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Out for Summer, Episode 3: EIB Promoting development in Egypt – at what cost?

After the Arab Springs, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) engaged in the support of the country’s transition to democracy, endorsing the priorities of el-Sisi’s new government: energy and economic development. But a few years later, the human rights situation in the country still raises big concerns, […]

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Out for Summer, Episode 2: how public banks support an unsustainable farming giant in Ukraine, ignoring communities’ rights

Myronivsky Hliboproduct (MHP) is a poultry farming giant operating in Ukraine. The company has received several loans by public banks including the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), even though its activities are seriously impacting the environment and local rural communities. The banks have so far declined any […]

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Out for Summer, Episode 1: The Ambatovy mine in Madagascar – How the EIB is sweeping a development fiasco under the rug

This summer we would like to shed light on the European Investment Bank’s operations outside the EU. “Out for summer” is a series of articles focusing on different cases of troubled development stories. First stop: Ambatovy, Madagascar. The Ambatovy project, together with the Mopani mine in Zambia, was the last mining project directly financed by […]

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A tale of reverse development – the Ambatovy mine case

Originally published by OneWorld. June 16, 2017 by Laurence Soustras, Riana Raymonde Randrianarisoa Green shades of the tropical forest surrounding Madagascar’s largest seaport, Tamatave, is all that Google Maps shows. Then there is the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean. But zooming in, some 20 kilometres southwest of the city, you can see it. Satellite […]

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New report: Towards a better model for public development banks

Today the NGO Network Eurodad published the report “Public Development Banks: Towards a better model” which proposes a blueprint for successful public development banks at national, regional and global level. With this blogpost, we highlight some of the issues raised in the report, and how they are relevant for the main institution we are monitoring: […]

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Counter Balance raises NGO concerns on the European Fund for Sustainable Development at EU Parliament hearing

Yesterday, Wednesday 8 March, Counter Balance intervened during a public hearing at the European Parliament where MEPs exchanged views with experts and stakeholders on the European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD). Organised by the Parliament Foreign Affairs (AFET), Development (DEVE) and Budgets (BUDG) Committees, the hearing hosted among others representatives from the European Investment Bank […]

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