Early Warning System

The Early Warning System ensures local communities, and the organizations that support them, have verified information about projects likely to cause human and environmental rights abuses and clear strategies for advocacy.

Uniting international research and local expertise, the Early Warning System monitors international and regional development-finance institutions and reinforces community-led campaigns. The data collected includes information about projects financed by institutions such as the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, the Asian Development Bank, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the African Development Bank, the BRICS’s New Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.

The Early Warning System is managed by the International Accountability Project (IAP) and the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL).


Posted on Jan 04,2018

EWS Alert published on Nenskra Hyrdropower Project

In collaboration with CEE Bankwatch and NGO Forum on ADB, an Early Warning System Alert has been published for the Nenskra Hydropower Plant in Georgia. Despite great opposition from the ethnic Svan communities whose traditional lands will be impacted, the EBRD, EIB, ADB, and AIIB have proposed to co-finance the project. This analysis focuses on the ADB and AIIB’s proposed investments subject to approval in the first half of 2018, and finds significant impacts on communities’ rights to a healthy environment, housing and property, labor and livelihood, food, health, and Indigenous rights.

Posted on Nov 22,2017

EWS Alert Published for IADB Project in Honduras

An Early Warning System alert has been published for a project under consideration by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Honduras. The project would support the Honduras in implementing a controversial law creating special Employment and Economic Zones (or “ZEDE”s). These zones dismantle local democratic governance structures and will have widespread negative impacts on Honduras’ most vulnerable citizens. Read more


Posted on Sep 11,2017

EWS alert published for Lukoil Shah Deniz II

An Early Warning System Alert has been published with Crude Accountability for the Lukoil Shah Deniz Stage II project, co-financed by the EBRD and ADB through loans amounting to 1 billion USD. The project supports the construction and expansion of Shah Deniz, an offshore gas exploration project and associated pipelines in Azerbaijan. Among others, the project endangers the rights of internally displaced peoples fleeing the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, labor rights, and the right to food and water. This project is currently active and received additional financing in July 2017. Read the analysis here.

Posted on Aug 07,2017

EWS alert published for Regional Infrastructure Development Fund Project in Indonesia

In collaboration with NGO Forum on ADB, an EWS alert has been published for the Regional Infrastructure Development Fund Project in Indonesia.  The project, which is co-financed by the World Bank and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, has raised concerns amongst civil society groups in Indonesia.  The project has been approved by the AIIB and the World Bank component was approved in March 2017.  You can read the short analysis here.