Rights, Development and Democracy

Saturday, Apr 16, 2016, 1:45 pm

Co-Sponsored by Africa, Eco-Justice, and Global Economic Justice Workshop Areas

Many countries have looked to the extractive industries and large-scale investment projects as economic drivers of development. But often this “development” locks out the voices the people affected, violates the rights of local communities and leaves large scars on the face of the earth. Hear stories from activists globally and in the U.S. who are opposing large scale investment projects and working for democratic solutions and a rights-based approach to development that serves God’s people and Creation.


  • Conrado Olivera, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Joining Hands Against Hunger
  • Aniedi Okure, Africa Faith and Justice Network
  • Sister Mary Pendergast, Ecology Director for Sisters of Mercy of the Northeast
  • Gretchen Gordon, Coalition for Human Rights in Development


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