World Bank

The Coalition for Human Rights in Development is working to change the way one of the most influential development institutions does development. The World Bank Group is a multilateral development bank that finances development projects and programs in low and middle-income countries through loans, grants, and technical assistance. The Bank is owned by its 188 member countries, which govern the institution through a Board of Directors.

In 2016, after a four-year review process to review its social and environmental safeguard policies – the policies designed to prevent people and the environment from being harmed by World Bank-financed projects, the Bank issued a new social and environmental framework. Despite some improvements, including the addition of labor safeguards and a commitment on non-discrimination, the new Environmental and Social Framework weakens many critical protections for communities and the environment and raises serious challenges for implementation.

The Coalition and its allies are now working to press the Bank to address some of these gaps, strengthen policy implementation, and to support rights-respecting development. We are also working with communities to monitor World Bank investments to ensure that their human rights are protected.

Coalition Briefing Papers and Outreach Materials

Letters and Statements by the Coalition

Statements and Materials by Coalition Members and Allies

Press releases from the Coalition and Coalition Members

Case Studies of World Bank Projects

World Bank Materials