IANRA members and partners, including affected communities, began looking for solutions that could advance human and peoples’ rights of affected communities, as well as strengthen democratic, collective control of the people over their own resources.
Project Goal: Good governance in the minerals sector in Africa which ensures accountability and contributes to inclusive and sustainable growth and development, and protects human rights.
The PAA Project aims to realise the following results:
- As a continental network, IANRA is working to develop a methodology for formulating policy from community to national to international levels;
- Increased interactions and dialogue between civil society and communities on the one hand, and government and other stakeholders on the other;
- Key policymakers on the continent will have strengthened their knowledge of the impacts of mining on communities and the environment;
- The development of model legislation on mineral resources that would ensure the protection and promotion of human rights as in the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights; and
- Strengthening the knowledge and understanding of IANRA members, communities, and partners on policies at national and international levels related to natural resources.
PAA Project Activities to achieve these results include:
- Case Studies in 5 Countries. Focus: The impact of extractive industries on communities in 5 countries: Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
- Case Study Synthesis Report. Focus: Identification of key findings, similarities and differences in the case study findings.
- Legal and Policy Analysis Report. Focus: Analysis of various legislation and policies related to mineral resources. This report will be one of the most comprehensive analyses on these subjects to date and will be available for use by civil society and other stakeholders.
- Advocacy Guide. Focus: Tools and information to assist in advocacy for communities, civil society and other stakeholders.
- Draft Model Legislation and Accompanying Policies. Focus: Laws and policies that will work to ensure the protection and promotion of human rights as contained in the African Charter.
- Ongoing Consultation, Feedback and Input. Focus: Ensuring the model law is as comprehensive as possible, with input from a variety of civil society organisations, communities, and other stakeholders.
The first three-year phase of the Project (2013 to 2016) will focus on attaining the above results, with the next phase including extensive education, sharing, and advocacy focused on promoting the policy recommendations in the model legislation and accompanying policies