African Environmental Defenders play an important role in protecting their lands and ecosystems from unsustainable industrial development, logging and extractive projects. But the nature of their work can expose them to significant risks. Throughout the world, there are ever-increasing incidents of attacks against environmental defenders.
The African Environmental Defenders Initiative was instituted by Natural Justice on Human Rights Day, 2019. The Initiative’s overall objective is to enhance respect for the work of African Environmental Defenders and advocate for and secure their human rights. The Initiative aims to minimise or manage the risks faced by Defenders in Africa by offering support to enhance their resilience in terms of protection against threats.
Through the Initiative, Natural Justice established the African Environmental Defenders Fund. This is a joint programme by Natural Justice and the various partners which provides emergency funding to land and environmental Defenders based in Africa whose lives are under threat due to their activism or actions. The website of the Fund can be accessed here: https://envirodefenders.africa/.
Natural Justice is an organisation rooted in the struggles of communities in Africa. As a team of pioneering lawyers and legal experts, we specialise in human rights and environmental law in pursuit of social and environmental justice. Natural Justice strives to enhance the collective rights of people and protect the sacred relationships that indigenous peoples and local communities have with nature. Our work is informed by the values, knowledge and self-determination of the communities whom we stand in solidarity with. Through legal empowerment, research, policy influencing and litigati...&nb... read more
The African Environmental Defenders Fellowship offers an exciting opportunity for a young person or recent graduate who is passionate about supporting communities and individuals in their activism, and to ensure their safety and dignity is guaranteed. Over the duration of the Fellowship, the fellow will have the opportunity to spend time and work directly with communities and individuals, other organisations and with the staff of Natural Justice.
They will be introduced to a broad spectrum of issues within the environmental defenders work and be expected to work directly and consistently with African Environmental Defenders.
The fellow will be involved in the following activities:
A modest salary and travel budget will be offered. The successful applicants will be expected to begin work as soon as possible.
The Fellowship will be for a period of around 12 months, full-time
Applications must include:
Please email your application to [email protected] with the following subject line: “African Environmental Defender Fellowship”
Please ensure that your application,?as a whole, speaks?to the required qualifications, experience, personal profile and key roles and responsibilities. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.