Feb 27, 2017 by Coalition

Demystifying Development Banks – Tools for Environmental and Human Rights Defenders


Human rights and environmental defenders around the world are fighting against infrastructure, energy and agriculture developments that fail to consult communities or respect their rights. One critical tool in this fight is knowing how to leverage the public banks which finance these development projects in order to access information, influence development proposals, prevent harm, and hold corporations and governments accountable.

Demystifying Development Banks is a multimedia presentation from a recent webinar hosted by the Coalition for Human Rights in Development. In the presentation, experts from Human Rights Watch, Foundation for Development of Sustainable Policies – FUNDEPS, Both ENDS, the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations – SOMO, and CEE Bankwatch provide a basic overview of the connection between development finance and threats to defenders, explain how development banks work and how to get information about development projects, and discuss strategies that can be used to influence development processes to reduce human rights risks, to secure protections for defenders or to respond to attacks.

You can view the multimedia presentation here and download the slides here.For more information, visit rightsindevelopment.org/HRD