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The African Private Security Governance Observatory (Observatory) held its Annual Conference from 8th to 9th October 2018 at the Golden Tulip Westlands Hotel, in Nairobi, Kenya under the theme: “Promoting oversight and accountability of the private security sector in Africa.” The conference was hosted by the Usalama Reforms Forum, a local partner member of the Observatory, and coordinated by the Democratic Control of the Armed Forces (DCAF).

The ACCA convened its 4th General Assembly (GA), which took place in Nairobi, Kenya from 10 to 11 October 2018. The theme for this year's ACCA GA was Free, Prior and Informed Consent. The GA was guided by community narratives. The keynote address was delivered by Ms Raya Ahmed from Save Lamu Community and Ms Hannah Owusu-Koratgeng from Wassa Association of Communities Affected by Mining (WACAM) respectively. 

The ACCA released its press statement based on this year's ACCA GA, which may be found here

It gives the ACCA Secretariat great pleasure to address the ACCA community a few days before the 2018 ACCA General Assembly (GA), which will be taking place in Nairobi Kenya. This edition of the ACCA Quarterly Newsletter includes a sneak-peek into what participants can expect from both the side events, and capacity building sessions taking place at this year’s GA, including a participant's thoughts on the 2017 ACCA GA..

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.

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), hosted by the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, is looking for a Project Coordinator. The Project Coordinator will take the lead on ACCA's substantive workstreams, currently focusing on access to remedy, and free, prior and informed consent (FPIC).

Please help us find the best possible candidates by sharing this job advert with your networks.

Please note that the deadline for applications is 18 December 2017.

For any questions, please feel free to contact Josua Loots at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the ACCA Coordinator, Damian Oakes, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Kind regards,


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.

Call for applications: external research consultant - Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)

Terms of reference: Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)

Terms of reference: Access to remedy

Call for applications: external research consultant - access to remedy

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.