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Community Organizations Cordaid
Non Governmental organization
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+31 (0) 70 – 31 36 300


Grote Marktstraat 45
The Hague
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PO Box 16440
2500 BK The Hague
The Netherlands
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Cordaid works to end poverty and exclusion. We do this in the world’s most fragile and conflict-affected areas as well as in the Netherlands.

We engage communities to rebuild trust and resilience and increase people’s self-reliance. Our professionals provide humanitarian assistance and create opportunities to improve security, health care and education and stimulate inclusive economic growth.



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When Oil, Gas or Mining Arrives in Your Area: Practical Guide for Communities, Civil Society and Local Government on the Social Aspects of Oil, Gas and Mining

Manuals & Guidelines
September, 2016

This guide aims to help local organisations, communities and governments to carry out constructive, peaceful engagement and negotiation with companies and government, with the aim of achieving sustainable development and improved quality of life. Its main objectives are:



The Green Livelihoods Alliance (2021 - 2025) is an alliance of Gaia Amazonas, IUCN NL, Milieudefensie, NTFP-EP, SDI and Tropenbos International, with Fern and WECF as technical partners. The Green Livelihoods Alliance (GLA) aims to ensure that tropical forests and forest landscapes are sustainably and inclusively governed to mitigate and adapt to climate change, fulfil human rights and safeguard local livelihoods. In twelve countries in South America, Africa and Asia, as well as internationally, the Alliance works with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs) and social movements to: - increase the participation of IPLCs in policy and decision-making regarding land rights and forest governance - strengthen lobby and advocacy to hold governments and industries accountable for deforestation and human rights violations. A crucial prerequisite is to ensure the operational space and security of IPLC leaders, CSO activists, women’s rights and environmental and human rights defenders (EHRDs).

Emergency WASH Response to displacement affected population in Liben zone, Somali Region


This project targets prioritized zone in Somali region covering 4 woredas and 8 IDP sites reaching 26,451 individuals (13,541 F, 12,910 M). The target IDPs and host communities affected by conflict and live in spontaneous sites or settled within the host communities. The selected woredas are classified as severe by the WASH Cluster with limited basic services and were selected in close collaboration with Somali regional WASH cluster .The project aims to have increased equal and sustained access to reliable safe water, appropriate sanitation and hygiene services for the IDPs and host community women, men, boys and girls in the target locations. At the same time help in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in the target locations as some of these camps are congested thus at high risk. This will be achieved through improving access to secure gender-sensitive water and sanitation facilities and intensive hygiene promotion activities. The facilities will conform to cultural norms of users, and through increased awareness of key public health risks and adoption of good Hygiene practices of targeted population in the zone. To ensure inclusion of all population groups, NRC will identify people with special needs and measures undertaken in the execution of the interventions or referred to specialized partners. Housing, land and property (HLP) assessment will be undertaken at the start of the project led by NRC core competency of Information, Counseling and Legal Assistance (ICLA). This assessment will identify protection issues as well as land issues which will guide implementation of planned infrastructures in this project. This will minimize any disputes or tensions over land ownership thus fostering good co-existence in the target locations. Activities related to outputs such as awareness raising campaigns and Hygiene promotion trainings, adequate water provision and the provision of hand washing stations, including trainings provision related to operation, maintenance amp management to WASH committees will support sustainable WASH infrastructure and services. This will ultimately improve public health status of the targeted population in proposed intervention locations.Recently agreed and endorsed "Guidelines for Needs Based Targeting of Humanitarian Response in Displacement Areas,April 2019" by National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) will be used to ensure all assistance will be need based. NRC will focus lifesaving interventions for 7 months with flexibility to adjust in case of sudden spike in returned IDP numbers or new life threatening crises occurs. The project is integrated with other NRC core competencies of Education , ICLA, Livelihood and Food Security (LFS) and Shelter/ESNFI. This will ensure the beneficiaries receive an all inclusive interventions addressing most of their needs. Collaboration will also be done with health and nutrition partners to ensure unified approach given the close link between WASH, Health and Nutrition.



Cameroon boasts a huge variety of flora and fauna, spread over about 20 million hectares of tropical rainforest. About four million people live in and around these forests, including a large percentage of indigenous people such as the Baka and Bagyeli. The forest is part of the second largest rainforest in the world, through which the great Congo River flows. It plays a key role in combating dangerous climate change. But the forests in Cameroon are under severe threat. Investments in logging, industrial agriculture and mining are increasing as well as deforestation. By 2020, Cameroon lost 100,000one hundred thousand hectares of rainforest. Land rights of indigenous and local communities are not formally recognized. Land grabbing and other human rights violations by large corporations in the timber or agriculture sectors are commonplace. Forest activists who stand up for these rights are subject to intimidation, threats or violence.


Over the past five years we have put a halt to new plantations and logging permits. For example, the Ebo forest was protected from logging, saving 130 hectares of rainforest. In the coming years, Cameroon’s GLA program aims to increase and strengthen the influence and rights of indigenous peoples and local communities. We advocate for a methodology to represent them in corporate and political processes that deal with land and natural resources. The base is proper monitoring by local forest-, and human rights activists to document violations. On top of this, we will continue to campaign nationally and internationally for greater recognition and protection for indigenous and local people, and engage in resistance or use grievance procedures for redress in cases of (human) rights violations and deforestation.

Preserved ecosystems and improved livelihood conditions for rural communities in Liberia


GLA Country Context Analysis: Formal recognition of customary land ownership and security of tenure for the poor is a critical building block for inclusive and sustainable development. Since 2009, when Liberia enacted the Community Rights Law with Respect to Forest Lands that paved the way for communities to formalize their ownership claims to their customary forestlands, community rights with respect to natural resources have gained a prominent place on the political agenda. The move towards formalizing customary land claims gained further momentum in 2013 with the adoption of a Land Rights Policy that promised formal recognition and legal protection for customary rights. The Land Rights Act, which could ‘seal the deal’ for communities has however been stalled in the Liberian Legislature since 2015.


GLA Country Theory of Change 2016-2020: The GLA programme for Liberia proposes to increase the capacity of communities to resist destructive oil palm expansion and logging, increase the respect and recognition of tenure rights of local communities by government and concessionaires, and increase adherence to the full implementation of policies and laws in forest and land management. This will provide opportunity for working in Liberia to contribute to the preservation of ecosystems and improved livelihood conditions for rural communities in Liberia and specifically in the Sinoe landscape.


See attached documents for a brief summary of the Annual plans of the implementing organisation