May 13,2016

What is new about the BRICS-led New Development Bank?

From the beginning, the idea of a BRICS-led development bank was seen to be a direct challenge to existing development banks, notably the Western-dominated World Bank and IMF. But what exactly is new about the New Development Bank? Supriya Roychoudhury and Karin Costa Vazquez explains it here.

May 11,2016 by members

Securing Forest Peoples Rights in DRC

Coalition member Forest Peoples Programme has released a report on the impacts of deforestation and forest degradation on indigenous and local communities in the DRC, highlighting the human rights violations and socio-environmental impacts often caused by these activities. The report also c

May 10,2016 by members

Senegalese groups challenge banks on coal power plant

Coalition member Lumiere Synergie pour le Developpement (LSD) and Takkom Jerry Plyvalence Culturelle et Environmentale filed a complaint today to the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Dutch public investment Fund (FMO) and the West African Development Bank (BOAD)’s complaint mechanis

May 04,2016 by members

Indigenous Peoples in Crosshairs of Development

Peter Bosshard, interim ED of Coalition member International Rivers, explains how indigenous communities are particularly at risk of landgrabbing and face increasing repression, even death when standing up for their rights. Read the article here.

Apr 25,2016

First BRICS bank loans spark debate over environmental protection

NDB project funding has been the subject of intrigue and concern among civil society organizations (CSOs) since the bank’s formal launch in Fortaleza, Brazil, in 2014. Yet news of these first ‘green’ loans has done little to ease their fears. The problem, CSOs say, is that since the NDB still

Apr 21,2016

AIIB to co-fund transportation projects with other development banks

The Chinese-lead Asian Infrastructure and Development Bank’s first projects will be a highway in Pakistan, a road project in Tajikistan, and a ring road in Almaty, Kazakhstan, according to people with knowledge of the projects and tender documents. All three projects are co-funded with o

Apr 12,2016 by members

Civil society groups express great concern over BRICS Bank

As government ministers from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa gather in Washington, DC for the third board of governors meeting of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) April 13 and 14, civil society groups in BRICS countries appealed to their governments and NDB management to operate

Apr 05,2016 by Coalition

4/15 Tell the World Bank to Safeguard People & the Planet!

While the World Bank’s motto is to “End Poverty” and promote sustainable development, too often Bank investments disregard the human rights and priorities of poor communities, leaving them worse off. As the World Bank prepares to host finance ministers from across the globe

Apr 04,2016

Central American Bank pulls out of Honduran dam

In a victory for indigenous and human rights activists, the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) announced Friday the suspension of its financing of the Agua Zarca Dam. The Honduras dam project has been a focal point for international attention following the kil

Mar 30,2016

U.S. Court Rules that IFC Cannot be Sued

A federal district court in Washington, D.C., ruled last week that the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private lending arm of the World Bank Group, has absolute immunity and thus cannot be sued in the United States. Fishing communities and farmers whose livelihoods are threatened b

Mar 30,2016 by Coalition

Sign-on statement on IFIs, Participation, and Human Rights

In the face of rapidly shrinking civil society space and growing attacks on human rights and environmental defenders, sign this statement (English, French, Spanish, Arabic) on the Responsibility of International Financial Institutions to Ensure Meaningful and Effective Participation an

Mar 29,2016

South Africa civil society critizes NDB for lack of transparency and social and environmental standards

With the BRICS New Development Bank set to open its regional office in Johannesburg and approve its first set of projects for financing in the next weeks, South African civil society groups raise concerns about lack of transparency or consultation with potentially affected communities. The NDB h

Mar 21,2016 by Coalition

FUNDEPS Joins Coalition’s International Secretariat

The Coalition for Human Rights in Development is pleased to announce the first step in the creation of an international Secretariat. Coalition member Foundation for the Development of Sustainable Policies (FUNDEPS), based in Córdoba, Argentina, will join the Coalition’s Secre

Mar 16,2016 by Coalition

Coalition urges World Bank to meaningfully address human rights

The Coalition for Human Rights in Development submitted recommendations today urging the World Bank to amend its proposed Environmental and Social Framework to meaningfully address human rights. The submission addresses arguments that have been put forward against embracing human rights an

Mar 11,2016

UN Expert: “Ensure the safety and protection of Gustavo Castro Soto”

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, called upon the Government of Honduras today to “ensure the safety and protection of Gustavo Castro Soto”, a Mexican human rights defender, and to facilitate his return to Mexico as soon as possible.

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