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.


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


Jobs and Internships

We accept applications for unpaid, remote internships on a rolling basis, to support the work of the Defenders in Development campaign. The Coalition actively seeks applicants with diverse backgrounds. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume in English to mfodor@rightsindevelopment.org, with contact@rightsindevelopment.org in copy and “Defenders in Development – Internship” as subject line.