Sep 29,2014

World Bank Accuses itself of Failing to Protect Kenya Forest Dwellers

From the Guardian, published on Monday 29 September 2014 09.36 EDT. World Bank accuses itself of failing to protect Kenya forest dwellers Leaked document says World Bank violated its own safeguards in dealings with Sengwer people evicted from their lands A leaked copy of a World Bank investigatio

Sep 20,2014 by members

Amnesty Statement on Inspection Panel

Statement and briefing issued by Amnesty International on Inspection Panel’s Pilot Approach to Early Solutions and its application in Badia East, Lagos, Nigeria Published on September 2nd, 2014.  World Bank: Investigate Inspection Panel’s Pilot Approach to Early Solutions and i

Aug 24,2014 by members

New Study Released on BNDES

Conectas today published a detailed study on the rules and standards of transparency, accountability to society and socio-environmental impact assessment mechanisms of the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES), the country’s leading development financing institution. The report r

Aug 19,2014 by members

Report on Forced Evictions in Lagos

Amnesty International released a report today on forced evictions in the Badia East community of Lagos, Nigeria. In February 2013, the Lagos state government, with the support of heavily armed police, demolished at least 266 structures that served as homes and businesses. The demoliti

Aug 14,2014 by members

Bad Example

A statement from Bank on Human Rights Coalition member, Conectas Direitos Humanos.  New World Bank Framework Rolls Back Human Rights Protections The World Bank is poised to ease its requirements and roll back the protection for populations affected by large projects and public policies. The

Aug 01,2014

World Bank denies safeguards compromised

By Narayan Lakshman The World Bank hit back at a wide coalition of NGOs on Wednesday saying that it was in fact broadening environmental and community safeguards. Fending off allegations that it was “watering down” environmental and community safeguards for its lending activities and p

Jul 30,2014

World Bank rolling back safeguards

The following is an excerpt from an article published in the Hindu on July 30th, 2014. World Bank rolling back safeguards: Leaked report By Narayan Lakshman The World Bank may be on the verge of rolling back a wide range of in-built environmental and community protections surrounding its develop

Jul 29,2014 by Coalition

Press Release

For Immediate Release World Bank: Reject Plan to Roll Back Safeguards Plan Risks Harm to Communities Affected by Development (Washington, DC, July 28, 2014) – A leaked draft of the World Bank’s proposed new social and environmental policies reveals significant erosion of protections for co

Jul 28,2014 by Coalition

Statement to World Bank Directors

World Bank Safeguard Draft Rolls-Back Protections for People and the Environment  Key Human Rights Concerns The World Bank has repeatedly committed to producing a new safeguard framework that results in no-dilution of the existing safeguards and which reflects prevailing international s

Jul 17,2014 by members

How the BRICS Can Run a Rights-Respecting Bank

Can the emerging economic powerhouses of the so-called BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – underwrite development in a way that doesn’t stamp on the rights of people who are supposed to benefit? That’s the big question following an agreement struck at the end of th

Jul 17,2014 by Coalition

A Call for Human Rights in the BRICS Bank

Leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, an economic and political grouping known as the BRICS, arrived in Fortaleza, Brazil this week for the 6th BRICS Summit. A focal point of the two-day meeting was the launch of the BRICS New Development Bank to rival the World Bank, Internati

Jun 24,2014 by Coalition

Fall Internships

The Bank on Human Rights Coalition is seeking qualified individuals for advocacy, communications, and translation internships on human rights and development finance. Click here to find out more.

Jun 10,2014 by Coalition

Bank on Human Rights: Bank for the Poor

Throughout my career as an activist, I have participated in the birth of quite a number of good initiatives and programs that were either hatched by my organization or which I have partnered and colluded in shaping, nationally, regionally and globally. However, when Jessica Evans of Human Rights W

May 21,2014 by Coalition

Letter to World Bank

As the World Bank prepares to release a first draft of its new safeguard policies, Bank on Human Rights members sent a letter to Bank President Jim Kim, calling for a policy framework that ensures that development projects respect communities’ human rights. Letter to World Bank Carta al Banc

May 19,2014 by Coalition

How to do Smarter Impact Assessment

During the Spring Meetings of the World Bank in April, Bank on Human Rights hosted a panel presentation: “Smart Assessment: Capturing and managing human rights risks” before a packed room of practitioners and advocates. Panelists included: Isabel Lavadenz-Paccieri (Former Ombudspe

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