Publish What You Pay (PWYP)

Publish What You Pay (PWYP) is an international coalition of NGOs that mobilizes citizens of resource-rich developing countries to hold their governments accountable for the management of revenues from the oil, gas and mining industries. PWYP works with civil society groups in over 70 countries, building national coalitions that campaign for the mandatory disclosure of company payments and government revenues from the oil, gas, and mining sector.
PWYP objectives extend beyond revenue transparency and encompass the transparent and accountable management and expenditure of public funds, as well as the public disclosure of extractive industry contracts and licensing procedures.
Why is PWYP important?
Despite billions of dollars in revenue from oil, gas and mineral extraction, citizens of many resource rich countries around the world remain steeped in poverty. Managed effectively and transparently, these extractive industry revenues could serve as a basis for successful economic growth and poverty reduction.
The call for companies to “publish what you pay” and for governments to “publish what you earn” focuses on public disclosure of revenues as a necessary first step towards more accountable management of natural resource revenues. Traditionally, companies have focused on corporate social responsibility standards, which often differ from the priorities of local communities in producing countries.  Likewise, governments in developing countries often come to rely on the voluntary contributions of companies for public services that are traditionally the responsibility of government. The political and economic structures that emerge in natural resource dependent countries often fail to yield social and cultural changes that ensure long-term investment in social development. PWYP acts as a voice to address the real needs of people on the ground in these producing countries, brokering dialogue and building local capacity to monitor government and company activity. If companies disclose what they pay, and governments disclose what they receive, then citizens are able to compare the two and hold leaders accountable for the management of this valuable source of income. PWYP also works to make transparency the context for a democratic debate over a country’s decision to exploit its resources, the terms by which it exploits them and the effective use of resource revenues to improve public services and distribute income fairly. 
Who are the key actors in PWYP?
The PWYP international team consists of an International Coordinator, a Program Officer and an Information and Advocacy Officer. There is also a PWYP Africa Regional Coordinator who supports and helps to facilitate the PWYP campaign in Africa, working with national coalitions, members and other NGO partners. The international team coordinates and supports the global coalition in advocacy, capacity building and coalition outreach. 
In addition to the international team, each PWYP affiliated national coalition has a national coordinator or focal point. These local coordinators are responsible for national goals and priorities, with support from members of their local coalitions.  These posts can be part or full-time positions, funded and managed by members of the respective coalitions, as well as by other international and/or national partners. Local coordinators are appointed according to each coalition’s independent governance procedures.
The campaign’s strategic direction is set by the PWYP Strategic Advisory Group (SAG). This steering committee is comprised of a broad spectrum of PWYP members from around the world who provide regular oversight of the campaign’s activities. While the International Coordinator, Africa Regional Coordinator, Program Officer and Information and Advocacy Officer are funded by international NGO members, the activities of the national coalitions are funded through independent solicitation of grant funds. Many of the international NGO members continue to be donors for national coalitions, but there have also been increases in local PWYP financing from embassies, industry associations and national development agencies.
How does PWYP work?
PWYP’s activities fall into two categories: Advocacy and Capacity Building.
PWYP’s advocacy agenda is expansive and reflects the campaign’s belief that transparency must be pursued by diverse yet complimentary mechanisms. At present, the advocacy agenda focuses on the EITI, stock market listing regulations, international accounting standards, contracts transparency, lending requirements of International Financial Institutions, export credit agencies, and the protection of activists.
Capacity Building
Capacity building helps local groups to mobilize citizens so they can advocate effectively and make well-informed contributions to public policy debates. PWYP works with a large network of experts and member organizations to facilitate trainings tailored to regional and country contexts, drawing heavily on the thematic priorities identified by the national coalitions. 
What is the difference between PWYP and the EITI?
While PWYP is a social movement led by a group of NGOs, the EITI is a multi-stakeholder effort involving governments, multinational and state-owned extractive companies, business and industry associations, International Financial Institutions, and civil society groups. In fact, the EITI was originally launched in response to pressure from the PWYP campaign. The EITI is based on a voluntary, country-by-country approach in which host governments declare their adherence to a set of principles and criteria aligned with the financial disclosure standards promoted by the PWYP campaign.
Both EITI and PWYP work for transparency within the extractive industries, but they use different tactics.  The most significant difference is that EITI creates an entirely voluntary standard focused on the payment and receipt of revenues, while PWYP continues to call for mandatory disclosure of licensing procedures, contracts, revenues and budgets.  Also of importance is the EITI's focus on host governments in producing countries, as compared with PWYP's wider focus on extractive companies and home governments in non-producing countries.  Members of national PWYP coalitions are often represented within the multi-stakeholder groups overseeing the EITI in candidate and compliant countries, and the civil society members sitting on the EITI international board are all from PWYP member organizations.
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