Early Warning System

The Early Warning System ensures local communities, and the organizations that support them, have verified information about projects likely to cause human and environmental rights abuses and clear strategies for advocacy.

Uniting international research and local expertise, the Early Warning System monitors international and regional development-finance institutions and reinforces community-led campaigns. The data collected includes information about projects financed by institutions such as the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, the Asian Development Bank, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the African Development Bank, the BRICS’s New Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.

The Early Warning System is managed by the International Accountability Project (IAP) and the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL).


Posted on Aug 07,2017

EWS alert published for Regional Infrastructure Development Fund Project in Indonesia

In collaboration with NGO Forum on ADB, an EWS alert has been published for the Regional Infrastructure Development Fund Project in Indonesia.  The project, which is co-financed by the World Bank and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, has raised concerns amongst civil society groups in Indonesia.  The project has been approved by the AIIB and the World Bank component was approved in March 2017.  You can read the short analysis here.

Posted on Aug 07,2017

IDB Considers Multimillion Dollar Loan to Impose Migratory Controls across Mexico-Guatemala Border

Recently, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) was poised to provide US $200 million to Guatemala to strengthen “competitiveness” and “security” by implementing fiscal and migratory controls at border crossings with Mexico. Interventions by the EWS team secured a partial win for communities concerned about project impacts. Read more about the project here.

Posted on Jul 25,2017

EWS alert published for Protecting Vulnerable People Against Noncommunicable Diseases Project in Argentina

In collaboration with FUNDEPS, an EWS alert has been published for the World Bank-funded Protecting Vulnerable People Against Noncommunicable Diseases Project in Argentina.  The short analysis is available in Spanish here.

Posted on May 22,2017

Access to Information in the Early Warning System

Avoiding environmental harms and human rights abuses requires not only awareness about a project, but also participation in decision-making processes. This inclusive development model is grounded in the rights of all people to have access to information, participation, and justice – the three pillars of environmental democracy. Read a blog post on the EWS by Center for International Environmental Law‘s Carla Garcia Zendejas.