Our Work

We work 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.

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. ACA’s work is divided into three streams

Community-driven Development

We support communities that are resisting destructive investment projects through community-driven development visioning, legal strategies, and technical support.


The Public Interest Lawyering Initiative for West Africa (PILIWA) is a regional movement to serve threatened communities.

Case-Based Legal Support

ACA directly intervenes to represent or otherwise support West African communities facing serious threats to their human rights, natural environment, or land and livelihoods.