ACA 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 just 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’s work is divided into three streams:
– Community-driven development projects[link], in which 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 [link], which is building a regional movement of lawyers driven by social justice to serve threatened communities; and
– Case-based legal support [link], in which ACA directly intervenes to represent or otherwise support West African communities facing serious threats to their human rights, natural environment, or land and livelihoods.