Revenue Transparency

PWYP was founded to campaign for oil, gas and mining companies to publish their payments to governments (such as licence fees, royalties and taxes), and for governments to be transparent about the revenues they receive.

What we do?

PWYP was founded to campaign for oil, gas and mining companies to publish their payments to governments (such as licence fees, royalties and taxes), and for governments to be transparent about the revenues they receive. This is also the basis of EITI reporting. With greater transparency, civil society can scrutinise transactions, question suspicious payments and judge whether extraction projects are beneficial to the wider public.

Beyond comprehensive EITI reporting, PWYP also supports the passing of national laws that require companies to disclose their payments to government (“mandatory disclosure”). In 2017 alone, mandatory disclosure laws in Canada, the EU and Norway resulted in more than 500 publicly available “payments to governments” reports (up from around 100). This means civil society can start to see what’s really going on in each country’s extractive sector.

Who is working on this?

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

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Benefit sharing: Zimbabwe case study

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…

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Benefit sharing: Cameroon case study

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Benefit sharing: Burkina Faso case study

The 1% gold revenue campaign - a benefit sharing campaign by PWYP Burkina Faso The Publish What You Pay (PWYP) coalition has undertaken studies of its members’ advocacy campaigns at the national level to improve the redistribution of revenue from the mining sector. It is primarily an exercise in reflection and self-evaluation. Burkina Faso is…

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Tax and Transparency - How the Global Reporting Initiative Tax Disclosure Standard compares with global extractives transparency standards

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Harnessing the Media: Exploring the Extent that Municipal Newspapers are Covering Stories on Mining, Oil, and Gas Tax Payments in Alberta, Canada

In light of PWYP’s efforts to promote training, learning, and access to information by citizens, the question arises: To what extent are insights from disclosure reports being shared and understood by communities who host mining, oil, and gas projects in Canada? This project set out to contact journalists at Canadian municipal newspapers with the aim…

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