Oct 13,2015 by Coalition

For World Bank, Ignorance is Bliss

The World Bank doesn’t require that its projects respect human rights, and has thus far refused to adopt such a requirement. Máxima Acuña de Chaupe and Elmer Campos travelled far from their families in rural Peru to attend the Annual Meeting of the World Bank, taking place in the capital city of Lima.

Oct 12,2015 by members

New Video about World Bank

Bank Information Center releases new informational video on the World Bank safeguards review. It is under 5 minutes long and meant to foster a general understanding of the review and its significance, and motivate people to send a note to their World Bank Director asking for the strongest possible

Sep 21,2015

UN Expert: “the World Bank is a human rights-free zone”

In a report to the UN General Assembly, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, characterizes the World Bank as a “human rights-free zone” and criticizes the institution’s current approach to human rights as “incohere

Sep 21,2015 by Coalition

We Need Your Input for a New Human Rights Analysis Tool!

The Coalition is creating a Risk and Opportunities Analysis Tool to identify human rights risks and opportunities associated with development projects. And we want your input! The draft set of Standards and Indicator Questions that will drive the tool are now available for comment. Find out more

Sep 17,2015

World Bank Fails To Stop Attacks, Arrests Of Villagers Protesting Big Projects

Huffington Post: An investigation found that since 2004, projects financed by the World Bank have displaced an estimated 3.4 million people. When the populations affected by these development projects protest, they are often subject to arrest, violence, and intimidation. While the World Ban

Sep 15,2015

Groups Criticize AIIB’s Opaque Consultation Process

Civil society groups around the world raise concerns that the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is needlessly fast-tracking the development of its safeguard policy, prohibiting meaningful consultation. A strong policy is critical for ensuring communities and the environment are

Sep 15,2015 by Coalition

Questioning Development Finance

Right now, your government is likely making important decisions related to development finance. Whether it’s the establishment of new institutions like the BRICS New Development Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, or policy developments like the revision of the World BankR

Aug 27,2015 by members

Nepali Communities Seek Justice for Violations in World Bank Project

Kathmandu, Nepal, July 14, 2015 – Last week an independent investigation revealed serious abuses in a World Bank-funded transmission line project in central Nepal. The Khimti-Dhalkebar transmission line runs through indigenous and rural communities, who have been raising concerns about the

Aug 27,2015

A New Development Model for the BRICS New Development Bank

by Gretchen Gordon and Deepika Padmanabhan. The blog examines the outlook for the recently launched BRICS New Development Bank and efforts by communities and civil society groups to forge a new model of development that respects human rights. You can read the blog on RightingFinance here: http:

Aug 27,2015 by Coalition

UN Expert Calls for Indigenous Peoples as Partners in Development

On the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz delivered a statement on the state of the world’s indigenous rights movement. She stated that “increasing foreign investments coming into many countri

Jul 15,2015 by Coalition

Communities take IFC to court

In 2013, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) – funded 4,150 MW coal-fired Tata Mundra power project began operating in the Kutch region of Gujarat, India. Although the stated goal of the project was poverty reduction and development, it instead has had severely detrimental effects on th

Jul 07,2015

UN Expert: BRICS Bank and AIIB Should Incorporate Human Rights

The United Nations Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights, Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, today urged the Government of China to fully incorporate the UN human rights Guiding Principles on business and foreign debt into its foreign lending and financial assistance, including the BRICS Ne

Jul 07,2015 by Coalition

Groups Propose New Development Model for BRICS New Development Bank

This week as the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) met in Ufa, Russia to launch the New Development Bank, over 40 civil society organizations and social movements from around the world sent an open letter, urging the BRICS to break with the failed development models o

Jun 19,2015

New Story: Refugees of Development

In 1999 residents of Hade, Kosovo were forced from their homes by Serbian commandos.They were able to return some time later and have been working tirelessly since then to rebuild their village and return to normal life. Now, they are being threatened to leave again, but this time the threat is comin

Jun 15,2015

UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights argues that Human Rights are critical in addressing Inequality

UN Special Rapporteur finds that human rights are being entirely left out of the debate around extreme poverty and extreme inequality, even though the human rights framework is imperative in resolving these issues. The report criticizes the World Bank, IMF and UN for failing to follow up on any rec

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