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Putting women at the centre of extractive sector governance

With support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, PWYP coalitions are continuing their work to help bring decisions by women, that benefit women, to extractive sector governance As the global coronavirus crisis continues to cause devastating upheaval, an interesting trend has been observed: that of better outcomes […]

Niger: human rights defenders still unjustly detained for more than six months

Johannesburg, 15 September 2020 *** Update 30 September 2020: Moudi Moussa and Halidou Mounkaila have been released on bail. ** Update 29 September 2020: Maikoul Zodi has been released on bail. On 15 September 2020 it will be six months since three human rights defenders were jailed in Niger simply for participating in peaceful protests calling for […]

Studies in hope, resilience and achievement: how communities are benefiting from mining in Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Zimbabwe

Studies in hope, resilience and achievement: how communities are benefiting from mining in Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Zimbabwe Our 1000 Publish What You Pay (PWYP) member organisations around the world have a common vision: that their countries’ populations share the benefits of the wealth generated by their natural resources, and that the way to do […]

Towards sustainable economies in oil dependent countries

As oil prices plunge and the Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact the world, civil society must embrace new opportunities for influencing long-term policymaking in oil-dependent countries  As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, countries face the dual crises of public health emergencies and economic devastation. This twofold burden is especially challenging in oil-dependent countries, where governments are […]

Democratic Republic of Congo: harassment of Jean Claude Katende, a leader in the fight for human rights and transparency

Communique September 2020 Download the PDF version and please disseminate widely. Publish What You Pay (PWYP)’s Africa Steering Committee (ASC) calls on the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) authorities to do everything possible to end the harassment of Jean-Claude Katende. The accession of the current President and his government gave rise to new hope of […]

Adapting to COVID-19 in Africa’s Extractives Sector

PWYP members in East and Southern Africa are calling on resource-rich countries to give direct support to extractive communities and adopt progressive tax regimes in response to the pandemic As COVID-19 infection rates climb across Africa, the continent is taking decisive measures to minimise the pandemic’s impact on its people. Many African countries already have […]

Imagining PWYP climate action

Consultation with PWYP members Webinar series and consultation paper Initial discussions have started amongst a number of PWYP members to imagine what coordinated PWYP climate action could look like. So far, a small group of coalitions have outlined and discussed initial ideas for a PWYP global statement on these issues and potential areas of work […]

Niger: 100-day detention of three activists highlights deterioration of freedom of expression

This article was prepared by Amnesty International (here), which allowed us to publish it on the PWYP site. We invite you to take action using this letter, which we have prepared with Amnesty, as a template for reaching out to relevant local and regional contacts. Authorities in Niger should drop trumped-up charges and immediately release […]

Beyond revenue transparency

PWYP members call for better reporting under EU law of the impact of extractive companies on people and the planet Large oil, gas and mining companies listed on stock exchanges in the European Union are required by law to disclose information about their environmental and social policies and practices, how they ensure respect for human […]

Black Lives Matter: a watershed moment in the fight against racism

As a global movement, PWYP stands against any forms of racism and intolerance. We also acknowledge that there is always more we can do to combat it and be more inclusive. The abhorrent murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis is a watershed in the history of institutionalised racism in the United States: a history stretching […]

Finding New Ways to Drive Change

The coronavirus pandemic means adapting PWYP’s ways of working, while continuing to focus on our long-term goals, says Chenai Mukumba, Chair of PWYP’s Global Council The COVID-19 pandemic means we must all do things differently. For Publish What You Pay (PWYP), it means we need to adapt our ways of working, so we can continue […]

Oxfam’s top three recommendations for mining companies during the COVID-19 crisis

This is a guest blog from Oxfam US and an excerpt from an Oxfam policy brief. The current crisis has taken a major economic toll on the mining sector, with mineral prices falling precipitously. At the same time, for workers and community members living near mine sites the COVID-19 crisis presents extraordinary health and safety […]