and manage a household; many of them have had to do this while also living in poverty and being subject to society’s strict gender rules.

Tunisian civil society unites for a better tomorrow

February 19, 2022 - 15:32

The revolution of 2011 in Tunisia overthrew the government, coined the term ‘Arab Spring’ and spread revolutionary sentiment across borders. Another, perhaps less obviously dramatic, consequence of the Tunisian revolution has been the increase and strengthening of civil society organisations in the country. Prior to January 2011, CSOs were namely composed of organisations that acted as instruments in the hands of the national government, and therefore were hardly in tune with the reality of societal problems.

Mauritania to include the fishing sector in its implementation of EITI

February 19, 2022 - 15:31

The fishing sector will now be included in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). The official announcement was made by the President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Mr Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, on 19 January 2022 in his opening speech at the high-level conference on “Transparency and Sustainable Development in Africa”.

Just model it! How PWYP members can develop a presentation of any oil project in 30 minutes

February 19, 2022 - 15:17

How much money will Chad see from its oil production and when? How sensitive is that to the wild fluctuations of market prices? And how does the money the government gets compare to what the oil companies get? These are some of the questions PWYP member GRAMPTC and the Berlin-based publisher OpenOil will address in an innovative workshop next week to launch financial modeling of extractives projects for civil society.

Equatorial Guinea - Behind the facade

February 5, 2022 - 22:17

The paradox of plenty is nowhere more obvious than in the small oil-rich nation of Equatorial Guinea. With a population of less than one million on which to spend its vast oil wealth, Equatorial Guinea should be a prosperous country with well looked after citizens. Instead, it is estimated that three quarters of Equatoguineans live on less than two dollars a day and abject poverty lives alongside obscene displays of wealth.