Our advocacy in the extractive industry is informed by the mandate of the Second synod of the Catholic Bishops for Africa.

See below the excerpts from the Synod:

  • God has given Africa important natural resources. Given the chronic poverty of its people, who suffer the effects of exploitation and embezzlement of funds both locally and abroad, the opulence of certain groups shocks the human conscience. Organized for the creation of wealth in their homelands, and not infrequently with the complicity of those in power in Africa, these groups too often ensure their own prosperity at the expense of the well-being of the local population. Acting in concert with all other components of civil society, the Church must speak out against the unjust order that prevents the peoples of Africa from consolidating their economies.  (Africae munus, 79)
  • Natural resources:  The earth is a precious gift of God to humanity. The Synod Fathers gave thanks to God for the abundant riches and natural resources of Africa.  But they also stated that the peoples of Africa, instead of enjoying them as a blessing and a source of real development, are victims of bad public-management by local authorities and exploitation by foreign powers.  A strict connection exists today between the exploitation of natural resources, the trafficking of arms and a contrived insecurity.  Some Multinational corporations exploit the natural resources of African countries oftentimes without concern for populations or respect for the environment, with the complicity of many privileged local people.  The Synod Fathers condemn the culture of consumerism which is wasteful, and advocate the culture of moderation. The Synod appeals to the international community to encourage the formulation of national and international legislation for the just distribution of revenue generated by natural resources for the benefit of local populations and to ensure their legal management to the advantage of countries possessing these resources, while barring, at the same time, illegal exploitation. The Synod also proposes to address the global economic system, which continues to marginalize Africa.  We highly recommend to the Church Family of God in Africa to press our governments to adopt a suitable juridic framework which takes into account the interests of our countries and their populations.  We ask Church institutions which are active in these societies to press for allowing populations to enjoy the management of their natural resources.  For her part, the Church will seek to establish a desk in various countries of the continent to monitor the management of natural resources.   (Proposition 29)
  • Looking at Africa today:  Rich in human and natural resources, many of [ Africa ‘s] people are still left to wallow in poverty and misery, wars and conflicts, crisis and chaos. … [These] are largely due to human decisions and activities by people who have no regard for the common good and this often through a tragic complicity and criminal conspiracy of local leaders and foreign interests.  (Concluding message of the synod).