Mar 26, 2021 by Coalition

The Coalition welcomes new members: ACCA, Civicus and Namati

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We have hit the 100-members milestone: in March 2021, the Coalition for human rights in development welcomed the African Centre for Corporate Accountability (ACCA), Civicus and Namati among its members. 

We are proud of this milestone, and we are deeply grateful and humbled by the incredible work our new and old members are carrying out around the world. We are also grateful to all those other organizations, groups and people who – even though are not official members – work very closely with us and are precious allies.

Each of you brings skills, expertise, power, energy and inspiration to our collective work.  Each of you contributes to build a new model for development, that respects human rights and is led by communities. Each of you brings a different perspective and has a different focus, but by uniting our efforts we are – slowly but steadily – turning the world of development finance upside down.

Our three latest members – ACCA, CIVICUS and NAMATI – well represent our values, as they coordinate networks themselves: collective power is at the core of their work.

ACCA is a network launched in 2013 and today it has 123 member organisations from 31 African countries. It supports African communities whose human rights are adversely impacted by the activities of multinational and domestic corporations. Through advocacy and capacity building activities, ACCA focuses on issues such as access to remedy, the right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), the Treaty on business and human rights process, and Chinese investments in Africa.
CIVICUS is a global alliance of civil society organisations and activists dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society, and to ensure that civic freedoms are respected across the world.  It was established in 1993 and since 2002 has been headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with additional hubs across the globe. CIVICUS is a membership alliance with more than 9,000 members in more than 175 countries.
Namati and the members of the Legal Empowerment Network work to advance social and environmental justice, by building a movement of people who know, use, and shape the law. Namati trains grassroots legal advocates, or community paralegals, in basic law and in skills like mediation, organizing, education, and advocacy. In Myanmar, India, Kenya, Mozambique and Sierra Leone their paralegals work hand in hand with communities affected by large scale investments, to protect their rights and advocate for progressive policies on land rights and investment.

 

We are really excited they have joined us and we are looking forward to learning from them. We are also looking forward to welcoming additional members in the future, and especially social movements, community groups and organizations from the Global South, who are advancing Indigenous Peoples’ rights , women’s rights, labour rights, and various intersectional social justice issues triggered by development activities . 

As the Coalition keeps expanding, we hope that collaborations among our members and partners will grow deeper, so that our collective power will grow even stronger.

 

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