The Coalition for Human Rights in Development is a global coalition of social movements, civil society organizations, and grassroots groups working together to ensure that development is community-led and that it respects, protects, and fulfills human rights. We do so by making sure that communities have the information, power and resources to determine their own development paths and priorities and to hold development finance institutions, governments, and other actors accountable for their impacts on people, peoples and the planet. Download the Coalition overview here. Read our Impact Report 2016 to learn more about our work (download the full report: English, Spanish, French).


Coalition for Human Rights in Development members are not-for-profit civil society organizations, social movements, and community groups committed to ensuring that all development finance institutions respect, protect, and fulfill human rights. Click on this map to explore our members and learn more about their work. You can also see a graphic snapshot of our members here.

If your organization is interested in applying to become a member, please contact us at contact@rightsindevelopment.org


The Coalition for Human Rights in Development is coordinated by a Steering Committee whose members serve for two-year renewable terms. The Steering Committee includes:

The Coalition operates as a project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs, which serves as our fiscal sponsor.


The Coalition is supported by an International Secretariat:


  • Mark Fodor,
    Defenders in Development Campaign Coordinator
    Budapest, Hungary

Jobs and Internships

The Coalition is seeking qualified individuals for the following positions:


Front Line Defenders – Development Finance and Human Rights Researcher

Front Line Defenders is seeking a qualified candidate to develop the organisation’s work on human rights defenders (HRDs), business and development financial institutions (DFIs) and to support the work of the Defenders in Development campaign, managed by the Coalition for Human Rights in Development. The successful candidate will be fully employed by Front Line Defenders, but will spend 50% of their time working directly with the Defenders in Development campaign. The other 50% will be spent working directly with Front Line Defenders. The position will be based in Front Line Defenders’ Head Office in Dublin, Ireland.