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Why Fight for Transparency? Publish What You Pay Activists Tell their Story.
December 19th, 2012
For some time, we’ve been exploring new ways to talk about the need for transparency in the extractive sector. Communications in this field isn’t always the most obvious thing. It can be tricky to present a complex – and sometimes dry – subject in an engaging and accessible manner. Behind the jargon and the polysyllabic words lies a genuine – and exciting – fight for justice. How do we express the scale of what is at stake?
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Video: Niger's Struggle for Transparency
November 19th, 2012
For many developing countries, natural resource wealth offers a potential way out of persistant poverty. There are few places in the world where this is as true as Niger, a landlocked country with a per-capita GDP of just US$400. The country has substantial mining exports and potential oil reserves, but an opaque financial system empowers a corrupt and increasingly autocratic regime, and little wealth from natural resources has reached the people on the ground. Niger ranks 186th out of 187 countries on the UN Human Development Index.
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Memo to the Extractive Industries: Tell Us What You're Doing in Secrecy Jurisdictions
September 20th, 2011
As The Guardian reports this morning:
More than a third of the subsidiaries owned by major energy and mining companies including Shell, BP and Glencore are based in “secrecy jurisdictions” where company accounts are not publicly available, according to a report. The study by Publish What You Pay Norway, which campaigns for transparent accounting among oil, gas and mining giants, claims that populations in resource-rich countries are losing out because they are unable to extract financial information from businesses operating on their soil or off their seaboards. “Extractive industry giants’ corporate ownership structures, their use of secrecy jurisdictions and the...
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