Rachel Etter

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I’ve grown up in Malawi and I have a deep concern that the way we use our natural resources doesn’t involve or benefit all Malawians.

In the mid 2000s, Malawi’s largest mining project was launched amid many voices, those of excitement and those with concerns about the project and about mining in general for the country. I am interested in engaging with this discussion to ensure that dialogue is based on evidence and people who often do not have a voice are involved and see the benefits and not just the costs of projects. My faith motivates my work in social justice, in seeing improved relations between people and with the environment. In Malawi, I would like to see Publish What You Pay create a trustworthy platform to influence how mining contributes to sustainable development and to promote good stewardship of the resources Malawi has, the resources extracted and the revenue earned in return.

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