The Green Light Programme
The Green Light Programme seeks to establish a recognized protocol and framework agreements for initiating development projects, to ensure that corporate investors can have legal clarity and local communities affected can be protected from unfair exploitation of the resources where they live and work.
As African governments increasingly open up their borders to large investments in land for example for mining, farming, or water projects, there grows a parallel demand for a development protocol to regulate these investments to protect both local communities and the assets of the companies investing here.
Across the developing world projects which fail to obtain Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) harm both the local communities whose wishes are relegated in the development hieararchy, and the companies themselves, who can violate the terms of their financing by failing to achieve full consent, thereby putting the project in jeopardy and harming their own credit ratings.
The Green Light Programme would establish a binding international protocol in line with the IFC’s current terms of financing. Across the lifetime of the project it would guide the process by which companies and local communities must negotiate according to the principles of FPIC, and the process by which they must document and certify these agreements.
Therefore the Green Light Programme details the parameters for negotiations in which local communities would be fairly treated and the rights to their land and resources protected, and in which companies could invest with greater confidence and certainty that they won’t have their projects disrupted or halted, or their brands damaged.