Environment and Natural Resources Governance Programme

    The Environment and Natural Resources Governance program is driven by the fact that most African countries are dependent on natural resources. In the last decade, there has been renewed efforts by multi-national companies and African governments to exploit natural resources especially petroleum and mineral resources to meet the growing international demands and national development needs. Consequently, there has been increasing massive land acquisitions that have left communities especially women and youth more vulnerable. At the same time, climate change and its consquences pause a serious threat to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. There has been increased occurrence of disasters such as extreme weather and hunger related to climate change. The strategic objective of the Natural Resources Governance program is to improve governance for sustainable utilisation of environment and natural resources. This will be achieved through:

    i) strengthening governance frameworks and improved practices that support sustainable management and utilization of environment and natural resources,

    ii) empowering communities to demand for transparency, accountability and equity in the management of environment and natural resources.