Human Rights Watch


Country: International


To defend the rights of people worldwide. We scrupulously investigate abuses, expose the facts widely, and pressure those with power to respect rights and secure justice. Human Rights Watch is an independent, international organization that works as part of a vibrant movement to uphold human dignity and advance the cause of human rights for all.

Our work in development finance:

Human Rights Watch researches and reports on human rights abuses around the world, works with the media to generate leverage, and presses governments, international organizations, and companies to make changes in policy and practice that promote human rights and justice.


Geographic Focus: Global

Constituency/Partners: Children, Civil society organizations, Indigenous peoples, Land rights, LGBTQI…, Persons with disabilities, Rural communities, Urban communities, Women, Workers

Financier Targets: ADB, EBRD, EIB, IFC, World Bank

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