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.


ACA trains university students in citizen science approaches to soil and plant analysis

More than 60 soil science students and technicians at the University of Ghana have benefitted from a three-day workshop on community-based agricultural science.  Advocates for Community Alternatives (ACA) organized the workshop with the university’s Department of Soil...

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...

Conférence annuelle PILIWA 2022

L'Initiative d'avocats d'intérêt public pour l'Afrique de l'Ouest (PILIWA) est un réseau professionnel d'avocats, de juristes et d'autres défenseurs d'Afrique de l'Ouest qui utilisent le droit pour promouvoir la justice sociale. Nous partageons une volonté commune à se servir du droit pour protéger ...

L'ACA s'associe à l'AAAS pour aider les citoyens sierra-léonais à utiliser la science dans leur quête de 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...
2022 ACA Update

2022 ACA Update

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


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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
et poursuivent leur propre vision du développement