Jul 10,2017

FMO and Finnfund officially withdraw from Agua Zarca project

Two of the primary backers of the Agua Zarca hydropower dam project in Honduras have officially announced their exit from the project following years of campaigning by local indigenous groups and criticism from international civil society organizations. In a press release issued on July 6, the D

Jul 07,2017 by Coalition

Presentation: The Private Sector in Development

Coalition Coordinator, Gretchen Gordon, recently participated in a webinar hosted by the CIVICUS World Alliance for the launch of their report, ‘State of Civil Society 2017.’ Gordon’s presentation, based on her guest essay accompanying the report, focused on how the private sector is pl

Jun 29,2017 by members

Report: World Bank linked to forced labor in Uzbekistan

(Photo: Human Rights Watch) The World Bank is providing cover for a government system of child labor and forced labor in Uzbekistan, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch and the Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights. The report, “‘We Can’t Refuse to Pick Cotton’: Forced and Ch

Jun 14,2017 by members

Asian CSOs Convene Workshop on Accountability in Bangkok

Representatives from 35 civil society organizations and community groups based in 11 countries in South and Southeast Asia participated in a workshop on how individuals and communities harmed by development projects can seek recourse.

May 25,2017 by members

New Resources for Communities Taking On Private Sector Development

Coalition member Inclusive Development International has released two new resources to aid communities in the context of private sector development projects. The Community Guide to the International Finance Corporation is a resource for people adversely affected by IFC-funded proje

May 25,2017

Civil Society Calls for ADB Accountability

Civil society groups raised a number of issues at the Asian Development Bank’s annual meeting. While the Bank, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, praised civil society as “key partners,” the groups present called on the Bank to increase its accountability, to s

Apr 27,2017 by members

Asian Peoples Call For an End to ADB Immunity

A number of civil society organizations in Asia, including People’s Forum Against ADB and coalition member NGO Forum on ADB have launched a call challenging the immunity of the Asian Development Bank. The organizations, along with community representatives, youth associations, and stu

Apr 09,2017 by members

Colombian Town Votes NO on Dirty Mine

Congratulations to the residents of Cajamarca, Colombia! After years of protest against a proposed gold mine to be constructed in their town, the residents of Cajamarca recently voted in a referendum to decide if ‘La Colosa’, the proposed mine operated by AngloGold, would be built or not. 98%

Mar 17,2017 by members

New Report Highlights Harmful and High Risk Projects in Southeast Asia

A new report by Coalition members Accountability Counsel, Bank Information Center, Inclusive Development International, and Urgewald, together with 11.11.11, Ulu Foundation, and Tarkapaw Youth Group, reveals harmful, hidden investments by the International Finance Corporation, the pri

Mar 09,2017

UN Human Rights Chief Denounces Human Rights Abuses Associated with Large Infrastructure Projects

In an op-ed published by the Miami Herald, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein calls attention to threats faced by human rights defenders who seek to ensure that infrastructure projects are conducted in a manner consistent with human rights obligations

Mar 08,2017

Honduran farmers file lawsuit against the International Finance Corporation

A group of farmers from Honduras’s Bajo Aguan region have filed suit against the International Finance Corporation, the private finance body of the World Bank. According to the plaintiffs, more than 100 people have been murdered in the Bajo Aguan region since 2009 as a result of conflict between

Mar 08,2017 by Coalition

Impact Report 2016

Read the full report: English | Spanish | French Partnering with Communities to Defend Human Rights In 2016 the Coalition engaged in partnerships with communities around the world to connect community struggles with strategic resources and campaign support and to bring community expe

Mar 03,2017 by members

Groups Call on Banks to Take Action to End Intimidation of Indigenous Peoples Affected by Geothermal Projects

A global group of non-governmental organizations today called on the World Bank, European Investment Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency, German Development Bank- KFW, French Agency for Development, and other international financial institutions involved with the Olkaria I, IV,

Feb 27,2017 by Coalition

Demystifying Development Banks – Tools for Environmental and Human Rights Defenders

Human rights and environmental defenders around the world are fighting against infrastructure, energy and agriculture developments that fail to consult communities or respect their rights. One critical tool in this fight is knowing how to leverage the public banks which finance these develop

Feb 14,2017 by Coalition

Organizations call on the World Bank to Protect Indigenous Rights

This week 32 organizations called on the World Bank Board of Directors to urge them to ensure that the Bank takes all measures necessary to remedy harm caused to four Maasai villages displaced to make way for the Olkaria IV geothermal project in Kenya. The Kenya Electricity Expansion Project (KEEP)

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