Conference travel support for civil society

An informed and proactive civil society that has the relevant and necessary information can be a strong force of change in the global work for increased transparency in the extractive industries. For over 50 years, multinational oil and mineral companies and states have extracted and traded with non-renewable and finite resources, surrounded by almost complete secrecy for those they handle the resources on behalf of: the citizens, investors, and society at large.

The financial secrecy that today entails the extractive industries, is most harmful for developing countries, who loose out on revenues that could have the potential to bring millions of people out of poverty. We therefore see it as crucial to include participants from resource rich developing countries.

Participation by a motivated civil society is vital if we are to achieve a just, transparent and accountable management of non-renewable and finite natural resources. It is urgent to make investments in a sustainable future and a common good.

PWYP Norway offered travel support to the conference for selected civil society-representatives living and working in resource rich, developing countries. We received over 120 applications, and from the many who were highly eligible, we could unfortunately only select 28.

We would like to thank everyone who applied, and hope that the ones who were not selected for the travel support will find value in the dissemination work that the selected delegates are to complete after the conference, and in the films and other material PWYP Norway will make available on our web site after the event.

The following candidates from civil society received travel support from PWYP Norway to attend the conference:

No Country Name Organisation
1 Bolivia Marco A. R. Escalera Rivero Somos Sur
2 Bolivia Juan Carlos Balderas Gamarra CEADL
3 Ecuador Silvia Mariela Mendez Prado Jubileo 2000
4 Ecuador Mabel Andrade AGEARTH – Ecuador
5 Ghana Mardey Ohui Ofoe Foundation for Female Photojournalists
6 Ghana Patricia Blankson Akakpo Network for Women’s Rights in Ghana
7 Ghana Richard Ellimah Wacam
8 Ghana Frederick Asiamah Public Agenda Newspaper
9 Kenya Kenneth Kigunda Harrison Africa Communicy Development Media
10 Mexico Gabriela Aguirre Fernández Fundar, Center of Analysis and Research
11 Mozambique Edson Cortês Centro de Integridade Pública
12 Mozambique Adilson Mahomed Tajú Grupo Socio
13 Nigeria Olusegun Rotimi Nigeria Labour Congress
14 Nigeria Kolawole Banwo Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre
15 Nigeria Obiageli Lynda Ukeoma Gender and Development Action
16 Peru Sandra Mosqueira Grupo Propuesta Ciudadana
17 Sierra Leone Daniel Kojo-Lansana Open Eye Development Organization
18 Sierra Leone Mohamed Konneh Association of Journalists on Mining and Extractives
19 South Sudan Mananyu Gladys Dommy Sudan Council of Churches
20 South Sudan Jamus Joseph Norwegian People’s Aid – South Sudan Program
21 South Sudan Simon Nyuot Jonglei Oil Taskforce
22 Tanzania Sarah Shija Norwegian Church Aid Tanzania
23 Tanzania Prosper Ngowi Norwegian Church Aid Tanzania
24 Tanzania Grace Kalambo Christian Council of Tanzania
25 Thailand Jockai Khaing Arakan Oil Watch
26 Uganda Atwijukire Doris Africa Institute for Energy Governance
27 Uganda Nelly Busingye Southern and Eastern African Trade Information and Negotiations Institute
28 Zimbabwe Tendayi Bobo Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association

What were the selection criteria?

  • Motivation to participate at the conference and share knowledge from the conference with home network
  • High proficiency in English is required, as English will be the conference language
  • Experience from advocacy work related to extractive industries, corruption, capital flight and/or financial secrecy is required
  • A relevant educational background is an advantage

In addition, the organisation that the participant represents, should fit one or both of the follwing traits:

  • Transparency in extractive industries, corruption, revenue tracking, and preferably also capital flight and global financial secrecy, should be a part of the organisation´s focus area.
  • If capital flight and financial secrecy are not areas currently addressed by the organisation, there should be an existing organisational interest in incorporating these areas into ongoing work and strategy.

Women were particularly encouraged to apply