Civic engagement

From remote communities to national bodies, everyone has a right to participate in decisions that affect them – and it’s vital that they do if they are to benefit from natural resource extraction.

What we do?

From remote communities to national bodies, everyone has a right to participate in decisions that affect them – and it’s vital that they do if they are to benefit from natural resource extraction.

PWYP promotes people’s participation throughout the entire process, so governments and companies can’t ignore the call for fair extraction. Our members help create spaces for people to take part in decision making, and inspire them to do so – including women, young people and marginalised groups such as indigenous peoples. We train local organisations to share knowledge about extractive projects with communities and the media, and collect people’s feedback, through carefully tailored activities such as forums, drama and radio shows. By sharing knowledge across our network, we also help civil society representatives maximise their influence in national EITI multi-stakeholder groups, and build links with others who have expertise in related areas, to reinforce people’s collective voice. Ultimately, governments and companies can’t ignore the call for fair extraction when it’s backed by the power of ordinary people.

Who is working on this?

You’ll find the members engaging on this area of work here.

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