Human Rights and Mining in Central America

For the last fifteen years, an increase in international demand for natural resources coupled with the recovery of mineral prices on the international market boosted the mining sector’s development. But the cost of this rush towards precious metals is considerable, especially for the communities living close to the mines. As stated by the Secretary Generals’ Special Representative on the issue of human rights and transnational companies, John Ruggie, the mining industry is the largest private sector violating human rights, a trend that is only getting worse.

Contact Person & Details: 
Marcela Escribano

Haiti: Sustainable Agriculture Project


In Haiti, more than half of the population lives below the poverty line, making roughly one dollar per day, and nearly half face problems related to malnutrition. With regard to agriculture, small local producers struggle to compete with big industries. However, intensive planting has caused soil erosion, at the same time that the forest has fallen to 2% of total land area. Poverty resulting from job insecurity and lack of jobs in general has led many to relocate to the Dominican Republic.


2006 - 2007

Pan-Amazon Social Forum in Belém

Alternatives supported the organization of the Pan-Amazon Social Forum that took place in the city of Belém in the Brazilian Amazon in January 2003. This thematic forum, held in the sphere of the World Social Forum (WSF), allowed representatives from Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and Brazil to discuss the issues surrounding the Amazon, one of the world’s largest natural resource reserves.


Cuba: Motivating the Community


Providing the backdrop to this project were attempts by Cuban civil society to improve its democratic system by encouraging increased citizen participation in policymaking.

Since the revolution, the Cuban people have been actively participating in various areas of the public sector, such as health care, education and the justice system. Today, however, the people’s involvement has descended into carrying out simple tasks that have little influence on the functioning of government.

Goals and Achievements:

1997 - 1998

DRC: Rebuilding Healthcare in N’Djili-Brasserie


In N’Djili-Brasserie, a peri-urban neighbourhood 14 kilometres from downtown Kinshasa, Alternatives has started a project to help a community in need.

The project aims to: 


Canada: Weave the Web of Solidarity


In Canada, we’ve seen evolutions in ethno cultural composition and diversity. However, racism and discrimination are still major problems, the most affected demographic being young women from visible minority and immigrant families.

2001 - 2002

Brazil: Strengthening Solidarity Economy Networks

A project with the worker training school Escolas de Marcois currently in the preparation stages, with the goal of improving the training and networking of producers in worker cooperatives and consumers of the popular solidarity economy. The project should help improve the living conditions in six regions of the state of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, where several solidarity economy programs already exist.

Brazil: Cashew micro-enterprise


Drought is a natural physical phenomenon that frequently and regularly afflicts Northeast Brazil. For a long time, drought has been harming Brazil’s semi-arid regions, mainly by destroying local ecosystems, which causes significant losses in biodiversity.

2003 - 2004

Sudan: Democracy


This project took place when the military dictatorship was increasing its repression, particularly against the people of South Sudan, in reaction to the rise of a democratic opposition that was quickly gathering strength. It was therefore necessary to take action against the arms trade that was enabling the dictatorship to persist, while refugees, displaced persons, women and children were in growing need of support.


1996 - 1998
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