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Faith Nwadishi

I grew up seeing a lot of the injustices surrounding natural resources

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 […]

UK – Faulty industry disclosure guidance puts responsible companies at risk

Publish What You Pay condemns faulty industry disclosure guidance, which puts responsible companies at risk. Industry guidance for the UK Reports on Payments to Governments Regulations is currently being prepared by and on behalf of the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) and the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM). Key elements […]

Preparing to surf the data wave!

‘Avalanche’, ‘deluge’, ‘tidal wave’ – there’s been a range of monikers for the amount of extractive data that is to come out over the next few years. By 2016, the EU Transparency and Accounting Directives will have yielded all the payments by project-level for all the extractive companies listed (and large companies non-listed) in the […]

Are you for Big Oil or Big Data?

CSOs Put Limited Data to Good Use, Call for Project-Level Reporting What most profoundly distinguishes American Petroleum Institute (API) from civil society organizations in resource-rich countries working to make a more transparent and accountable extractives sector? (Hint: the answer we’re looking for is not “the ability to pay for an army of high-priced lawyers” – […]

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 […]

Women of the East – a name that turned into a lifelong mission

The role of women in Central Asia has never been an easy one as they have had to take care of husbands, raise children and manage a household; many of them have had to do this while also living in poverty and being subject to society’s strict gender rules. Today, on top of this, women […]

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 […]