Saturday, September 20th, 2014
PWYP is a civil society global initiative that was founded in 2002 to help citizens of resource rich countries hold their governments accountable for the management of resources from the oil, gas and mining industries.The campaign comprises of over 300 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) across the world including: Global Witness, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD), OXFAM, Save the Children UK, Transparency International UK and Revenue Watch Institute. Over 30 national coalitions have been formed across the world in countries like: Ghana, Nigeria, Gabon, U.S.A and many others. On 8th October 2008, Africa Institute for Energy Governance coordinated the official launch of PWYP (Uganda).
Currently, PWYP-U is working with its members to ensure that Ugandaâ€™s legal, policy and institutional mechanisms for extractive resources and particularly oil governance are sufficiently put in place to ensure revenue transparency and accountability in Uganda during production of the above resources. PWYP-U is also aimed at training and empowering its members with knowledge and expertise in order to demand for transparency and accountability in and management of extractive resources and revenues that will be generated in future. Our activities are also aimed at promoting effective implementation of the 2008 Oil and Gas policy-Uganda through radio talk shows, TV shows, opinion articles in the national press. In particular, all member NGOs of PWYP-U are working hard to persuade the minister of energy to ensure the implementation of Objective VI of the policy which states that the Ugandan government will participate in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).
Since its launch the coalition has been involved in a number of activities. In February 2009, PWYP Uganda organised a training workshop for coalition members and other selected groups to build the capacity of the coalition. Since then the following key activities have taken place:
In July 2010, PWYP-Uganda – Bunyoro chapter was launched, where the chapter is to work hand in hand with the main coalition to promote Transparency and accountability in the Oil sector in their communities. Many CSO’s, CBO’s, Media and Religious leaders from all the districts in the region became members meaning that in each District we have a member of the chapter.
For more information contact:
Africa Institute for Energy Governance (AFIEGO)
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