n African Human Rights Law Journal - The responsibility of businesses to prevent development-induced displacement in Africa

Volume 17 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1609-073X
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2096



Business-related development-induced displacement is a growing challenge in Africa. Thousands of individuals have been displaced due to private investment projects in various sectors, including the extractive industries, agriculture and infrastructural development. While much attention has been given to the responsibility of states as primary duty bearers in international law, the matter of the responsibility of businesses within the context of development-induced displacement has not been discussed. Utilising the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, this article discusses the responsibility of businesses in preventing arbitrary development-induced displacement in Africa.

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