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RELUFA identified the so-called 'resource curse' as the most poignant manifestation of global forces impinging upon the Central African territory. The region's abundant wealth in natural resources does not trickle down to the majority of its people living off less than $2 a day. Rather than improving living standards, oil-, gas- and mining industries often cost poor communities their livelihood, their drinking water and their natural environment. The vast revenues generated in this lucrative sector tend to prop up corrupt leaders and support war fare, at the expense of democratic processes.

RELUFA joins national and international efforts to advocate changes in the current trends of the extractive industries in the region. With the Chad Cameroon Oil and Pipeline Project as case study, the network follows up on unresolved compensation issues, monitors changes in living standards of the poplation living in the vicinity of the pipeline, brings their grievances to the table of a platform of the Oil Transportation Company COTCO, the Cameroonian government and NGO's as well as the World Bank, and its presses for solutions to the outstanding issues.

RELUFA further calls for transparency in the resource revenue management. As a founding member of the Cameroonian branch, the network is actively involved in the worldwide Publish What You Pay (PWYP) campaign and monitors the spenditure by the Cameroonian government through its participation in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

Following up on the transparency campaign, RELUFA launched at the end of 2010 a study on the management of Cameroon’s mining royalties at the local level and started training mining communities to raise their awareness about their revenue allocation rights.






November 2011: RELUFA holds a training workshop about mining revenue allocation for mining communities of Mobilong and Yokadouma - Read the article

November 2011: Facilitated by RELUFA and with the Catholic University of Central Africa in Yaounde as its academic partner institution, the Revenue Watch Institute (RWI) launched its Francophone Africa Regional Extractive Industry Knowledge Hub, one of six "knowledge hubs" to support transparency and good governance advocates across the world. Read about the two-week Introductory course attended by the 35 representatives from 12 resource-rich countries in Central and West Africa.

July 2011: Major Changes in the EITI Rules. Read RELUFA's report

July 2011: Press articles and other publications related to Extractive Industries in Cameroon and Central Africa. View the list

June 2011: RELUFA holds a workshop to draw attention to the management of mining royalties in Cameroon. Read the article

June 2011: A new booklet about Uranium in Cameroon

RELUFA co-produced with the Center for the Environment and Development (CED), the local Cell to Watch and Protect Victims of Mining Activities (CELPRO), the Justice and Peace Commission of the Garoua Diocese and the National Service for Justice and Peace (SNJP) of the National Episcopal Conference of the Catholic Church in Cameroon, a booklet with practical information about Uranium and its exploitation in Cameroon. Download and read the booklet (in French).

June 2011: RELUFA's Argument with Shell. Read the article.

March 2011: Royal Dutch Shell reacts to RELUFA's letter to the SEC

Royal Dutch Shell alleges that oil companies cannot comply with revenue disclosure provisions of the US Dodd Frank law because revenue disclosure is illegal in some countries and they cite Cameroon, China, and Qatar as three out of 90 countries in which they operate where revenue disclosure is prohibited. In March RELUFA responded to this allegation by writing the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) saying this is false as far as Cameroon is concerned. Read RELUFA's letter to the SEC.

January 2011: Social injustice against indigenous people groups in natural resource revenue allocation. Read the article


February 2010: Cameroon government scrutinized in EITI validation process. Read the statement of the Cameroonian PWYP coalition on the EITI validation process for Cameroon (French)

February 2010: Cameroonian NGO's suspend their participation in the three-party COTCO-CPSP-NGO Pipeline platform. Read the NGO's announcement of the suspension.

January 2010: RELUFA's EI Newsletter


December 2008: RELUFA's EI Newsletter

September 2008: World Bank throws in the towel on Oil Pipeline Project

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