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Cameroon’s predominant natural resources are petrol, bauxite, iron ore, timber and hydropower. From 2000- 2005 on average hydrocarbons contributed 28% of government fiscal revenueand made up 45% of total exports earnings. In 2009 Cameroon was producing 77 thousand barrels of oil a day. It ranks 55th in the world’s oil producing countries.

CIA World Factbook, EIA

EITI status: Candidate
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Cyrille Tipane
Coalition EITI/PWYP Cameroun
BP 1003 Yaoundé, Cameroun

pwypcameroon@yahoo.fr
Tel: +23722032341
French and English

About the campaign

PWYP Cameroon was launched in August 2005 at a workshop in Yaoundé and has ten members. Much of the coalition’s work focuses on the implementation of EITI, of which Cameroon has been a candidate country since 2007.

The coalition works on making the EITI more accessible to local communities, a key objective in order for Cameroon to reach candidate status of EITI, but also a crucial step in order for transparency to lead to accountability. The coalition pursues this objective through changing the format of EITI reports to make them more accessible and organising outreach events to raise awareness among communities of the initiative.

PWYP Cameroon also works with journalists, building their knowledge in terms of extractive industry issues so that they can report on them more frequently and accurately.

Recently the coalition has also pursued various investigations and evaluations - notably on the involvement of civil society organisations in EITI and how well informed local citizens were to the initiative.

Recent activities

19 - 21 March 2022 - PWYP Cameroon and the Cameroon Union of Journalists organised two events, in Lolabe and Campo, to raise awareness among the local communities about EITI and the extractive industry. They organised activities including radio debates, radio shows in the local languages, public forums on EITI and a training day for journalists.

1 March 2022 - PWYP Cameroon released this assessment on the latest EITI report.

1 February 2022 - PWYP Cameroon held a press conference to share their findings from their investigation into how well informed the local populations of Kribi and Figuil are about EITI and the extractive industry - only 9% of citizens had heard of EITI.

30 January 2022 - PWYP Cameroon published this paper on subnational revenue management in the country and missing funds.

13 December 2021 - PWYP Cameroon issued a press release condemning current threats against civil society activists in the country.

November - December 2012 - PWYP conducted an investigation in Kribi and Figuil to assess local communities’ knowledge of EITI and the extractive industry.

12 July 2022 -CSO members participating in EITI implementation meet M. Tim Bittinger, from the EITI Secretariat, to exchange on EITI related issues.

28 June 2022 - Debrief to the coalition about next steps and decisions taken at the PWYP Francophone Africa meeting in Dakar which took place 12-15 June 2012

You can read the outcome brief (in french) here.

7 October 2021 - Mr. Azantsa Manfoguimezi Berreck Symphorien is hired as the coalition’s new technical secretary

30 August - 2 September 2021 - PWYP Cameroon hosted a strategic workshop to evaluate civil society’s participation in the implementation of EITI in the country. The event sought to examine and resolve the issues behind Cameroon’s lack of compliant status. The agenda focussed on several themes including the sharing of best practices (drawn from the experiences of Liberia, Niger and the CAR) and the analysis of reports. Members identified the strengths and weaknesses of Cameroon’s EITI implementation as well as the actions necessary to achieve compliant status.

The coalition issued a declaration on the workshop (in French).

16 August 2021 The coalition publishes its bilingual (French - English) quarterly magazine, En Toute Transparence

Coalition members

Centre pour l’Environnement et le Développement
Dynamique Mondiale des Jeunes
Environnement Recherche Action- Cameroun
Fondation Camerounaise d’Actions Rationalisées et de Formation sur l’Environnement
Groupe AGAGES Management Consultants
Réseau de Lutte contre la Faim
Réseau National Anti Corruption (RENAC)
Service National Justice et Paix
Service œcuménique pour la Paix
Transparency International Cameroon