We advised members in Australia, Lebanon and Mexico on applying for Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) candidacy, and mentored coalitions in countries including Malawi, Senegal and Zambia. Members in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Senegal adopted codes of conduct – critical for civil society to be effective in national EITI multi-stakeholder groups. During 2017, the number of publicly available “payments to governments” reports – produced as a result of mandatory disclosure laws in Canada, the EU and Norway – increased from around 100 to more than 500 as a result of PWYP campaigns. Significantly, in Australia, the main opposition party, Labor, promised a mandatory disclosure law if elected.
We continued to develop activists’ capacity through our flagship Data Extractors Programme, a global initiative which trains participants to analyse data and share their knowledge with local communities. In Zimbabwe, PWYP members applied their learning to help communities use data to hold the government and companies to account. Leading advocates joined us to push the UK government to continue leading the global drive for accountability in the sector. Our members in Ukraine helped draft a law on transparency which, if passed, will bring the country in line with EITI standards.