African Centre for Advocacy and Human Development

African Centre for Advocacy and Human Development (ACAHD)

 Background

The African Centre for Advocacy and Human Development (ACAHD), located in Nigeria, is an “independent, Non-Governmental Organization,” established in January 2002 to “reflect the general needs of African people.” [1]

They describe their primary goal as “to provide means by which governments, individuals and groups may join in unified effort to ensure the future growth and development of humanity.” [1]

In addition to legal services, ACAHD also performs “promotional activities” including research studies, investigations, reports, and publications.  

Stance on Climate Change

While the African Centre for Advocacy and Human development does not appear to have an official statement on climate change, ACAHD has been a regular sponsor of the Heartland Institute's International Conferences on Climate Change (ICCCs), a gathering almost exclusively composed of individuals skeptical of man-made climate change.

 Funding

African Centre for Advocacy and Human Development (ACAHD) does not publicly list its funding sources.

Key People

As of November, 2015, the following staff members were listed on the African Centre for Advocacy and Human Development's website: [2]

Board of Directors

  • Odunuga Azumi W. – PhD
  • Barrister Paul Adepelumi LLB., BL., MA
  • Mrs Tinam Adebusola -BSc, MSc

 Staff

  • Barrister Paul Adepelumi – Executive Director
  • Mrs. Odunuga T. Adebusola – Program Officer
  • Mrs. Folashade Adenuga – Executive Secretary
  • Ojopagogo Morris – Staff Counsel (Litigation)
  • Victor Ayo-Pelumi – Accounts Officer
  • Gbenga Metajuwa – Research-Gender & Development 
  • Morenike Ojo – Communication Officer
  • Biodun Ojo – Data Analyst & Development
  • Odunuga Adebimpe  Data Development & Evaluation
  • Lawrence Aimufua –  Assistant Program & Development
  • Emmanuel Erharbor – Human Rights & Development
  • Akingboju Samuel – Human Rights & Litigation

Actions

May 21 - 23, 2012

The African Centre for Advocacy and Human Development (ACAHD) is listed as an official co-sponsor of the Heartland Institute's Seventh International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC7). [3]

June 30 - July 1, 2011

The African Centre for Advocacy and Human Development (ACAHD) was a co-sponsor of the Heartland Institute's Sixth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC6). [4]

DeSmogBlog found that 17 of the 43 sponsors of the Heartland Institute’s Sixth International Conference on Climate Change, including the Heartland Institute itself, had collectively received over $46 million from either Scaife Foundations, Koch Foundations, or ExxonMobil. [5]

December 8, 2011

Paul Adepelumi, then executive director of ACAHD, signed an open letter (PDF) by the Initiative for Public Policy Analysis (IPPA) to Robert Zoellick of the World Bank and Christiana Figueres of the UNFCCC Secretariat urging them to “carry our message on behalf of Africa's poor and hungry that environmental priorities should not undermine Africa's right to food security and prosperity.” [6]

The primary target of their concern was climate change negotiators meeting in Durban that had been considering measures to restrict the destruction of forest for farming in developing countries.

According to the letter, “the priorities of development organizations, such as the World Bank, have been focused on a global climate change agenda, which runs contrary to its original development mandate.”

March 16 - 18, 2010

The African Centre for Advocacy and Human Development (ACAHD) was a co-sponsor of the Heartland Institute's Fourth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC4) in Chicago, IL. [7]

DeSmogBlog concluded 19 of the 65 sponsors (including Heartland itself) had received a total of over $40 million in funding since 1985 from ExxonMobil (who funded 13 of the organizations), and/or Koch Industries family foundations (funded 10 organizations) and/or the Scaife family foundations (funded 10 organizations). [8]

June 2, 2009

The African Centre for Advocacy and Human Development (ACAHD) was a co-sponsor of the Heartland Institute's Third International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC3) in Washington, DC. [9]

March, 2009

The African Centre for Advocacy and Human Development (ACAHD) was a co-sponsor of the Heartland Institute's Second International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC2) in New York. [10]

DeSmogBlog researched the funding behind Heartland's Second International Conference on Climate Change, and found that sponsor organizations had received over $47 million in funding from energy companies and right-wing foundations, with 78% of that total coming from Scaife Family foundations. [11]

Related Organizations

Development Partners, as of November 2015, include: [12]

Development Partners, as of 2012 (no longer listed in 2015) included: [13]

 Resources

  1. About Us,” African Center For Advocacy And Human Development. Archived November 26, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6dJjFNQjO 

  2. Our Staff,“ African Center For Advocacy And Human Development. Archived November 26, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6dJqit07W

  3. Cosponsors,” 7th International Conference on Climate Change. Archived May 10, 2012. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmogBlog.

  4. Sixth International Conference on Climate Change Conference Program (PDF), the Heartland Institute. Archived July 25, 2015. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmogBlog.

  5. Brendan DeMelle. “Denial-a-Palooza 6: Heartland's Sixth International Conference on Climate Change, Courtesy of Koch, Scaife & Exxon,” DeSmogBlog, June 30, 2011. 

  6. “Dear Mr. Zoellick and Ms. Figueres” (PDF), Initiative for Public Policy Analysis, December 8, 2011. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmogBlog.

  7. 4th International Conference on Climate Change: Sponsored by the Heartland Institute” (Conference Program - PDF), The Heartland Institute, May, 2010. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmogBlog. 

  8. Brendan DeMelle. “Denial-a-palooza Round 4: 'International Conference on Climate Change' Groups Funded by Exxon, Koch Industries,” DeSmogBlog, May 13, 2010.

  9. Co-Sponsors,” Third International Conference on Climate Change. Archived July 14, 2010. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmogBlog.

  10. “International Conference on Climate Change: Global Warming: Was It Ever Really a Crisis?” (PDF), The Heartland Institute, March 8-10, 2009, page 29. Archived March 7, 2010.

  11. Heartland Institute's 2009 Climate Conference in New York: funding history of the sponsors,” DeSmogBlog.

  12. Development Partners,” African Center For Advocacy And Human Development. Archived November 26, 2015. WebCite URLhttp://www.webcitation.org/6dKspNg9F

  13. Our Development Partners,” African Centre for Advocacy and Human Development. Archived June, 2012.

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