Publish What You Pay launch in Zimbabwe!

Source: PWYP International
Date: 7 Sep 2021

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The Zimbabwe Chapter of the Publish What You Pay (PWYP) campaign was launched in Harare on the 26th of August 2011 at an event organized by the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) with support from the Southern Africa Resources Watch (SARW) and the Publish What You Pay Africa Secretariat. The event was attended by more than 50 participants drawn from civil society organisations, community groups, parliament, government and mining companies.

Zimbabwe is rich in minerals, with large deposits of diamonds, gold and platinum but opacity in the extractive sector has prevented the citizens from truly benefiting from their country’s richness. For example the whereabouts of US$300 million generated from mining operations in the diamond fields of Chiadzwa are largely unknown. Meanwhile, in the 2011 National Budget presentation the minister also stated that there were cases of mining companies evading tax.

The launch event involved discussions on the PWYP Africa programme, experiences from Mozambique and Zambia and the importance of promoting transparency and accountability in Africa’s mining sector. In addition, the event also resulted in a clear understanding and discussion on the importance of civil society groups in Zimbabwe joining the PWYP movement.

The major outcomes of the launch event included identification of advocacy issues on which PWYP Zimbabwe will focus on in the coming years and the increase of the Chapter membership in order to have a broad based social movement that can effectively and efficiently call government and mining companies to disclose mining contracts and revenues for the benefit of the public.

Founding members

  • Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association
  • Non Association of Non Governmental Organisations
  • Center for Research and Development
  • Action Aid International Zimbabwe
  • Womens Coalition
  • Chiadzwa Community Development
  • Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development
  • Center for Environmental Accountability