Feb 02,2016 by Coalition

US government moves forward with Power Africa funding

Yesterday, the U.S. Congress passed the Electrify Africa Act, promoting investment in access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa. The Electrify Africa Act in part formalizes Power Africa – a U.S.- led initiative to work with African governments, the World Bank, African Development Ba

Jan 29,2016 by members

AIIB shows significant gaps in Human Rights, says Amnesty International

Amnesty International argues that the recently launched Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), led by China, should draw on the experience of other development banks and implement strong human rights standards. The group raises concerns that the Bank’s development of an Envir

Jan 28,2016 by members

African Civil Society Groups Call for Socially and Environmentally Sustainable Energy Development

January 28, 2016 – African civil society organizations called on African governments and public and private financiers today to find socially and environmentally sustainable solutions to Africa’s energy needs. The statement, signed by groups from 10 countries, was issued to coi

Jan 27,2016 by members

Report finds development banks fail people harmed by their projects

A new report launched today documents the hurdles communities and workers face in obtaining remedy from development banks whose projects cause them harm. The 11 civil society organizations that authored the report, Glass Half Full? The state of Accountability in Development Finance, call on de

Jan 04,2016

World Bank cancels road project amid allegations of sexual abuse

The Financial Times reports that the World Bank has taken the rare step of cancelling a $265m road project in Uganda amid allegations of mismanagement by the government and sexual abuse of minors by employees working for its contractors. At least nine school-age girls became pregnant. Read the Fin

Dec 17,2015 by members

Nigerian Groups Demand Human Rights at World Bank

December 17, 2015 – Nigerian civil society organizations met in Abuja, FCT, Nigeria as the World Bank consults with the Nigerian government regarding a large-scale revision of the Bank’s social and environmental safeguard policies. The groups called on the Bank to adopt strong req

Dec 08,2015 by members

Latin American Civil Society Presses Governments on Human Rights at World Bank

Over 180 civil society organizations from Latin America and the Caribbean call on their governments to prevent a weakening of human rights and development standards at the World Bank. The World Bank is presently holding consultations with its member State governments on a proposed revision of it

Nov 30,2015 by members

Groups Call on BRICS Bank to Engage with Civil Society

November 30, 2015: On the heels of the meeting of governors of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB), civil society organizations from BRICS countries and countries that will likely be impacted by NDB projects called on the Bank to open a transparent and participative process for the development of

Nov 16,2015 by Coalition

Why Development Finance matters for Business and Human Rights

As the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights opens today in Geneva, the Coalition for Human Rights in Development and the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable today released a new factsheet: 10 reasons why development finance matters for business and human rights. For groups worki

Oct 23,2015 by Coalition

Groups Urge the AIIB to Hold a Real Consultation on its Draft Policies

Members and allies of the Coalition for Human Rights in Development sent a letter today to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank criticizing the institution’s consultation process for its new social and environmental framework. The letter cites that the English-only, online consul

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

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