- Category: ACCA News
- Published: Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:00
On 15 August 2018, the ACCA released a press release on the ruling of the UK Court of Appeal on Unilver. The ACCA press release by be downloaded by clicking here.
On 15 August 2018, the ACCA released a press release on the ruling of the UK Court of Appeal on Unilver. The ACCA press release by be downloaded by clicking here.
Thanks to the generous financial support from Lumière Synergie pour le Développement (Senegal), I was part of a group of over 40 civil society representatives from across Africa and worldwide who came together in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire on the margins of the 2018 Civil Society Forum of the African Development Bank (AfDB) which took place from 7 to 10 May in Abidjan as a prelude to the 2018 Annual Meetings of the AfDB scheduled for Busan, Republic of Korea May 21 - 25, 2018.
It gives us great pleasure to present this edition of the ACCA Quarterly Newsletter to our readers. This edition of the ACCA newsletter includes: an update on the activities in which the ACCA has been involved; an exclusive interview with Guillain Koko; along with a sneak preview of this year’s ACCA General Assembly (GA) 2018.
Following the in-person SC members meeting that took place earlier this year, the SC members decided that the theme for this year’s General Assembly (GA) will be Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC). The ACCA is pleased to collaborate with its partner organisation, KeNRA in organising this important event on the ACCA calendar.
On 14 May 2018, the Coordinator of the African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA) participated via Skype in an ILO high-level Policy Dialogue which took place in Geneva, Switzerland on “Inclusive growth and development: Aligning practices in the private sector with the 2030 development agenda”.
The event is one of five high-level policy dialogues designed to inform the work of the International Labour Organization’s Global Commission on the Future of Work (Commission). The ACCA’s input’s sought to deepen the Commission’s understanding of the issues and enrich its final report, scheduled for publication at the beginning of 2019. The agenda for the event may be found here. The ACCA took part in Session 3: Charting good practice – New incentive structures to share profits and align enterprises with SDG goals. The ACCA’s presentation was centred on the following topics:
Dear ACCA community,
It is my pleasure to announce and introduce to you the new Projects Coordinator of the ACCA: Mr Guillian Koko who joined the ACCA on 02 May 2018. Guillain will take the lead on ACCA’s substantive work on free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) and access to remedy. In addition, Guillain will be assisting the ACCA in playing a more prominent role in terms of business and human rights issues on the continent, and ACCA’s desire to support African communities and individuals whose human rights are adversely impacted daily by the activities of corporations, both multi-national and domestic. To read his bio, please scroll down.
It is my pleasure to compile this edition of the ACCA newsletter for the ACCA’s member organisations and friends. This edition of the ACCA newsletter features a story of the work done by New Media Advocacy Project (N-Map) and the Centre du Commerce International pour le Development (CECIDE) in using video to help mining-affected communities protect their rights in Guinea, as well as an introduction to the newest member of the ACCA Steering Committee (SC), and some reflections on the ACCA’s participation in this year’s Alternative Mining Indaba (AMI) in Cape Town.
Since 2017, the New Media Advocacy Project (NMAP) and the Centre du Commerce International pour le Development (CECIDE) in Guinea have worked together to integrate video into CECIDE’s grassroots outreach to inform and empower communities in Guinea where mining is slated to begin.
My name is Esther Gumboh. I am a researcher at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS), a public interest law organisation based at the School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand. I work across three programmes: Business and Human Rights, Rule of Law and Basic Services. I hold a PhD from the University of Cape Town (UCT) for a thesis entitled: A critical analysis of the impact of the Bill of Rights on punishment in Malawi. I also have an LLM in Criminal Justice from UCT and an honours degree from the University of Malawi in 2008.
The African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA) participated in the 9th Alternative Mining Indaba which took place from 5 to 7 February in Cape Town, South Africa under the theme: Making Natural Resources Work for the People: Towards Just Legal, Policy and Institutional Reforms. The AMI drew people from across Africa and beyond, representing civil society organisations and communities affected by mining activities. The aim was to give civil society a platform to discuss problems around and solutions to mining related issues on the African continent. The event was organised into plenary sessions and side events. The event was very informative and afforded the ACCA Steering Committee (SC) members an opportunity to learn more about the challenges faced by mining communities across the continent and the activities of other organisations in the sector. The members also took the opportunity to network with other civil society organisations.
ACCA and AFRILAW joint Statement - UK Court of Appeal Rules Royal Dutch Shell Not Liable for Nigeria Oil Spills
Released on 23 February 2018
Download the joint statement here.
The African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA) and African Law Foundation (AFRILAW), Nigeria express deep concern over the ruling handed down by the Court of Appeal in which the London-based Royal Dutch Shell was not responsible for oil pollution in the Niger Delta by its Nigerian subsidiary.
The African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA) congratulates the convenors of the Alternative Mining Indaba (AMI) 2018 on successfully convening the 9th AMI in Cape Town, South Africa, from 5-7 February 2018 under the theme: Making Natural Resources Work for the People: Towards Just Legal, Policy and Institutional Reforms.
Diamonds were discovered in 2006 in Marange Zimbabwe, about two kilometers from my homestead in Betera village. The discovery of diamonds resulted in a diamond rush where people from all walks of life rushed to Marange in search of the previous stone. The discovery of diamonds also meant that we would be relocated from our homes. This marked the beginning of our long relationship with the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) who approached us and provided us with guidance on how we should start organising ourselves as a united community to speak with one voice.
From 27 to 29 November 2017, ACCA and number of ACCA member organisations and a few friends of the ACCA attended the Annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights (BHR), which takes place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. This event is organised by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, and brings together a number of different stakeholders each year to discuss thematic issues around BHR. The overarching theme for the 6th UN Forum on Business and Human Rights was 'Access to Remedy'. The Forum is organised mainly with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and human rights in mind. ACCA had a stand at this year’s Forum where participants at the Forum were able to enquire about the ACCA and its ongoing activities.
This year’s ACCA General Assembly was initially meant to take place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 17-19 October. However, in light of the clash of dates of the re-elections in Kenya, an official ACCA communication was released on 12 September 2017 informing the ACCA community of the unanimous decision to postpone this year's GA, and associated side-events to be moved from Nairobi to Pretoria, with the new dates: 14-16 November 2017. A promotional video was also released ahead of this year’s GA, which may be viewed here.
Greetings to members and friends of the African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA).
It is my pleasure to compile this Newsletter for both member organisations and friends of the ACCA. The activities in which ACCA was involved has marked an important year for our Coalition, which included: the 2017 ACCA General Assembly, (GA) and the 6th annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights (BHR).
We are delighted that several ACCA member organisations participated in the 2017 annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva. During the Forum, ACCA member organisations and friends of ACCA convened, and released the following statement with their reflections and call for action:
Dear ACCA community,
Following our discussions with the ACCA Steering Committee members, our ACCA member organisations in Kenya, and with our partner organisations involved in this year's General Assembly, it was unanimously decided that it would be best to postpone this year's GA, and associated side-events, to the week of 13 November 2017. The ACCA GA will take place from 14-16 November 2017. All those that were consulted in the process also advised that the GA and associated side-events be moved out of Kenya, for a number of reasons. As such, and due to the circumstances, the GA will again take place in South Africa this year.
We stand by our friends and colleagues in Kenya during the upcoming elections. We hope these new dates will still permit all those that had intended on attending the GA to do so, and look forward to hosting you in South Africa.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Warm greetings to the ACCA community.
The upcoming ACCA General Assembly will be taking place in Nairobi, Kenya from 17-19 October. The theme for this year’s General Assembly is access to remedy. This theme was selected by the ACCA Steering Committee members for two main reasons: access to remedy is one of the themes of the ACCA working group and the theme for this year’s annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights is access to remedy.
The 4th upcoming ACCA GA will take place in Nairobi, Kenya from 17-19 October 2017. The overarching theme for this year’s General Assembly is access to remedy.
In February 2017, the World Bank made a decision not to finance the Lilongwe Water project in Malawi. This was a $290 million development project to be partly funded by the World Bank ($71m) aimed at expanding access to water services in Lilongwe district and improving the financial and operational performance of the Lilongwe Water Board. The project involved investments in the Diamphwe Multipurpose Dam, a water treatment plant and a water transmission line.
At the heart of Accountability Counsel’s cases are community members who were denied their basic right to participate in decisions that critically impact their lives. Powerful actors – governments, companies, banks – exclude community voices from “development” projects, predictably leading to serious harm.
The online registration and funding application form for the 4th ACCA GA is available here. Please note that the closing date for applications is 3 July 2017.
Dear ACCA community,
We would like to thank everyone who applied for funding to attend the 4th ACCA General Assembly. However, we have noticed that the applicants are overwhelmingly male. Bearing in mind that the ACCA aspires to achieve gender equality, which includes equal opportunities to participate in ACCA activities, we would like to extend the deadline for women representatives from within ACCA to register for the upcoming GA to 24 July 2017.
The online form may be found here.
For any queries, please don't hesitate to contact the ACCA Secretariat.
Warm greetings to the ACCA community. The ACCA year got off to a quick start with the 2nd ACCA in-person SC meeting which took place in Abuja, Nigeria from 11-13 January. An article on this meeting is featured in this edition of the ACCA newsletter.
Kenya’s country’s Vision 2030 places emphasis on trade, industrial expansion and infrastructure development (Kenya’s Vision 2030). An example of industrial expansion is the nation’s salt industry. The majority of the salt industry is located in the coastal areas where six privately owned salt manufacturing industries are based.
Thanks to the financial and technical support from the Support for good governance in the mining sector from the German Development Cooperation, a meeting was held in Bukavu in South Kivu from 11-12 August 2016 and resulted in the launching of the thematic dialogue in the mining sector in Kivu.
Gone are the days when the mining sector was a sector reserved solely for men. Even though there aren't that many women who currently work in the sector, those working in the sector are striving to ensure that their work leads to further inclusion and sustainability.
The Grand Inga hydropower scheme in the Democratic Republic of Congo will be located on the Congo River, near the city of Matadi, about 250km southwest of Kinshasa and 150 km upstream of the Congo Estuary. When built, the Grand Inga would form the world’s largest hydropower scheme, on the lower end of the Congo River, with a capacity of 40,000 MW, enough power to supply one-third of the current electricity demand in Sub-Saharan Africa (except for South Africa). SADC, NEPAD, SAPP have listed the Grand Inga as a priority project for the region because of this huge potential power.
From 16 – 26 August, the 6th Summer School on Governance and Extractive Industries took place at the Centre of Excellence for Governance and Extractive Industries in Francophone Africa (CEGIEAF) located at the Catholic University of Yaounde, Akounou-Yenne Campus.
From 2–4 November 2016, the 10th Conference of International Non-Governmental Organisations and Civil Society Organisations accredited to la Francophonie took place in Tanarive, Madagascar at Colbert hotel. The Secretary General of la Francophonie, Madame Michaelle Jean, and Administer of the International Organisation of la Francophonie (OIF), Monsieur Adama Ouane were present at the meeting.
The end of year provides a moment to reflect on achievements made within that year. In terms of the ACCA, 2016 has been a year with positive developments for our relatively young Coalition. Undoubtedly, the first in-person ACCA Steering Committee meeting and the 3rd ACCA General Assembly were both important and fruitful ACCA events during which much progress was made for our Coalition.
From 14- 16 November 2016, the 2 co-Chairs of the ACCA Steering Committee together with the Coordinator attended the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights which took place at the Palais des Nations Unies in Geneva, Switzerland. ACCA managed to secure a stand where interested parties present at the Forum to get information on the ACCA and its activities.
From 26 to 28 October, the 11th Hour Project Connect 2016 event took place in San Francisco, USA. Present at the event was the ACCA Coordinator along with ACCA member organisations which include: ADEV, International Rivers, CECIDE, International Rivers and Lien De Brouckere.
International Rivers published a guide entitled: "A Guide for Communities to be impacted by the Inga 3 Dam". This guide is intended for communities who risk being displaced, whether physically (losing access to land or home) or economically (losing assets or access to resources for income and livelihood) by the construction and operation of the Inga 3 Dam project. This guide has contributions from Rudo Sanyanga, Kirk Herbertson and Lien De Brouckere. Click here to download the guide in English.
| Deadline extended - call for applications: external research consultant - FPIC and access to remedy |
It gives me great pleasure to present this newsletter to the ACCA leadership. During the past few months, the ACCA has taken positive steps to reaching the goals as defined by its members.
The Open Society Institute for Southern Africa (OSISA) and Southern African Resources Watch (SARW) jointly organised a national workshop in Lubumbashi aimed female journalists and members of human rights NGOs from the following provinces: Haut-Katanga, le Lualaba, Central-Congo, Kasai and Maniema. The training took place in Lubumbashi, DRC at Park Hotel's Grand Hall, from 02 to 06 May 2016.
The 10th ICGLR-OECD-UN GoE Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains took place at the OECD Conference Centre from 10 to 12 Mai 2016 in Paris, France.
Call for applications: external research consultant - Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)
Terms of reference: Access to remedy
Terms of reference: Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)
Call for applications: external research consultant - access to remedy
From 6 – 7 July 2016, the African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA) hosted its 3rd General Assembly at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. The event was attended by approximately 110 people, which included a larger number of ACCA members, as well as a small number of external participants and students. The ACCA Steering Committee also used the opportunity to have two separate meetings, during which internal matters related to the ACCA were discussed.
My name is Abiodun Baiyewu-Teru. I am the country Director, Global Rights, Nigeria, and co-chairperson of the ACCA Steering Committee.
My name is Michel YOBOUE, I am the Executive Director of the civil society organisation Groupe de Recherche et de Plaidoyer sur les Industries Extractive (GRPIE) based in Cote d’Ivoire.
Prior to the ACCA Steering Committee (SC) meeting, the ACCA SC members had brainstorming sessions on how best to drive the Coalition forward. Using these sessions as a backdrop, it was decided to kick-start this ambitious project by hosting the first-ever ACCA SC in-person meeting. Planning for the meeting began in January of this year which led to the convening of ACCA SC Members in Nairobi, Kenya, from 15 – 16 February 2016.
It is a pleasure to write to the members of the African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA), at the start of what promises to be a busy and productive year for ACCA. While we have a number of key events to come, the first quarter of 2016 has gotten off to a good start for the ACCA, with several events and important meetings taking place across the continent and elsewhere already.
The 4th UN Forum on Business and Human Rights took place in Geneva, Switzerland from 16th to 18th November 2015; an initiative of the UN Counsel of Human Rights under the leadership of the Working Group on Business and Human Rights. The organisation Justice Pour Tous attended the event and presented a paper on the respect of the UN Guiding Principles by Extractive Industries.
The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative’s (EITI) flagship event in extractive resource governance, which takes place every two years, was held from 24th to 25th February in Lima, Peru. EITI is a global standard that seeks to promote open and accountable management of natural and extractive resources. It brings together business, government, civil society organisations and community based organisations. This was the 7th EITI Global Conference. The EITI Global Conference was preceded by the Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Global Assembly that was held from the 22nd to 23rd of February 2016.
Civil society organisations, academics, Faith Based Organisations, the media, community based organisations, Pan-African networks and organisations, mining-affected communities and international partners convened for the 7th Alternative Mining Indaba (AMI) under the theme “Making Natural Resources Work for the People, – Leaving No One Behind” which took place from 8th to the 11th of February 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. This year’s event attracted more than 350 participants. Since its inception in 2010, the AMI has become a platform where mining-affected communities, in particular, and relevant parties involved shared experiences, strategies to mobilise, advocacy and continuous development of strategic tools to challenge the powers that be in the extractive sector.
From 15 – 16 February 2016, ACCA Steering Committee (SC) Members convened in Nairobi, Kenya. This marked the first in‐person SC Meeting since the SC members were elected, and provided the Steering Committee members with the unique opportunity to collectively engage with the ACCA Coordinator.
This year brought some interesting developments for ACCA. As the Coalition’s first full-time coordinator, I quickly realised that I had big shoes to fill. The support from our colleagues both on the African continent and abroad is most promising, and interest in our work is steadily increasing. Indeed, the ACCA has the potential to become a truly continental coalition working towards corporate accountability in African, and an influential voice in the international arena.
African Resources Watch (AFREWATCH) is a non-governmental organisation which was established on 5 December 2013 following years of social degradation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). AFREWATCH was established by a multidisciplinary team of experts whose goal was to guarantee transparency in the extraction of natural resources in Africa as a means of ensuring socioeconomic development of the people of Africa.
In line with the “China-Africa project for the improvement of governance and forest resource governance” headed up by the International Institute for Environment and Development DRDC (IIED), and established by the WWF together with the Natural Resources Network, a multiparty stakeholder workshop was held from 8th to 9th August 2015 at the Regional Counsel of Non-Governmental Organisations for the development of the East Kasai (CRONGD)’s offices. The purpose of the workshop was to share the results of the study and discuss the current situation regarding Chinese investment and trends in land usage in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-net) and the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) organised the 4th People’s Forum on Business and Human Rights which took place from 26th to 28th October, at the Sarova Panafric Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. A total of 43 participants from all corners of the globe converged in Kenya with the overarching objective of reviewing the progress made, collectively defining new strategies in addressing issues of human rights abuses by TNCs, and establishing a common agenda between the members of the network and its partners for 2016.
This article seeks to shed light on the crisis in the Niger Delta region in Nigeria, the root causes of youth unrest within the region, and to advocate for the establishment of a workshop in the post peace-building phase.
ACCA commends the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights (Working Group) for convening the 4th Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva (Forum), from 16 – 18 November 2015. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) serves as the global convener on human rights issues, and to this end, ACCA sees the Forum as an important opportunity to hear from all key stakeholders.
Several members of the African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA) have been involved in discussions around a treaty on business and human rights, as introduced by UN Human Rights Council resolution 26/9.
By way of introduction, my name is Damian Oakes. I completed my undergraduate studies in International Relations and French. Thereafter, I completed an Honours degree in French. During my post graduate studies, I completed a language immersion programme in France during which I worked as a language assistant teaching English as a foreign language at Lycée Gabriel Fauré in Annecy, France. I completed my Masters’ degree in Interpreting and Translation (French to English) whilst focusing on international relations and human rights related issues.
Since my years as an undergraduate university student in the field of International Relations and French, I have always dreamt of working in the field of international development in Africa. Working for the ACCA has provided me with the necessary opportunity to transform this dream into reality.
The Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) is a public interest organisation that promotes the rights of marginalized and vulnerable communities in areas rich in natural resources through ensuring good governance in the environmental and natural resources sector. Since ZELA’s inception, its primary focus has been the advancement of community rights through legal instruments.
In late September, almost 60 participants coming from 19 African countries representing 45 civil society member organizations, funders and friends of the African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA) met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the Second Meeting of the ACCA. We are delighted to share with you the full report of that meeting.
We are delighted that several ACCA members were able to participate in the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights last week in Geneva, and they have released the following statement with their reflections and call for action:
After a number of internal discussions following the African Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights, the 88-member African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA) issued a statement outlining its impressions of the Forum that was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Sept. 16 to 18.
After a number of internal discussions following the African Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights, the 88-member African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA) issued a statement outlining its impressions of the Forum that was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Sept. 16 to 18.More than 60 people representing about 45 civil society organizations of the African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA) were gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last week to bring grassroots issues to a United Nations meeting at the African Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights, and to lay the structural foundation for the ACCA at its Second Meeting hosted by Global Rights.
The African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (the ACCA) is delighted to be holding its second meeting next week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 18 to 20 September.
In response to interest from ACCA member organizations, Global Rights is co-hosting a practical training session on “What to do when project impacts are in dispute? Seeking solutions through participatory monitoring and joint fact-finding with companies, communities, CSOs, and government.” This is a side event of the African Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights on September 16 from 9:30 to 1 pm.
In an op-ed this week, John Ruggie, a Harvard professor and influential leader on issues related to business and human rights, identified the importance of the open letter written by members of the Global Rights-sponsored African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA).
Activist Teklemariam Berhane of the ACCA member organization HRCO-Ethiopia was interviewed by the public radio network NPR in a segment about human rights issues surrounding the US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington this week.
We’re delighted that one of our own ACCA member organizations, Human Rights Council-Ethiopia, will be speaking on a side event panel in Washington, DC on August 5 during the US-Africa Leaders Summit.
John G. Ruggie has come out in support of the ACCA, writing in a letter to Global Rights:
The United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights is convening the African Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights, due to be held from 16 to 18 September 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
In the run-up to the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, 52 African civil society organizations have sent an open letter to U.S. President Barack Obama and the 50 invited African heads of state asking to participate and have local business and human rights priorities included in a forum that focuses on U.S. trade and foreign investment in Africa.
The second meeting of the African Coalition for Corporate Accountability will be held from 18 to 20 September 2014 in Addis Ababa, immediately following the United Nations African Regional Forum on Business & Human Rights.
The first African regional civil society convening on human rights and business concluded with the launch of a new African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA). The meeting was held in late November 2013 in Accra, Ghana and hosted by Global Rights: Partners for Justice, with participants from civil society organizations from Sub-Saharan Africa. The ACCA members came together in solidarity to address similar, corporate-related human rights harms they face in their work supporting African communities and individuals who are impacted daily by the work of corporations, both multi-national and domestic.
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