Aug 23,2016 by members

World Bank covers up human rights abuses in Nepal

In a recent blog titled “World Bank Covers Up Human Rights Abuses in Nepal: Silencing Community Voices“, the Lawyers’ Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP) together with Coalition member Accountability Counsel  calls out the World Bank for igno

Aug 11,2016

Cambodia: No Debt Relief to Railway Families

An article in Cambodia Daily details how the Asian Development Bank (ADB) continues to fall short in restoring the living standards of 1,000 families evicted as a result of a railway rehabilitation project. ADB’s independent accountability mechanism, the Compliance Review Panel (CRP), repo

Aug 10,2016 by members

Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples

Coalition member, Alyansa Tigil Mina (Alliance Against Mining) in the Philippines, expressed its solidarity with and justice for indigenous peoples on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The statement supports the struggles of indigenous peoples to realize their righ

Aug 08,2016 by Coalition

Civil society groups to hold WB accountable for human rights outcomes

On Thursday, the World Bank approved a new Environmental and Social Framework to replace its existing safeguard policies. Members of the Coalition for Human Rights in Development criticized the missed opportunity to adopt robust protections for the human rights of communities impacted by Bank

Aug 04,2016

World Bank approves new safeguards

The World Bank recently approved its new social and environmental safeguard policy. However the new policy has been met with criticism by civil society for its ambiguity, lack of measures to prevent human rights abuses and increased reliance on borrowers’ laws and policies without clear safeg

Aug 04,2016 by members

Inspection Panel’s Pilot Failure

In an article in Bretton Woods Observer, Coalition member Accountability Counsel identifies the serious flaws in a new approach by the World Bank’s independent complaint mechanism, the Inspection Panel’s. The Pilot Approach for Early Solutions was devised to create an opportunity for mor

Aug 01,2016

Cotton Campaign: Hold Uzbekistan Accountable

The Cotton Campaign, a global coalition of human rights and labor organizations, recently submitted a letter to the World Bank urging the institution to incentivize the Uzbekistan government to end its use of forced labor in the agriculture sector. During the cotton harvest season, the governme

Jul 27,2016

UN Expert: it’s time for development banks to start listening

In an opinion piece in Foreign Policy magazine, Maina Kiai, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, explains how the goal of sustainable development is under threat from growing restrictions on public participation in development and closing ci

Jul 27,2016

Cautious optimism as NDB wraps up 1st Annual Meeting

Devex reported that the 1st Annual Meeting of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB), held from July 20 to 21 in Shanghai, China, conclude on a positive note, leaving development professionals, civil society leaders, and bank officials optimistic about the potential for the NDB to finance green and

Jul 27,2016

Labor Confederation calls out World Bank on Labor Standards

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) called on the World Bank to adhere to ILO standards in its proposed new labor safeguard policy. While the inclusion of a labor safeguard within the World Bank’s social and environmental policy is marked as a positive development

Jul 25,2016 by members

SCOs from the Global South send letter to WB EDs rejecting the new safeguards framework

After a four year review process of the Environmental and Social Safeguards Policies of the World Bank, the World Bank Board approved the third, and probably final, draft of the new Environmental and Social Framework of the Bank. Last July 19, more than 50 organizations from 20 countries from the Gl

Jul 25,2016

BRICS bank open to expand its membership

The Financial Review reported that in the culmination of BRICS’ National Development Bank (NDB) Annual Meeting held last July 21 – 22 in Shanghai China, the focus centered around expanding the scope of the Bank’s membership. According to NDB Vice – President and Chief R

Jul 22,2016 by members

Groups call for greater openness and transparency at BRICS Bank in its first Annual Meeting

As government officials from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa wrapped up proceedings in Shanghai for the first Annual Meeting of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB), development and environmental groups from BRICS countries called for greater transparency and engagement with ci

Jul 22,2016

World Bank backing coal power in Europe

The Guardian recently reported on the World Bank’s enthusiasm in supporting the Kosovo e re (New Kosovo) coal power plant. The $200 billion project is expected to have a capacity of 600 MW, and would be powered by lignite which is the dirtiest form of coal. This is despite the Bank’s pron

Jul 22,2016 by members

African groups call on World Bank to strengthen protections

Thirty-four African human rights and environmental groups sent a letter to the World Bank this week expressing concerns with a weakening of the Bank’s social and environmental policy framework. The statement reiterates the inputs of African civil society groups who throughout the mul

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