Vision 2025 – a people-centred agenda for the extractive sector

Our Vision 2025 strategy lays out the roadmap towards a world where everyone benefits from their natural resources. We’ll be pushing for governments to regulate natural resource extraction in an open and accountable way, for companies to operate within an effective governance framework, and for a civil society with the skills and freedom to drive natural resource extraction that benefits all. The PWYP Secretariat’s Operational Plan 2023-2024 defines how its work will support the implementation of the strategy Vision 2025.


Our four strategic goals for 2020-2025

  • Defending and consolidating existing disclosures of payments by extractive companies to governments, both via voluntary and
    legislative mechanisms, and improving the quality and timeliness of this data. This will include data on payments to governments from the trading of oil, gas and minerals.
  • Calling for full disclosure of extractive contracts and the ultimate beneficial owners of extractive companies.
  • Identifying and working for new and necessary types of transparency, for example for governments to provide communities with the information about social, environmental and fiscal impacts of new extractive projects.
  • Working together on transnational advocacy to promote change in the governance of natural resources, supported and co-ordinated by the PWYP Secretariat. Our advocacy will be based on the information we have.
  • Strengthening our capacity to use and collect information. We will do this through new partnerships and training, linking our  embers in different countries and developing new tools and
    means of sharing information.
  • Documenting examples of our use of data, analysing what worked or did not work in the national context, then drawing and sharing general lessons for the global coalition.
  • Advocating for citizen-led reforms to natural resource governance, including reviews of government policy or its implementation.
    Being a strong voice in initiatives such as the EITI and OGP and mobilising in collective support when we or our members are threatened as a result of engagement in natural resource governance.
  • Working for the right of communities to Free, Prior and Informed Consent on planned extractive projects and the ability to call into question official decisions related to the management of oil, gas and minerals.
  • Documenting and sharing experiences of participatory approaches to extractive governance – for example in sub-national revenue and benefit-sharing, open contracting and participatory budgeting – and assessing how they can contribute to better outcomes for citizens.
  • Fostering knowledge sharing across the coalition. We will gather, analyse and communicate evidence of our impact, and of the ways in which transparency contributes to accountability and better lives for citizens.
  • Conducting research and sharing lessons and experience about the benefits and costs of extraction, including in relation to the global
    transition away from fossil fuels. This will support our advocacy and enable us to take more informed positions about when and whether extraction is in the best interests of current and future  generations of citizens.
  • Becoming more effective and inclusive. We will strengthen our capacity to conduct evidence-based advocacy, engage in collective
    leadership and building effective and well-governed coalitions. We will be inclusive of marginalised communities and strengthen our links with citizens in general. We will scale up our engagement with communities affected by extraction and ensure gender equity in the way that we ourselves work.
  • Forging links with other civil society movements, such as those for gender justice, climate justice and tax justice, and seeking synergies between their work and ours.

Outcomes for 2025

The overarching aim of this strategy is that by 2025, will be tangibly improvement in the lives of citizens in countries where PWYP works and helped these countries to prepare themselves for the future.

Opposite are the five outcomes that we aim to achieve with our global strategy by 2025.


Governments and extractive companies disclose more comprehensive, timely, reliable, accessible and demand-driven information.


Publish What You Pay is better able to use the information available to build a strong evidence base for improved governance.


Publish What You Pay coordinates more transnational advocacy efforts to drive normative, policy and behavioural change for greater accountability of governments and companies to citizens.


Publish What You Pay enables more active participation of communities, women and youth in relevant extractive governance initiatives.


Publish What You Pay is a more inclusive and diverse movement, better able to demonstrate our impact and learn from our collective experience.