Dec 11,2017 by Coalition

A Dangerous Enterprise: Development Finance and the Fight for Human Rights

[This article was originally published online in July in Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales’ 2017 Environmental Report. It is being reposted here in honor of Human Rights Day]   Credit: Kinoram Across Latin America and the world, governments and investors are pushing for a dra

Nov 10,2017

World Bank must stop promoting “dangerous” public-private partnerships

A campaign aimed at reversing the dangerous rush to promote expensive and high-risk public-private partnerships (PPPs) was launched last 0ctober 11 by civil society organisations from all over the globe. The campaign’s manifesto – launched during the World Bank and International Mon

Oct 30,2017 by Coalition

UN report calls on development banks to address attacks on human rights defenders

Overlooking the first AngloGold Ashanti mine in the Siguiri region of Guinea. Approximately 380 households were forcibly evicted from their ancestral land to make way for the open-pit oxide goldmine. (Photo: Inclusive Development International) A UN report released last week (Oct. 25) highli

Sep 27,2017 by Coalition

Webinar: Demystifying Development Banks in Asia

On September 26, 2017, the Coalition for Human Rights in Development co-hosted a ‘Demystifying Development Banks’ webinar with a special focus on Asia, where many countries have been shown to be among the most dangerous for human rights and environmental defenders who confront infrastru

Sep 08,2017

New Development Bank is BRICS’ best card

According to Caio Borges, Prof. Karin Costa Vazquez and Supriya Roychoudhury, if question marks on the future of BRICS are repeatedly raised, the New Development Bank (NDB) is probably the most concrete avenue through which the grouping can deepen co-operation. The NDB’s stated commitment to

Sep 08,2017

BRICS Leaders encourage NDB to fully leverage its role & enhance coop. w/WB & AIIB

The ninth annual BRICS summit, was held last 3–5 September 2017 in Xiamen, China and was attended by the heads of state or heads of government of the five member states Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. In the BRICS Leaders Xiamen Declaration, BRICS leaders encouraged the NDB to fully

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

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