Advocates for Community Alternatives helps West African communities that are threatened by the destructive impacts of extractive projects to take control of their futures. We help communities design their own sustainable development plans and bring them to life through advocacy, legal support, and technical expertise.
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Advocates for Community Alternatives works in nine West African states – Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone – to promote public interest law and help threatened communities achieve a future worth fighting for. With ten full-time staff and one part-time employee, ACA has an out-sized impact through its partnerships with leading public interest lawyers and legal advocacy organizations in West Africa.

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10 years on, Zoghota Massacre survivors still struggle to get justice

Survivors of an August 2012 attack against the village of Zoghota, Guinea by state security forces organized a press conference  last month on the 10-year anniversary of the attack to demand that the Republic of Guinea comply with an order issued by the ECOWAS Court...

NGO supports development in Fanteakwa

Published by the Daily Times Advocates for Community Alternatives (ACA), a non-profit making organisation, is spearheading the implementation of Facilitated Collective Action Process (FCAP) in all the 34 key towns in the Fanteakwa South district as part of efforts to...

PILIWA Annual Conference 2022

The Public Interest Lawyering Initiative for West Africa (PILIWA) is a professional network of West African lawyers, legal practitioners, and other advocates who use law to promote social justice.  We share a commitment to using the law to protect the rights of...

ACA teams up with AAAS to help Sierra Leone citizens use science in the pursuit of justice

In March 2021, members of the Marginalized Affected Property Owners (MAPO), a community-based association in Kono District, Sierra Leone, finally learned what a decibel is.Of course, as residents of communities that abuts the giant Koidu Kimberlite Mine, whose...

Victims of Land Grabbing and Environmental Damage File Suit against Côte d’Ivoire in the ECOWAS Court of Justice

  Similimi in Abuja, 29 January 2021 – Frustrated by years of land loss, environmental destruction and stalled promises of relocation, the people of Similimi Community in northeastern Côte d’Ivoire have filed suit against their own government at the ECOWAS Court...
2022 ACA Update

2022 ACA Update

2022 was an amazing year, during which ACA’s internal investments...


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of lawyers and other experts who collaborate with communities to defend communities’ rights
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