Aug 01,2016

Cotton Campaign: Hold Uzbekistan Accountable

The Cotton Campaign, a global coalition of human rights and labor organizations, recently submitted a letter to the World Bank urging the institution to incentivize the Uzbekistan government to end its use of forced labor in the agriculture sector. During the cotton harvest season, the governme

Jul 27,2016

UN Expert: it’s time for development banks to start listening

In an opinion piece in Foreign Policy magazine, Maina Kiai, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, explains how the goal of sustainable development is under threat from growing restrictions on public participation in development and closing civ

Jul 27,2016

Cautious optimism as NDB wraps up 1st Annual Meeting

Devex reported that the 1st Annual Meeting of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB), held from July 20 to 21 in Shanghai, China, conclude on a positive note, leaving development professionals, civil society leaders, and bank officials optimistic about the potential for the NDB to finance green and

Jul 27,2016

Labor Confederation calls out World Bank on Labor Standards

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) called on the World Bank to adhere to ILO standards in its proposed new labor safeguard policy. While the inclusion of a labor safeguard within the World Bank’s social and environmental policy is marked as a positive development, the

Jul 25,2016 by members

SCOs from the Global South send letter to WB EDs rejecting the new safeguards framework

After a four year review process of the Environmental and Social Safeguards Policies of the World Bank, the World Bank Board approved the third, and probably final, draft of the new Environmental and Social Framework of the Bank. Last July 19, more than 50 organizations from 20 countries from the Gl

Jul 25,2016

BRICS bank open to expand its membership

The Financial Review reported that in the culmination of BRICS’ National Development Bank (NDB) Annual Meeting held last July 21 – 22 in Shanghai China, the focus centered around expanding the scope of the Bank’s membership. According to NDB Vice – President and Chief R

Jul 22,2016 by members

Groups call for greater openness and transparency at BRICS Bank in its first Annual Meeting

As government officials from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa wrapped up proceedings in Shanghai for the first Annual Meeting of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB), development and environmental groups from BRICS countries called for greater transparency and engagement with ci

Jul 22,2016

World Bank backing coal power in Europe

The Guardian recently reported on the World Bank’s enthusiasm in supporting the Kosovo e re (New Kosovo) coal power plant. The $200 billion project is expected to have a capacity of 600 MW, and would be powered by lignite which is the dirtiest form of coal. This is despite the Bank’s pron

Jul 22,2016 by members

African groups call on World Bank to strengthen protections

Thirty-four African human rights and environmental groups sent a letter to the World Bank this week expressing concerns with a weakening of the Bank’s social and environmental policy framework. The statement reiterates the inputs of African civil society groups who throughout the mult

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 article

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 l

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 Indone

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 inve

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