Taxes paid by oil, gas and mining companies are an important potential source of government revenue, which can be used to reduce poverty, boost development and provide basic social services such as health care and education. But tax avoidance or evasion schemes, offshore secrecy and government tax breaks to attract investment all divert potential revenues, undermining fulfilment of people’s rights to services and livelihoods.
PWYP calls for tax justice so revenues from extraction can be used to boost development, via measures such as registers of beneficial owners and companies publishing their payments to individual country governments. With our members and partners, we work to ensure that EITI reports provide detailed information on fiscal regimes and tax payments by extractive companies, so the data can be reconciled with other sources – such as alternative reports, journalist investigations and supreme audit institutions – to provide real fiscal transparency.
An action-research case study of the extractive industry Two giant oil and gas fields in Kazakhstan that major European oil companies have invested in are high cost projects with few public benefits, a comprehensive new report from Publish What You Pay (PWYP) members and coalitions in three countries has found. Local communities say their health…Read Download
Story of Change In 2015, following an intensive campaign by civil society, the Government of Burkina Faso adopted a new mining code requiring mining companies to pay 1 per cent of their gross revenues to a community development fund. By July 2019, more than 12 billion Central African Francs (CFA), around US$20 million, had been…Read Download
Tracing progress towards revenue transparency and revenue sharing in the Zimbabwe extractives sector 2013-2019 The advocacy campaign by Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Zimbabwe aiming to influence mining revenue transparency and benefit sharing in the extractives sector in Zimbabwe is the focus of this case study. PWYP Zimbabwe was created in 2011, coincidentally this same year the Government of…Read Download
Sharing African mining sector profits impact of mining reform The purpose of this case study is to share the work carried out by the PWYP coalition in Cameroon, as well as its member organisations, on the issue of profit sharing in the mining sector over the last decade. For each of the actions taken, a reminder…Read Download
Lessons learned from Publish What You Pay Established in 2002, the Publish What You Pay (PWYP) movement is widespread across Africa, with nearly 30 active national coalitions working on natural resource governance. The African continent is known for its abundant natural resources, but also for its shortcomings in relation to governance and transparency in managing…Read Download