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 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 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 16

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 servi

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 mechanisms

May 04,2016 by members

Indigenous Peoples in Crosshairs of Development

Peter Bosshard, interim ED of Coalition member International Rivers, explains how indigenous communities are particularly at risk of landgrabbing and face increasing repression, even death when standing up for their rights. Read the article here.

Apr 12,2016 by members

Civil society groups express great concern over BRICS Bank

As government ministers from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa gather in Washington, DC for the third board of governors meeting of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) April 13 and 14, civil society groups in BRICS countries appealed to their governments and NDB management to operate

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 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 (

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

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