News: Publish What You Pay Global Council Communique

On 4 and 5 April 2017, the Global Council (GC) of Publish What You Pay (PWYP) met in Brussels to discuss the strategic direction of the coalition and how to further advance our collective priorities. In particular, the GC discussed how to protect the space for civil society to hold governments to account and to advance natural resource governance around the world.

The GC, in consultation with all PWYP members and with support from the board and Secretariat, will lead on the development of a new strategy that will guide PWYP’s work beyond Vision 20/20.This process was launched on 4 April in a meeting held in conjunction with the PWYP board. Building on this discussion, the PWYP Secretariat will host consultation meetings with coalitions around the world, taking advantage of key upcoming events such as the PWYP Africa Conference in July and the Eurasia meeting in September. The new PWYP strategy will be shared and adopted at the next PWYP Global Assembly in 2019.

The GC meeting on 5 April provided a forum for reflection on the major challenges and successes of PWYP coalitions across the globe, as well as on specific issues that merit further development within the PWYP movement.

  • The Global Council expressed their dismay regarding the repeal of the implementing rule for Section 1504 of the Dodd Frank Act, but noted the continued progress in other capital markets that will ensure critical data is made available to support accountability.
  • The Global Council welcomed progress at the international level of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), particularly the adoption of project by project disclosure and beneficial ownership as required elements of the Standard.
  • The Global Council reiterated PWYP’s commitment to work closely with the Open Government Partnership (OGP) to advance civic space and open natural resource governance in OGP countries.
  • The Global Council welcomed the development of a PWYP Open Data statement, as well as the initiation of a wider conversation about how climate change issues can be taken into account within the extractives transparency agenda.
  • As part of their commitment to be accountable to their constituencies, the GC members will undertake a review of their performance at their next meeting in October 2017, and will share the results publically. The GC also made progress on, and committed to clarifying, the criteria by which the PWYP Secretariat undertakes joint fundraising and provides funds to national coalitions. Finally, the GC committed to strengthening the governance of the coalition and to supporting members to uphold PWYP’s Operating Principles and Membership Standards.

    The meeting re-emphasised concerns regarding the safety of members of civil society from the global PWYP coalition. The GC expressed particular concern about the arrest of ROTAB member, Mr Maikul Zodi, in Niger and demanded his immediate release. The GC reiterated their commitment to protecting activists and to countering the ongoing restrictions on civic space around the world.

    Brussels, 4-5 April 2017