Apr 05,2016 by Coalition

4/15 Tell the World Bank to Safeguard People & the Planet!

While the World Bank’s motto is to “End Poverty” and promote sustainable development, too often Bank investments disregard the human rights and priorities of poor communities, leaving them worse off. As the World Bank prepares to host finance ministers from across the globe

Apr 04,2016

Central American Bank pulls out of Honduran dam

In a victory for indigenous and human rights activists, the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) announced Friday the suspension of its financing of the Agua Zarca Dam. The Honduras dam project has been a focal point for international attention following the killing of h

Mar 30,2016

U.S. Court Rules that IFC Cannot be Sued

A federal district court in Washington, D.C., ruled last week that the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private lending arm of the World Bank Group, has absolute immunity and thus cannot be sued in the United States. Fishing communities and farmers whose livelihoods are threatened b

Mar 30,2016 by Coalition

Sign-on statement on IFIs, Participation, and Human Rights

In the face of rapidly shrinking civil society space and growing attacks on human rights and environmental defenders, sign this statement (English, French, Spanish, Arabic) on the Responsibility of International Financial Institutions to Ensure Meaningful and Effective Participation and

Mar 29,2016

South Africa civil society critizes NDB for lack of transparency and social and environmental standards

With the BRICS New Development Bank set to open its regional office in Johannesburg and approve its first set of projects for financing in the next weeks, South African civil society groups raise concerns about lack of transparency or consultation with potentially affected communities. The NDB h

Mar 21,2016 by Coalition

FUNDEPS Joins Coalition’s International Secretariat

The Coalition for Human Rights in Development is pleased to announce the first step in the creation of an international Secretariat. Coalition member Foundation for the Development of Sustainable Policies (FUNDEPS), based in Córdoba, Argentina, will join the Coalition’s Secretari

Mar 16,2016 by Coalition

Coalition urges World Bank to meaningfully address human rights

The Coalition for Human Rights in Development submitted recommendations today urging the World Bank to amend its proposed Environmental and Social Framework to meaningfully address human rights. The submission addresses arguments that have been put forward against embracing human rights an

Mar 11,2016

UN Expert: “Ensure the safety and protection of Gustavo Castro Soto”

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, called upon the Government of Honduras today to “ensure the safety and protection of Gustavo Castro Soto”, a Mexican human rights defender, and to facilitate his return to Mexico as soon as possible. Cast

Mar 09,2016 by Coalition

Tell Deadly Dam Builders that Enough is Enough!

Follow this action alert to tell FMO, Finnfund, CABEI, Voith and Siemens to immediately pull out of the Agua Zarca Dam and to not get involved in any other projects on the land of the indigenous Lenca people. intlrv.rs/StopAguaZarca.

Mar 05,2016 by Coalition

Statement on Assassination of Indigenous Defender Berta Cáceres

The Coalition for Human Rights in Development expresses our deep sadness and outrage at the assassination this week of indigenous leader and environmental activist Berta Cáceres. Berta was the coordinator and co-founder of the Council of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras, COPINH. She fought to d

Feb 25,2016 by members

African CSO’s urge AfDB to strengthen civil society engagement

Fourty-eight African civil society organizations sent a letter to the president of the African Development Bank (AfDB) last week calling for more space for civil society engagement and a reform of the Civil Society Organization (CSO) Forum. The groups expressed concern over shortcomings in t

Feb 15,2016

Civil Society calls for human rights protections in World Bank activities

The World Bank consultation on proposed new social and environmental new safeguards will end one month from today. The Bretton Woods Observer reports how civil society organizations around the world have been calling on the Bank to adopt a strong framework for the protection of human rights.

Feb 11,2016 by members

Mining in Mongolia endangers environment and communities

Accountability Counsel, CEE Bankwatch Network, Bank Information Center and Oyu Tolgoi Watch warn of irreversible damage to environment and herder communities in Mongolia’s Gobi desert if mining expansion proceeds. The mine is being financed by the International Finance Corporation (

Feb 06,2016 by Coalition

World Bank safeguard consultations end March 15

The final consultation period for the World Bank’s revision of its social and environmental safeguard policies will end on March 15th, 2016. Comments on the proposed draft safeguards framework can be submitted until that date to safeguardconsult@worldbank.org. You can find more inform

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

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