The Coalition for Human Rights in Development is a global coalition of social movements, civil society organizations, and grassroots groups working to ensure that all development finance institutions respect human rights. We strive to bring more coordination to a global movement led by communities and supported by civil society organizations. Download the Coalition overview here.


Coalition for Human Rights in Development members are not-for-profit civil society organizations, social movements, and community groups committed to ensuring that all development finance institutions respect, protect, and fulfill human rights.

Coalition Members:

Accountability Counsel – USA

Actions pour les Droits, l’Environnement et la Vie (ADEV) – Democratic Republic of Congo

ACTION Paysanne Contre la Faim – Democratic Republic of Congo

African Law Foundation (AFRILAW) – Nigeria

African Resources Watch (AFREWATCH) – Regional

Aksi! for gender, social and ecological justice – Indonesia

Al Haq – Palestine

Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) – The Philippines

Amnesty International – International

Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) – Lebanon

Article 19 – International

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) – Regional*

Asociacion Ambiente y Sociedad (AAS) – Colombia

Asociación Interamericana para la Defensa del Ambiente (AIDA) – Regional

Bank Information Center (BIC) – USA

Both ENDS -Netherlands

Buliisa Initiative for Rural Development Work (BIRUDO) – Uganda

Center for Bangladesh Studies (CBS) – Bangladesh

CEE Bankwatch Network – International*

Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) – USA*

NGO Forum on the ADB – Regional*

Otros Mundos, A.C. – Mexico

Oxfam International – International

Oyu Tolgoi Watch – Mongolia

Phenix Center for Economic and Informatics Studies – Jordan

Public Interest Law Center (PILC) – Chad

Réseau Camerounais des Organisations des Droits de l’Homme (RECODH) – Cameroon

Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT) – Cambodia

Social Justice Connection – Canada

Society for Democratic Initiatives – Sierra Leone

Transparency International Anticorruption Center (TIAC) – Armenia

Uganda Land Alliance – Uganda

Urgewald – Germany

Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) – Zimbabwe

*Steering Committee Member



The Coalition for Human Rights in Development is coordinated by a Steering Committee whose members serve for two-year renewable terms. The Steering Committee includes:

The Coalition operates as a project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs, which serves as our fiscal sponsor.

Membership Process

Members provide input into Coalition priorities and positions and where feasible, coordinate strategies and activities around development finance and human rights with the Coalition. Members communicate and collaborate with each other through email listservs, conference calls and in-person gatherings. There is no fee for membership.

If your organization is interested in applying to become a member, please contact us at contact@rightsindevelopment.org for a membership application. Prospective Coalition members will be reviewed for approval by the Steering Committee.


The Coalition is supported by an International Secretariat:

  • Gretchen Gordon, Coordinator
  • Gonzalo Roza, Latin America Secretariat Staff
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  • Asia Secretariat Staff
  • Monica Iyer, Research and Advocacy Fellow
  • Katie Bernhard, Research and Advocacy Intern
  • Karen Lamola, Research and Advocacy Intern


Jobs and Internships

The Coalition is seeking qualified individuals for advocacy, communications, and translation opportunities in human rights and development finance.

Communications Intern – Summer and Fall 2017

Communications Intern supports the global, multilingual communications of the Coalition. The internship is based in Washington, D.C. or remotely. For more information please visit the link above.

Research and Advocacy Intern/Fellow – Summer and Fall 2017

The Research and Advocacy Intern supports the Coalition’s development of advocacy strategies and materials, including research and writing on trends in development finance and human rights. This internship is based in Washington, D.C. or remotely. For more information please visit the link above.

Human Rights and Development Finance Translation Intern – ongoing

The Coalition is seeking bi-lingual undergraduate students, graduate students, and graduates for the opportunity to gain experience in translation in the field of human rights and development. For more details, please see the link above.

Press Center

What’s New:

Press release: Time for development financiers to #Standup4HumanRights – December 8, 2016

Contact Coalition staff and members

For general media inquiries, contact Coalition Coordinator, Gretchen Gordon

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