Through the Economic and Environmental Justice Programme, Caritas Zambia has been working on promoting economic and environmental justice through various activities. The organisation carries out research and advocacy work as well as provide training of various actors, on environmental justice matters. Two sub programmes are working to realize this aim and these are 1) the Extractive Industry and Natural Resources Management 2) Social Accountability.
Extractive Industry and Natural Resources
Over the years, there has been a growing outcry about the type and quantity of benefits that ,firstly, local communities living within the proximity of the extractive industries and secondly, the Zambian people in general get from these industries. Government has signed up to the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) with the intention of helping Zambia achieve more transparency and accountability through appropriate disclosures of revenue received from these industries and accounting for its prudent use. Similarly, initiatives of Publish What You Pay have been underway and Caritas Zambia has been coordinating this initiative, on behalf of civil society. Caritas Zambia initiates dialogue meetings, sensitisation workshops for policy and law makers on issues of transparency and accountability. Further, action research is conducted leading to advocacy aimed at changing policies or institutional frameworks.