Extraction of natural resources, such as oil, gas, and minerals, can be a worthwhile business. For people living in resource rich areas, it can be deadly. People who live in areas where extractive industries operate often face poverty and human rights abuses. The industries exacerbate human rights abuses in many places by making lands uninhabitable and by polluting the environment.
Resource extraction often also provides a source of income to oppressive governments, making backroom deals that benefit the few instead of the many. The money exchanges between the companies and governments keep corrupt regimes in power, enriching elites while communities remain poor.
The financial transactions frequently also pay for weapons used against local peoples defending their rights and their way of life. All too often, local communities are kept in the dark, far away from decision making. Populations may not know that an extractive project is going to take place in their community. They often don’t get to decide how they want the project to proceed.
In programme we engage all stakeholders to ensure that the extractive revenues create an intergenerational benefit to all Ugandans. Government accountability and corporate accountability are therefore core aspects of the program Our advocacy and research targets land tenure security, law reforms and enactment of pro people laws, averting any conflict related extraction minerals and oil and gas balancing the extractive activities with the environment sanity.We bring remedies to communities suffering from extractive industry-related abuses through the use of innovative legal and campaign strategies.
The wellbeing and human rights of citizens particularly the local communities are centered for through trainings and sensitization. We protect the rights of people by ensuring that strong standards are in place and communities have the knowledge and skills to use these standards to protect their rights against abuse, especially in the context of abusive security forces and revenue transparency