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 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.

Posted on May 18,2017

Community conducts research on Tanahu Hydro Project, Nepal

The 550 million USD Asian Development Bank-funded Tanahu hydropower project will impact thousands. Until recently, communities had very little information about the project, its financiers or even its impacts. Read about how the EWS team and partners supported community-led research to assist residents protecting and defending their rights, homes and livelihoods.


Posted on May 11,2017

Updated: Analysis of Disclosure Practices at the IIC

IAP has updated its interactive analysis of how the Inter-American Investment Corporation discloses project information. The analysis of 96 projects, proposed between March 2015 and April 2017, highlights serious gaps in disclosures. For a majority of projects, disclosure periods are inadequate and ESIAs are rarely publicized. If the IIC wishes to comply with best practices and standards on access to information, disclosure practices must be reformed. Read the preliminary analysis.