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 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,

Jan 24,2017 by members

Concerns Raised Over the Tanahu Hydropower Project’s Impact on Local Communities

Communities affected by the Tanahu Hydropower Project, which includes damming the Seti river in Nepal, recently submitted a 26-point memorandum to Nepal’s Energy Minister, stressing concerns regarding the project’s impacts on their traditional lands and livelihoods and failure to

Jan 19,2017 by members

River Defender Activist Murdered in Guatemala

Another anti-dam activist has been murdered in Latin America. On Tuesday, January 17, protestors led a peaceful demonstration against a hydroelectric plant in Guatemala. But the event ended in death after paramilitaries shot and killed 72-year-old activist Sebastian Alonso. The march had ori

Jan 18,2017 by members

New Oxfam Report: “An Economy for the 99%”

A new report by Coalition member Oxfam shows that the distribution of global wealth is far more unequal than previously thought. Eight men control the same amount of money as the 3.6 billion people who make up the poorest half of the world’s population. Inequality is on the rise and history shows

Dec 02,2016 by members

Groups call on OPIC to strengthen human rights due diligence

This month, 18 human rights and environmental organizations called on the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the United States’ development finance institution, to strengthen its human rights due diligence. OPIC is presently revising its social and environmental polic

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 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 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

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 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 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

Jul 21,2016 by members

Activism in Macedonia: ‘Intimidation is just the tip of the iceberg’

Environmental activists and civil society groups in Macedonia working to defend their rights in the face of harmful development projects financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and other development banks, are increasingly threatened and harassed. In an art

Jul 12,2016 by members

Uzbekistan: Forced Labor Linked to World Bank Corporate Loan

Coalition member Human Rights Watch reports that three human rights defenders have lodged a formal complaint against the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) regarding forced labor in the Uzbek cotton industry. The complaint demands an investigation of forced labor

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