PWYP Cameroon


Issue: Grants, Research

Country: Cameroon

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Since 2007 RWI has provided support to the PWYP Cameroon coalition for the implementation of their national action plan. RWI support is intended to help improve Cameroonian civil society’s ability to actively contribute to the sustainable management and utilization of extractive revenues for poverty reduction.

Cameroon is endowed with significant quantities of natural resources, most notably oil. But although per capita income in Cameroon exceeds that of many sub-Saharan African countries, the country remains socially under-developed, with 40% of the population living in absolute poverty. However, the significance of the country's mining sector is on the rise, and in coming years it is expected that several industrial extraction projects will be developed and executed in the country.

The EITI Board reported in 2007 that Cameroon had successfully met pre-validation criteria for implementation, and the government announced that it would publish some data on the mining sector in 2009. Yet civil society organizations in Cameroon continue to suffer from poor access to information about the sector and have difficulty estimating the actual impact of the sector and its revenues on policy implementation.

PWYP Cameroon's action plan focuses on strengthening civil society organizations' ability to collect reliable information, advocate effectively for transparency and good governance and ensure their own financial sustainability. Primary activities include training sessions for various actors in the EITI, production of high-quality research and documentation and public awareness activities on extractives revenues and their use for poverty reduction.

Over the past three years, the PWYP Coalition in Cameroon has achieved great success and demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to ensuring resource revenue transparency and good governance. The 2006 and 2007 RWI-DGF grants awarded to the Coalition have strengthened their capacity to demand more transparency through EITI mechanisms. The project increased the communication opportunities between civil society groups and increased public awareness on EITI. The programs also identified that while parliamentarians have a key role to play in the transparency process, they are often unaware and ill-informed of their responsibilities. RWI believes that the PWYP Coalition in Cameroon has the capacity to push the country towards transparency in natural resource management particularly as they approach the 2010 EITI validation deadline.

For more information on the activities of PWYP Cameroon, please see www.publishwhatyoupay.org/en/category/countries/cameroon.