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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Koidu Appeals Court hearing begins at last

After several adjournments, on Tuesday May 21, 2024, the Sierra Leone Court of Appeal began hearing human rights claims that will determine whether community members can legally take on Koidu Limited, a multinational diamond mining company, for causing harm to their...

CiCoNet calls for allocation of 20% of Minerals Dev’t Fund proceeds to mining communities

The Citizens Committee Network (CiCoNet), an interface group of concerned citizens who help protect their communities’ development vision, is calling for the allocation of 20% of proceeds into the Minerals Development Fund to be disbursed to mining communities. This...

Nkoranza South CBFs undergo training on microgrant pathway proposal development

It is yet another interesting and educating session for our Community-Based Facilitators (CBFs) from ten communities in Nkoranza South as they gather to go through the Microgrant Pathway Proposal Development sub phase, a key component of the Facilitated Collective...

CiCoNet sharpens its advocacy skills on Ghana’s mining laws

A three-day training for national executives of the Citizens Committee Network (CiCoNet) is underway in Asiakwa in the Abuakwa South Municipality to keep CiCoNet members abreast of Ghana’s Minerals and Mining Act (Act 703 as amended). The training, referred to as...

Sierra Leone Court of Appeal again adjourns hearing on Kono Community’s human rights claims

Kono community members in Sierra Leone and their civil society partners were alarmed by the result of an Appeals Court hearing on Thursday May 9, 2024, which produced yet another delay in their case against diamond-mining company Koidu Limited. The community members...


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