Jul 21,2016 by members

Activism in Macedonia: ‘Intimidation is just the tip of the iceberg’

Environmental activists and civil society groups in Macedonia working to defend their rights in the face of harmful development projects financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and other development banks, are increasingly threatened and harassed. In an art

Jul 12,2016 by members

Uzbekistan: Forced Labor Linked to World Bank Corporate Loan

Coalition member Human Rights Watch reports that three human rights defenders have lodged a formal complaint against the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) regarding forced labor in the Uzbek cotton industry. The complaint demands an investigation of forced labor

Jun 27,2016

World Bank Should Champion Human Rights

The New York Times editorial board today called on the World Bank to “champion human rights” through its new safeguards policy framework presently under consideration by the Bank’s board of directors. The Times cited that despite the fact that the institution’s own re

Jun 24,2016

AIIB approved $509 million for four projects

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) will be holding its 1st Annual Meeting on June 25 – 26, 2016 in Beijing, China. Prior to the meeting, the Bank approved four projects amounting to $509 million. These projects include co – financing with the World Bank on a slum redevelopment in In

Jun 23,2016

World Bank Allows Tanzania To Sidestep Rule Protecting Indigenous Groups

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists recently reported that the World Bank has chosen to waive their policy protections for indigenous peoples in a Tanzania investment project, despite serious impacts on indigenous peoples in the project area. The Southern Agricultura

Jun 21,2016

Al-Haq calls on World Bank to strengthen protection in conflict-affected areas

On June 16th, the Palestinian human rights organization, Al-Haq, urged the World Bank to explicitly address the need for human rights safeguards for investments in conflict-affected areas during the Bank’s ongoing safeguard policy reform process. The Bank has announced plans to increase in

Jun 02,2016 by members

Financial Crisis at Inter-American Commission

Coalition member ESCR-Net is calling on leaders of OAS member states to address the financial crisis currently hindering the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights’ ability to operate as a key regional human rights mechanism. The crisis has already caused the IACHR to suspend its 159th and

Jun 01,2016

Honduran Social Movements Urge World Bank to Stop Fueling Human Rights Violations

Honduran social movements and indigenous peoples organizations this week called on the World Bank to in light of persistent attacks on human rights defenders, suspend financing in Honduras “until there are minimally just and realistic conditions for indigenous and small f

May 27,2016 by members

AIDESEP insists IDB land titling programme must be suspended

Peruvian indigenous peoples association AIDESEP federation is calling on the Inter-American Development Bank to suspend land titling program which threatens to undermine indigenous land rights. The group has a complaint pending with the IDB’s independent accountability mechanism.

May 26,2016 by members

Civil Society Declaration at the 51st African Development Bank Annual Meetings

African civil society groups, including Coalition member Lumière Synergie pour le Développement, called on the African Development Bank this week to increase its accountability and engagement with civil society and to embrace pro-poor investment strategies that support public sector ser

May 23,2016

SAIIA Oxfam Roundtable: Sustainable Development and the BRICS’ New Development Bank

It is vital that the NDB develops an inclusive approach of sustainable development in order to differentiate from its more traditional competitors. To this end, SAIIA and Oxfam have reviewed the perspectives of a broad range of stakeholders in South Africa on how South Africa should define sustai

May 22,2016

UN Indigenous Peoples Experts Challenge World Bank

May 20, 2016 – The UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and other top UN indigenous peoples experts sent a letter Friday to World Bank President Jim Kim and the Bank’s executive directors, challenging a proposal that would weaken protections for ind

May 13,2016

What is new about the BRICS-led New Development Bank?

From the beginning, the idea of a BRICS-led development bank was seen to be a direct challenge to existing development banks, notably the Western-dominated World Bank and IMF. But what exactly is new about the New Development Bank? Supriya Roychoudhury and Karin Costa Vazquez explains it here.

May 11,2016 by members

Securing Forest Peoples Rights in DRC

Coalition member Forest Peoples Programme has released a report on the impacts of deforestation and forest degradation on indigenous and local communities in the DRC, highlighting the human rights violations and socio-environmental impacts often caused by these activities. The report also c

May 10,2016 by members

Senegalese groups challenge banks on coal power plant

Coalition member Lumiere Synergie pour le Developpement (LSD) and Takkom Jerry Plyvalence Culturelle et Environmentale filed a complaint today to the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Dutch public investment Fund (FMO) and the West African Development Bank (BOAD)’s complaint mechanis

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