San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
UCL ISR Seminar Series
Marinke van Riet, International Director, Publish What You Pay (PWYP)
Natural Resources and the role of civil society: a curse or blessing in disguise?
In this interactive seminar Marinke van Riet will take you onto a journey exploring the ‘paradox of plenty’ or resource curse and the role of civil society as an oversight actor. Publish What You Pay will feature strongly as the global civil society coalition campaigning for an open and accountable extractive industry in order for the revenues to improve the standards of living for women, men and youth in resource-rich countries. From 6 UK-based organisations in 2002 the PWYP coalition has grown to over 800 members in 2015 and continues to push the boundaries through the voluntary multistakeholder Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative as well as through regulatory revenue disclosures such as the US Dodd-Frank Section 1504 and the EU Transparency and Accounting Directives. The mandatory disclosures require extractive companies to publish all payments to governments by country and by project and combined with the information coming out of the EITI will provide citizens with the critical information to follow the money and hold governments and industry to account.
Marinke van Riet joined the civil society movement Publish What You Pay (PWYP) in August 2011 to take up the post of International Director based in London. She led a strategy development process for the coalition which resulted in the adoption of Vision 20/20 including a new strategic direction plus a new governance system. Since then the coalition has grown to over 800 members worldwide. Prior to joining PWYP, Marinke worked at Marie Stopes International in Madagascar and Ghana as well as in DRC, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Mali, Malawi, Uganda and Kenya, working for a microfinance institution and for a network focusing on pro-poor transport policies and practices. Her interest in natural resource governance stems from these cumulative experiences in Africa as in her view, these countries wouldn’t be poor if they only managed their natural wealth reasonably and equitably. Marinke has been a civil society board member of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative since 2013.
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The presentation will promptly start at 5.30pm, please make sure you arrive in plenty of time. If you arrive late we may ask you to stand at the back to ensure the seminar is not interupted.
The talk will be followed by Q&A session and a networking reception with drinks and nibbles.
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UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources
The UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources was established as an academic department in 2011. It is a cross-disciplinary institute set up to carry out research, teaching and enterprise work in the research theme of sustainable use of resources and the environment and to bring together capabilities from across UCL. In 2012 we were re-located within the Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment, and have developed a close relationship with UCL-Energy, with which we undertake joint projects, and share research tools and approaches.