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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PILEX goes to the rescue of a Nigerian widow

A member of ACA’s Public Interest Lawyering Initiative for West Africa (PILIWA), Courage Nsirimovu, has initiated pro bono legal steps to retrieve a car for a Nigerian widow, Pleasure Amadi, whose husband passed away on August 28, 2022, after a short illness. Madam...

Simandou-related construction works: Senguelen residents in Guinea share their ordeal

Some residents of Senguelen, a farming community in Guinea, are worried about the effects of construction works in the area on their lives. The on-going construction of a port and railway facilities at the Morebayah estuary, which is few kilometers to Senguelen, has...

Sowing Seeds of Sustainability: CiCoNet Leads tree planting exercise in Nkoranza

The Citizens Committee Network (CiCoNet), a community-based organization dedicated to promoting sustainable development, has embarked on a tree planting exercise at Kyerefene, near Donkro Nkwanta, in the Bono East region of Ghana. The event, held on Saturday, June 29,...

Empowering Osino CiCoNet members: The dangers of agro-chemicals and sustainable farming practices

In a bid to address the rampant misuse of agro-chemicals by farmers in Ghana, about 80 members of the Osino Citizens Committee Network (CiCoNet) gathered at Asiakwa in the Abuakwa South Municipality for an enlightening workshop. The meeting, facilitated by Advocates...

CiCoNet welcomes new members

From a humble beginning of memberships in seven communities in the then Brong Ahafo Region and the Eastern region in 2018, the Citizens Committee Network (CiCoNet) can now boast of branches in 62 communities in Ghana. CiCoNet currently has 14 branches in Nkoranza...


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We are building a regional professional community of lawyers. ACA has an ecosystem
of lawyers and other experts who collaborate with communities to defend communities’ rights
and pursue their own vision of development