Civil society organisations' initiative to protect child rights in extractive industry in Uganda, Malawi & Tanzania
Author: Daily News (Tanzania), Published on:
Civil society has launched new child protection programme, within the extractive sector that includes mining, oil and gas sector. The programme on child rights and safety in the extractive industry sector targets Tanzania, Malawi and Uganda.
According to the Foundation for Environmental Management and Campaign against Poverty (FEMAPO), Citizens for Justice (CFJ) and Straight Talk Foundation (STF), the project is funded by the OAK Foundation through their Child Abuse Programme...FEMAPO...said its main focus is analyzing the impact of World Bank-funded projects with the focus on the extractive industry sector on children’s rights...and advise on specific mitigation action.
The Director of Citizens for Justice (CFJ), Reinford Mwangonde,noted that the project will also focus on enhancing the capacity of governments and non-state actors to address the impact of the extractive industry on children in line with recommendations of the UN’s General Comment 16, which looks at state obligations regarding the impact of businesses on children’s rights.