Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)


Country: International


To use the power of law to protect the environment, promote human rights, and ensure a just and sustainable society.

Our work in development finance:

CIEL seeks to protect and defend the environment and human rights against adverse impacts of development, collaborating to improve safeguard policies, increasing access to information through the Early Warning System, and supporting community-driven advocacy and complaints at the accountability mechanisms of multilateral banks.


Geographic Focus: Global

Constituency/Partners: Civil society organizations, Indigenous peoples, Rural communities, Urban communities, Women

Sector Focus: Dams, Energy, Forests, Infrastructure, Mining, Natural resources, Water

Financier Targets: ADB, AfDB, AIIB, BRICS NDB, EBRD, EIB, GCF, IDB/IDB Invest, IFC, OPIC, World Bank

Coalition Work Group: Human Rights Defenders Campaign, Human Rights Due Diligence Project, World Bank Safeguards Review