This video (featuring some of my photographs) tackles the question of financial transparency in Ghana. Boakye Dankwa Boadi, a representative of a prominent human rights and environmental organization in Ghana asks what exactly oil companies in Ghana are trying to hide and calls for transparency. He calls on the American Petroleum Institute to drop its court case to block the payment transparency provisions in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
"The efforts of Mr. Boadi and others in Ghana to promote transparency and responsible governance are under threat. He sees legislation like Dodd-Frank as a measure that will help them check the money coming in to the government with payments reported by the companies themselves. He says this will help Ghana “cross the path of poverty” to becoming a more developed nation." - Chris Hufstader
Link to Oxfam America blog post by Chris Hufstader
To add your voice to the Oxfam America petition calling for transparency:http://www.oxfamamerica.org/big-oil
The latest Oxfam America Magazine is out, and features many photos from my recent assignments in Ghana and Haiti, including the cover shot, which is one of the photographs I took when we were documenting the rice farming in Artibonite, Haiti.
Here's the link to view it online:
Oxfam America's photo of the week is a blog post by Chris Hufstader: Mining money funds new market in Ghana. Citizens are watching where oil and mining revenues go in Ghana — will the money fight poverty? This is one of the photographs from my recent trip to Ghana with Chris and the Oxfam America team.
Hurricane Sandy hit New York as I was about to fly to Ghana, delaying me in Manhattan for a few days before I managed to get out on a standby flight once the airports re-opened. Once I arrived in Accra, I met with the Oxfam America team, and we set off to the Western Region of Ghana. I was working with Chris Hufstader, documenting the flow of the money generated through mining and oil in the country and where it goes. The people of Ghana are asking their government to use the revenue from these natural resources to benefit all people in the country. Here are some photographs of the trip:
All photographs ©AnnaFawcus/Oxfam