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.

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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:

Arab Watch Coalition

CEE Bankwatch Network

Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

Derecho, Ambiente y Recursos Naturales 

Ekta Parishad

Human Rights Watch

International Rivers- Africa

International Accountability Project (IAP)

Lumiere Synergie pour le Developpement/LSD

NGO Forum on the ADB

Public Interest Law Center


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:

        Hosted by: Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM)

  • Anne Bordatto, Community Resource Exchange – Latin America Regional Facilitator

  • Faith Kivuti, Community Resource Exchange – Africa Regional Facilitator (Kenya)

  • Medea Turashvili, Community Resource Exchange – Asia Regional Facilitator (Georgia)

  • Mark Fodor, Defenders in Development Campaign Coordinator (Hungary)

Jobs and Internships

Unpaid remote internship

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.

We particularly welcome students enrolled in investigative journalism programs/courses or recent graduates, who would be interested in learning more about financial research and how to uncover the links between projects funded by development banks and human rights violations connected to these projects. Check out here to find out more about the unpaid internship programme for journalism students.


Financial information

The Coalition for Human Rights in Development receives funding from the Ford Foundation, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and two donors who prefers to remain anonymous. We are extremely grateful for their invaluable support, that has allowed us to grow, strengthen our Coalition, and deepen our engagement with communities, defenders and organizations around the world.

Annual Statement 2021

Secretariat costs: $314,820

Professional services / consultants: $52,129

Sub-granting and community grants: $250,208

Technology and equipment: $6,213

Other (including fiscal sponsor fees): $50,917

Contribution to Reserve: $ 156,850

Total: $831,137