From 12-13 October, DCAF was in Accra, Ghana participating in the regional forum, which brought together governments, civil society and companies from across Africa. Participants collaborated to take stock of progress and discuss challenges and opportunities for promoting responsible business conduct and corporate accountability in the region.
At a side event organized by the Government of Switzerland, DCAF shared the stage with other experts from the OECD, the International Code of Conduct Association, Mozambique’s Centre for Democracy and Development and Glencore. Panellists discussed how in-country working groups on business, security and human rights can promote smart partnerships between national authorities, companies and civil society to address and prevent conflicts in the natural resource sector. These working groups are strengthened through support from the Voluntary Principles Initiative.
Additionally, during a plenary session on Business and Human Rights in Conflict-affected Areas, DCAF provided inputs on requirements and good practices to reinforce security and human rights in challenging environments. Key insights included: