Finance in Common Summit
On November 9-12, for the first time ever, all public development banks in the world will gather at the Finance in Common Summit, to discuss their post-Covid19 recovery plans and the future of 'sustainable development'.
Unfortunately, though, in the Summit agenda there’s no space for human rights. Those most impacted by the investments of development banks - local communities, Indigenous Peoples and human rights defenders - will not have the opportunity to raise their concerns at the Summit, despite the growing evidence of human rights abuses linked to development banks investments.
Join us and call on the banks attending the Finance in Common Summit to stop funding projects that harm people and the planet!
Around 250 organizations around the world are calling for the principles of a human rights-based and community-led development to be prioritized in the agenda and in the outcomes of the Finance in Common Summit.
Around the world, activists who oppose development projects are being threatened, attacked and killed. The ancestral lands of Indigenous Peoples are being pillaged. Rural communities are being forcibly evicted. Yet, development banks keep turning a eye blind to these abuses.
Covid-19, press freedom and the role of development banks
Covid-19 and development finance
Development finance institutions should ensure that the funding and support they provide for the Covid-19 response, and during the economic recovery period, upholds human rights and leads to economic justice for those who are most vulnerable.
Across Southeast and South Asia, indigenous peoples and local communities – who were already severely impacted by development projects such as dams, agribusiness, or mining activities – are now facing additional challenges due to the COVID-19 emergency.
How are COVID-19 measures and lockdowns impacting frontline communities opposing internationally financed development projects?
Read more in this blog for the Heinrich Böll Foundation - Southeast Asia.