Our vision is a just world without poverty. We want a world where people are valued and treated equally, enjoy their rights as full citizens, and can influence decisions affecting their lives.
Our purpose is to help create lasting solutions to the injustice of poverty. We are part of a global movement for change, empowering people to create a future that is secure, just, and free from poverty.
Achieving our purpose – We use a combination of rights-based sustainable development programs, public education, campaigns, advocacy, and humanitarian assistance in disasters and conflicts. We challenge the structural causes of the injustice of poverty, and work with allies and partners locally and globally.
Our goal is to promote the development of pluralistic media as a necessary and critical ingredient of democratic governance, as well as economic and human development in Africa.
Our approach is informed by an organisational vision to strengthen the media sector so that it plays a more decisive role in promoting social development and economic growth, and in empowering citizens to hold governments and other institutions to account. This coheres with its strategic goal of reducing the gap between media content and the development agenda of countries in the continent.
Social and Environmental Impacts of Extractives in the Region
The development of mining, oil and gas projects often leads to negative social and environmental impacts. While the extractive industry delivers economic benefits in the form of rents and jobs, it conversely also has the potential to undermine community livelihoods through social disruption, environmental degradation and involuntary community displacement. This has often resulted in communities across Africa ‘counting the costs and questioning the benefits’ delivered by extractive projects.
Securing Extractive Benefits
Companies and governments often tout extractive projects based on the potential economic benefits they can deliver. Indeed, extractive projects result in the creation of employment and economic rents in the form of fees and taxes. Employment benefits can be direct and or indirect through local content in the form of upstream and downstream linkages to other service and manufacturing sectors. However, the ability of the sector to deliver revenue and other economic benefits is not certain and cast in stone, but is dependent on other factors.