< See all resources

Empowering communities to use data for accountability in mining

Story of change

In the Philippines, the Bantay Kita-Publish What You Pay Philippines coalition (BK-PWYP) identified that EITI data could be useful in helping indigenous communities to demand their share of royalty payments from mining on community land.

But making data accessible would not in itself create change. BK-PWYP realised that it needed to understand communities’ concerns and priorities before advocating for particular approaches, tools or data use. The members of the community of Narra, in Palawan, had actually lost hope of claiming royalties from mining and did not want to get involved in a process they felt would ultimately not work. The community felt denied the power to make decisions relating to their land – land that was central to their culture, identity, wellbeing and livelihoods.

The coalition therefore began working to build the communities’ capacity on their rights more broadly, including indigenous people’s rights under the Mining Act and Indigenous Peoples Rights Act. Building on community members’ increased confidence from their new knowledge, BK-PWYP also enabled indigenous communities to understand the value of asking for data about all development interventions in their ancestral domain, including mining. It was then possible to empower them to use advocacy to demand their share of royalty payments.

This process showed that in order to be helpful to indigenous communities, BK-PWYP needed to enable them to identify their own issues in relation to extraction.

As a result, the communities are now able to engage in discussions on natural resource governance and to make decisions about their own lands.

Discover the full story here.

The PWYP Stories of change capture progress and showcase the impact of PWYP members. They help reflect on advocacy approaches taken by PWYP members, with the intention of learning and strengthening our connected advocacy within our movement.

Share this content:

Related Resources


Recommendations for a common African vision on transition minerals

To make the most of the transition minerals boom, African leaders need to come together and act urgently to ensure that the emerging transition minerals market is well-regulated, transparent, just and equitable.  The world needs to stop burning fossil fuels. Climate change is already happening and to prevent the worst impacts we must accelerate the…

Read Download

Assessing Civil Society Engagement in the EITI Process

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, or EITI, is a global standard for the good governance of oil, gas, and mineral resources. The EITI Standard requires the disclosure of information along the extractive industry value chain. The existence of an enabling environment for civil society – and particularly the ability for civil society to participate freely…

Read Download

Civil society advocacy strengthens public oversight of oil and gas deals

In 2017, the Lebanese Oil and Gas Initiative (LOGI), a civil society organisation member of PWYP, conducted an analysis of laws governing the recently developed oil and gas sector in Lebanon. This identified gaps in the legal framework that could enable corruption – in particular, risks arising from the secrecy of oil contracts and obscurity…

Read Download