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Image (right): A young boy in the "Paris" diamond mining camp, Liberia, June 2007.
Credit: Shawn Blore
Briefing Notes and Program Updates
ICGLR Regional Certification
Women, Security, and Resource Governance
PAC's work in the Great Lakes Region has covered a wide array of issues, from gender, natural resource governance, and human security; piloting supply chain tracking and chain of custody systems; and formalizing the artisanal mining sector. Likewise, the Great Lakes Program has produced a number of high quality publications across a similar array of issues. Click here to see the full collection.
PAC regularly publishes updates pertaining to the full range of our operations. To learn more about the current state of our programs on the ground, click here.
The Great Lakes program provides technical assistance to governments, civil society, and other stakeholders. This includes providing assessments of mineral tracking systems, advising on the development of regional standards and supporting their implementation, and ensuring compliance with effective due diligence programs.
PAC's approach is a collaborative one, and tripartite by nature. As such we have created many partnerships with various organizations, including national governments, regional bodies, and various members of civil society. Click here to view a selection of materials from our partners.
An Eye on Disclosure: The PWYP-Canada Guide to Accessing Information on Canadian Companies is a tool developed for PWYP partners around the world looking to gain access to information on the companies operating in their areas. The guide provides examples of the type of information that can be found in the securities disclosure documents of Canadian mining companies, as well as instructions on how these documents can be accessed. To access the guide in french, click here.
Publish What You Pay Canada has published a pioneering report on public disclosure regulations in Canada's extractive industries. The report details the strengths and weaknesses of Canadian disclosure rules, providing NGOs, investors and the media with a new and detailed roadmap for holding mining oil and gas companies accountable for their activities and policies.
Research and Policy Briefs
In partnership with the Mining Association of Canada, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, and the Revenue Watch Institute, PWYP - Canada has produced a draft framework for the disclosure of payments to governments for Canadian oil and mining companies operating domestically and internationally.
There is growing pressure from the development community, private sector and international institutions to open Africa’s data as a mechanism for promoting economic development and making government more accountable. As African governments begin to heed these calls and move towards opening up government information, its necessary to develop a better understanding of the broad set of implications that go hand-in-hand with opening data, both positive and negative, if it’s going to live up to expectations. This research brief is meant to provide a contextual look into existing research and commentary on open data in Africa as well as other developing countries grappling with similar contexts and challenges.
PWYP-Canada's first position paper discusses Canada's recent involvement in the EITI as a supporting country, and demonstrates why full implementation of the EITI is necessary to ensure greater transparency in the extractive sector, both nationally and internationally.
PWYP-Canada's second Position Paper features a comparison of the disclosure requirements in Canada and the US, following the US adoption of the Dodd-Frank Act. The paper focuses on two specific requirements set out in the new law, including disclosure of payments to host governments and reporting on measures taken to assure conflict minerals do not enter a company's supply chain. It concludes that harmonizing Canadian disclosure requirements with those set out in the Dodd Frank Act is necessary in order to ensure investor protection for companies operating on both sides of the border, as well as for Canada to live up to its commitment to transparency and corporate accountability.
APERIO - PWYP-Canada Newsletter
Publish What You Pay - Canada periodically publishes the APERIO newsletter. To view the achive, click here to be taken to the PWYP Canada publications page.
PWYP - International
Publish What You Pay - International maintains an extensive collection of resources and publications. For further reading, please visit their site.