Publish What You Pay 

Email Update January 14th 2011




Cameroon Spotlight



This month we have focussed our spotlight on Cameroon, tracking PWYP Cameroon's evolution, the successes in its campaign and the challenges that remain. 


These spotlight articles are written by the PWYP international office and are based on interviews with national coordinators and key members of national coalitions and their work on campaigning for greater transparency and accountability in the extractive industries. Click here to download the spotlight or here to view it on our website.



A la rencontre de la coalition camerounaise


Ce mois-ci, dans notre série, 'à la rencontre...' nous nous somme tournés vers le Cameroun. Notre article suit l'évolution  de la coalition camerounaise, examinant les succès de leur campagne ainsi que les obstacles qui leurs restent à affronter.


Cette série est écrite par le centre de coordination de PCQPV International et reposent sur des entretiens avec les coordinateurs nationaux, ainsi qu'avec des acteurs clefs des coalitions nationales. 


Pour télécharger un pdf de l'article, cliquez ici ou ici pour le lire sur notre site.

Transparency in oil sector is crucial for peace in Sudan - Global Witness Report

global witnessIn Crude Calculations Global Witness stated that increasing transparency in the oil sector was vital to preserving peace between north and south Sudan. The existing opacity surrounding oil revenues makes it impossible to assess whether the oil-wealth sharing agreement of 2005 between the two parties is being fairly implemented, fuelling mistrust between north and south. 


Crude Calculations analyses the explanations provided by the government of Khartoum and CNPC - the main extractive company operating in the country - for the discrepancies in the figures they have published. This discrepancy is equal to 500 million dollars of revenue. Global Witness discredits the explanations provided by the two parties, further noting that both CNPC and the government have failed to provide any data backing their arguments.


However, Global Witness notes that the government has moved forward with two of its commitments: agreeing to submit the oil sector to an independent audit and engaging with EITI.


A new oil sharing agreement is to be reached this month. With the south likely to secede in this week's referendum, a new deal which is fair and transparent is more important than ever. 


The report notes that there are already discussions about the potential for a 'Publish What You Pay Sudan' group.


To read Global Witness' press release and report click here and here.



Upcoming Events


Ougadougou, Burkina Faso - Un atelier national sur l'initiative PCQPV, s'adressant à la société civile impliquée dans le processus de transparence dans les industries extractives, aura lieu le 13, 14 et 15 janvier. L'atelier permettra aux participants de comprendre la fiscalité minière, et leur apprendra aussi à lire le rapport de conciliation des paiements et des recettes dans le secteur minier.


The PWYP francophone regional Africa workshop will be taking place on 26-28 of January, it is co-organised by Revenue Watch Institute.


ONE is hosting a panel event in Berlin on the 25th of January, gathering a group of experts to discuss transparency in the extractive sector. They will look at how Germany and Europe will respond to the US initiative and whether we can find a win-win situation where both developing countries and extractive industries can benefit. For more information, please click here




Job Opportunities


Graduate Associate - Revenue Watch Institute


RWI is seeking a part-time Graduate Associate to provide research support in New York. The Associate will contribute research and analysis to a working RWI comparative database of legal and fiscal practices in oil and mineral producing countries around the world.

Application deadline: 19 January 2011

Start date: February 2011

For more information and how to apply click here



Publications Associate - Revenue Watch Institute


RWI is looking for a Publications Associate for its New York office to coordinate the editing, design, production and distribution of RWI's publications, beginning with a series of reports on local development issues in areas rich in oil, gas and other natural resources. 

Application deadline: 29 January 2011

Start date: February 2011

For more information and how to apply click here




Extractive Industries Program Coordinator (West Africa) Oxfam America


The position is a regional one with a work scope that covers large-scale extractive industries in Senegal, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Mali. As such there is considerable engagement with national Civil Society Organizations, ECOWAS Comission in Nigeria, National Governments, Local Authorities, donors and Oxfam affiliates in-region to advance common initiatives. the PC work priorities and responsibilities will be guided by Oxfam America strategic planning processes, particulalry the EI Program Strategic Paper. 

Application deadline: January 21st, 2011

Start date: March 1st, 2011

Location: Dakar, Senegal

For more information and how to apply click here


                                                   oxfamusa 2

Extractive Industries Program Coordinator - Oxfam America


This position supports the Regional Director and the Deputy Regional Director in implementing the Oxfam America regional strategic plan. The Coordinator ensures that the Program is consistent with the mission and goals of the agency, the priorities of the Regional Office in the topic of extractive industries, the regional and country strategies of Oxfam International for CAMEXCA, and the conditions in the region. 

Application deadline: February 3, 2011

Location: San Salvador, El Salvador

For more information and how to apply click here



New Year, New Look


This month we will be making changes to our website. As well as a redesign it will now be easier to browse through our resource centre thanks to a new guided search, and quicker to catch up with our lastest news as we reconfigure our home page.


By February, this newsletter will be made available to the public, whom we hope to engage with more strongly. As well as joining Facebook and making it easier to share items on our site, we will have a blog on the site for discussion and debate on all things related to PWYP. The PWYP email lists will also be reconfigured in the coming month to ensure they are a forum for focussed debate between activists.


We hope that you will check out our new site, and join in with a more interactive campaign for transparency in the extractive industries!