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...

Victory at the ECOWAS Court of Justice: Judges hold Guinea responsible for Zoghota Massacre

ABUJA, NIGERIA – 10 NOVEMBER 2020 – For over eight years, the people of Zoghota in southern Guinea have been seeking justice for the massacre that devastated their village. Today, they can finally celebrate a ruling from the regional ECOWAS Court of Justice declaring...

ACA Supports COVID-19 Prevention in Nkoranza South

As Ghana – like the rest of the world – comes to grip with the COVID-19 pandemic, ACA is doing its part to help our partner communities in Nkoranza South prepare for impact.  In partnership with the Nkoranza South Municipal Health Directorate, we have supported...

Advocates for Community Alternatives helps West African communities that are threatened by the destructive impacts of extractives-led development to take control of their own futures.  We do this by working with communities to design their own sustainable development plans and advocate to achieve those plans.  And we build networks of lawyers and other experts to help the communities’ plans come to fruition.

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ACA works in eight West African states – Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone – to promote public interest law and help threatened communities achieve a future worth fighting for. With just four full-time staff and two part-time employees, 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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We are building a regional professional community of lawyers.
We have an ecosystem of lawyers and other experts
who collaborate with communities to defend communities’ rights
and pursue their own vision of development

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