Publish What You Pay: US Director Position

Revenue Watch continues to support the staffing of a full-time director for the US Publish What You Pay coalition (PWYP-US), with further support provided in-kind by Oxfam America (and previously by Global Witness). The director currently works on several tracks to promote contract and revenue transparency in the United States and in close partnership with the International PWYP Coalition:

  • Protecting the Cardin-Lugar provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act: The US director is monitoring rulemaking, appropriations and other legislative efforts surrounding Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act, the payment reporting rules for companies engaged in extractive activity. These rules, written by lead sponsors Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), were passed as part of the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010, but the delays in the rule's implementation by the Securities and Exchange Commission have increased the risk that the provisions could be rolled back. US PWYP director is advocating with Congress and key states to retain the law’s original provisions and implementing a media and outreach strategy around the pending rules release. 
  • International PWYP advocacy:  The US Director is working jointly with PWYP coalitions around the globe to support new stock exchange listing requirements for extractive companies and leverage the experience and progress made through the Dodd-Frank Act.
  • Additional advocacy:  The US director is also developing a set of EITI advocacy guidelines, to strengthen the dialogue between PWYP and the EITI International Board, and working to encourage the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to adopt a strong contract transparency policy. 

The PWYP-US campaign believes that mandatory disclosure rules such as the Cardin-Lugar provisions passed in Dodd-Frank are the only way to guarantee transparency. The coalition was instrumental in the introduction of natural resource revenue transparency proposals within the US Congress in 2008. That measure, originally called the Extractive Industries Transparency Disclosure (EITD), eventually became the rules set out in Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act. 

RWI's support of the PWYP US director is an integral part of our broader advocacy agenda, which in the U.S. has included a multi-year campaign to educate the public, investors, Congress and the press about extractive revenue governance issues and the need for transparency legislation. Our financial and institutional support has helped the PWYP US coalition maintain stability and continuity and added new members over the years, including the Sierra Club, EARTHWORKS, the International Budget Project and more recently the Enough project, the ONE Campaign and United Steel Workers.

Related Grants

Title Year Amount
Publish What You Pay: US Director Position 2011 $80,000
Publish What You Pay: US Director Position 2010 $70,000
Publish What You Pay: US Director Position 2009 $70,000
Publish What You Pay: US Director Position 2008 $67,000