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. Read our Impact Report 2016 to learn more about our work (download the full report: English, Spanish, French).


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*

Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) – South Africa

Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) – Netherlands

Chiadzwa Community Development Trust – Zimbabwe*

Community Empowerment and Social Justice (CEmSoJ) Foundation – Nepal

Community Policing Partners for Justice, Security and Democratic Reforms (COMPPART) – Nigeria

Conectas Direitos Humanos – Brazil*

Conseil Régional des Organisations Non Gouvernementales de Développement (CRONGD) – Democratic Republic of Congo

Derecho, Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (DAR) – Peru

Ecolur – Armenia

Economic and Social Rights Center (Hakijamii) – Kenya

Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights – Egypt

Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) – Egypt

Ekta Parishad – India*

Equitable Cambodia (EC) – Cambodia

Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM) – Fiji

Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) – International

Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (FARN) – Argentina*

Fundar, Centro de Análisis e Investigación – Mexico*

Fundación Construir – Bolivia

Fundacion para el Desarrollo de Politicas Sustentables (FUNDEPS) – Argentina

Gender Action – USA

Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights – International

Human Rights Watch (HRW) – International*

Inclusive Development International (IDI) – USA

International Accountability Project (IAP) – USA*

International Disability Alliance (IDA) – International

International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net) – International

International Rivers – International

Jamaa Resource Initiatives – Kenya

Justice and Empowerment Initiatives (JEI) – Nigeria

Kazakhstan International bureau for human rights and rule of law (KIBHR) – Kazakhstan

Lawyers for Defending Human Rights Society – Jordan

Lumiere Synergie pour le Developpement/LSD – Senegal*

Maison Des Mines Du Kivu (MMKi) – Democratic Republic of Congo

Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns (MOGC) – USA

Minority Rights Group International (MRG) – UK

Narasha Community Development Group – Kenya

Natural Justice – South Africa

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:

  • Gonzalo Roza,
    Latin America Secretariat Staff
    Córdoba, Argentina
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Jobs and Internships

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

Human Rights Intern – Spring 2018

The Human Rights Intern supports the Coalition’s advocacy activities, which may include assisting in the development of advocacy tools, discrete research assignments on trends in development finance and human rights, preparation of case studies, attending and reporting on Coalition meetings and events, providing support to working groups, and providing some administrative support.

Human Rights Fellow – Spring 2018

The Human Rights Fellow supports the Coalition’s advocacy activities through in-depth research, as well as through writing on trends in development finance and human rights, preparation of case studies, attending and reporting on Coalition meetings and events, and providing support to working groups, with responsibilities adjusted accordingly. Fellowship positions are geared toward advanced graduate students and professionals with advanced research skills.

Communications Intern – Spring 2018

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.

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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