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

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

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

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

Feb 08,2017

US Appeals Court Hears Arguments on World Bank Immunity

The Washington D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments on Monday in Budha Ismail Jam v. International Finance Corporation, on whether the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) should have “absolute immunity” from lawsuits in the United States. Pla

Feb 02,2017

Global Witness Report Chronicles Dangers for Human Rights Defenders in Honduras

A new report released by Global Witness identifies Honduras as “the deadliest country in the world for environmental activism.” The report calls attention to international financial institution funding for projects that result in human rights violations for local communities a

Jan 24,2017

Frontline Defenders Report Highlights Risk to Human Rights Defenders in 2016

According to a report released this month by Frontline Defenders, more than 1000 human rights defenders were killed, harassed, detained, or subjected to smear campaigns and other violations in 2016. As Frontline Defenders highlights, many of these violations, including notably the murder in H

Jan 23,2017

Groups call for EBRD to reject an oil and gas project in Turkmenistan

Crude Accountability and civil society groups around the world are calling on the Directors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to reject financing for an oil and gas project in Turkmenistan. The $30 million loan to Circle Maritime Invest (CMI) for the CMI Offshore proj

Nov 10,2016

Assam workers demand action from World Bank and Tata

An investigation on Tata’s tea plantations in Assam, India vindicates the claims of Indian NGOs documenting the failure of the World Bank and Tata to uphold the fundamental rights of workers and their families. The Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) which holds the World Bank’s p

Oct 27,2016

UN Special Rapporteur released a new report on the state of environmental HRDs

This week Michel Forst, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, issued a shocking new report on environmental human rights defenders: “They spoke truth to power and were murdered in cold blood”. The report details the growing attacks on individuals and

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 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

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