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ARTICLE 19, CIVICUS and Publish What You Pay submit letter to OGP on Azerbaijan

ARTICLE 19, CIVICUS and Publish What You Pay have submitted a joint letter to the steering committee of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) calling on them to ensure that civil society organisations can participate in and influence Azerbaijan’s OGP action plan. Azerbaijan is a member of the OGP – a multilateral initiative that promotes open […]

Chisomo Phiri

I think that my choice to work on this campaign relates to part of the culture with which I grew up. In African culture you grow up as an extended family and I think this is in part what motivated me to do the course I did – development studies. When I started working after […]

DRC journalist determined to spread the word on natural resources

The PWYP coalition in DRC has been campaigning for years to increase understanding of EITI so that citizens can make better use of the initiative to improve the management of their natural resources. To this end, in a country the size of Western Europe with low internet and television penetration, the coalition has been training […]

Sidibe Epouse Touré

We are not a poor country. With our natural resources we are a rich country. But where does the money go? There are gaps between what the companies pay and what the government receives. Civil society has to get involved to find this information, otherwise everything happens only between the companies and the governments and […]

Moussa Iboun Conté

I am from a country deemed very resource rich – when we went to Burkina Faso for work, and we introduced ourselves as Guineans, everyone was saying “You come from a rich country – there are mineral resources, gold and diamonds”. I was really intrigued to see that there is so much attention paid to […]

Hannah Owusu Koranteng

I was trained as an agriculturist and have worked with farmers all my life. I started to see how mining competes with agriculture for land and how it devours community land. I also witnessed the differences in development and education – so many rural communities do not have a voice and do not understand what […]

Georges Mpaga

I’ve been strongly influenced by my experience working for social projects. For a decade I worked on issues related to youth health and the fight against AIDS. I saw the disease spread and the leaders mismanage the health services and there was a massive misappropriation of funds. I’ve seen people – directors, managers, powerful people […]

Cyrille Tipane

For me transparency isn’t just a job or a value, it is a way a of life. One of the things that motivates me in my work, is that in my environment, transparency isn’t an issue people talk about much. They ask themselves, ‘What’s transparency in the extractive industry? What’s the extractive industry?’ This makes […]

Claire Spoors

We need to deal with the systemic causes of poverty and inequality and the extractives sector is the obvious place to start. The extractives sector needs to be accountable, not just in terms of the use of its revenues but also regarding its impacts on human rights, the environment and society for instance. Transparency is […]

PWYP and OSIWA call for the immediate release of arrested activists in Niger

Update – All arrested activists were freed on Friday evening, but they will be summoned by a judge this week. We remain vigilant. The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and Publish What You Pay (PWYP) calls on the Nigerien authorities to immediately release ROTAB activists currently under detention and to cease the harassment […]

Arrest of PWYP Activist Ali Idrissa in Niger on day of President Hollande’s visit

Update 21/7 – All arrested activists were freed on Friday evening,but will be summoned by a judge this week. PWYP remains vigilant. Update 14:35 18/07 – Mr. Ali Idrissa was released earlier today, but he has been told that once Hollande’s visit is over, the authorities will come to pick him up and take him […]

Strengthening civil society participation in EITI – The case of DRC

This case study explores how civil society in DRC has strengthened its participation in EITI, the introduction is below – you can read it in full by clicking on the ‘download’ button Civil society has a crucial role to play in supporting the implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and in ensuring that […]