Italian energy superpower ENI and Nigerian community reach historic agreement to mitigate chronic flooding of village

Joint Press Release Port Harcourt, Benin City, Accra, Rome, Paris - 8 October 2019 — After years of battle, residents of the community of Aggah in Rivers State, Nigeria, finally have hope for relief from the floods that have plagued them for five decades, thanks to a...

Sierra Leone Villagers Seek Mining Justice at ECOWAS Court

29 August 2019 – The government of Sierra Leone shot and beat protesters and helped a mining company pollute and unjustly grab traditional lands, according to a human rights lawsuit filed by residents of Koidu, Sierra Leone at the ECOWAS Court of Justice.  The...

Donkro Nkwanta Communities near completion of their projects

In no time, the communities shall be decked with many different projects that come together to fulfill the ultimate visions of Donkro Nkwanta communities. The communities began the Facilitated Collective Action Process (FCAP) in April 2017 with eight to ten months of...

First University Legal Clinic in Côte d’Ivoire Launched at Boauké

The Université Alassane Ouattara in Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire, has launched the first ever university legal clinic in the country – and one of the first in Francophone Africa.  In partnership with ACA, the Groupe de recherce et de plaidoyer sur les industries extractives...

Sierra Leone communities win right to sue Octéa mining companies jointly in local courts

Plaintiffs from Gbense and Tankoro Chiefdoms near Koidu City in Kono District, Sierra Leone, have won an ex parte ruling allowing them to serve lawsuit documents on six companies of the Octéa Group and their Managing Directors at Koidu Limited’s address in Freetown....

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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Donkro Nkwanta Communities near completion of their projects

In no time, the communities shall be decked with many different projects that come together to fulfill the ultimate visions of Donkro Nkwanta communities. The communities began the Facilitated Collective Action Process (FCAP) in April 2017 with eight to ten months of…

First University Legal Clinic in Côte d’Ivoire Launched at Boauké

The Université Alassane Ouattara in Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire, has launched the first ever university legal clinic in the country – and one of the first in Francophone Africa.  In partnership with ACA, the Groupe de recherce et de plaidoyer sur les industries extractives…

Sierra Leone communities win right to sue Octéa mining companies jointly in local courts

Sierra Leone communities win right to sue Octéa mining companies jointly in local courts.

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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