Community-Based Development

Across West Africa, traditional communities face environmental devastation and human rights violations as a result of an extractives-led development model that primarily benefits foreign investors and local elites.  


ACA works with selected communities facing the environmental and human rights consequences of extractive activities.  We will assist each community partner to articulate a sustainable future that fits with its unique vision, needs, and culture. Then we will work in partnership with other organizations and professional resources to provide to each community the information, capacity building, and legal and technical support to advocate for its chosen development trajectory.


We do this through the following activities:

  • Matching expert advisers with communities
  • Community-based development visioning
  • Trainings on negotiation and advocacy
  • Legal actions to clarify and strengthen community land rights


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