In January 2017, PWYP achieved full registration as a legal and independent charity in England and Wales. Following a comprehensive human resources review, our Secretariat adopted a new staff structure in 2017, with two distinct but closely coordinated teams:
The Member Engagement team coordinates and oversees all PWYP’s member-focused activities. Its work ensures that national coalitions and existing and prospective members are supported to achieve our common goal of an open and accountable extractive sector.
The Global Initiatives and Impact team takes a global view on issues of transparency and extractives to carry out strategic work to enhance our impact globally and across the coalitions. Established in 2017, the team also monitors and evaluates our work against the business plan, and manages programme quality and learning.
The teams structure their work to address the four programmatic pillars. We also work around three institutional pillars: national coalitions, the PWYP Secretariat and governance of the global coalition. Our institutional development work supports the programme initiatives of both teams.
Key developments in 2017:
Much effort went into strengthening our ability to work strategically. Communications and funding strategies were developed and have been implemented, and a new joint fundraising and regranting policy was created. The Secretariat was expanded, with new staff joining: Isabella Kima (Communications Assistant), Demba Seydi (Regional Coordinator, Francophone West Africa), Shahrukh Ahmed (Accountant) and Duncan Edwards (Director of Global Initiatives and Impact).
We also initiated a strategic review and planning process to develop a new strategic plan for 2020-2025. The plan will guide what PWYP does collectively and the work that will be prioritised for support coordinated by the Secretariat. This process will continue throughout 2018, culminating in a new strategy to be launched at the PWYP Global Assembly in 2019. We also began a review of the PWYP Governance Manual.
At the national level, PWYP coalitions in Zambia, South Africa, Madagascar, Malawi, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Niger, Togo and Senegal held successful Annual General Meetings in 2017, reinforcing their governance processes.
More than 100 PWYP members from 23 countries met at our Africa conference in Zambia to strengthen the drive to make oil, gas and mineral wealth work for communities across the continent. Participants exchanged learning and experiences, and elected a new African Steering Committee to guide the PWYP movement on the continent from 2017 to 2020, and support effective and well-governed national coalitions.
Among the renewed leadership of our Africa campaign is Erisa Danladi, a young activist from Nigeria, who brings a strong new voice and extensive human rights expertise to our Africa Steering Committee. Elected onto the committee in July 2017 at the PWYP Africa Conference, she has since helped steer it towards prioritising tackling the repression of civic space on the continent, as well as engagement with community voices and those most affected by resource extraction.