From Colombia to Kenya, 25 cases of threats and attacks against human rights defenders reveal how development financiers can fuel abuses or help fight them

A new report from the Coalition for Human Rights in Development and the Defenders in Development Campaign reveals the alarming impact ill-planned investments in infrastructure, energy, and other development activities are having on the safety and wellbeing of human rights defenders around the world. Uncalculated Risks contains 25 case studies highlighting the grave dangers faced […]

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Les contours encore flous d’une banque européenne pour le climat

Originally published on mediapart.fr 23 mai 2019 Par Christophe Gueugneau Emmanuel Macron en a fait la proposition en mars, son parti l’a reprise dans son programme. De même qu’EELV et le PS. Mais tout reste à faire quant à la création d’une banque européenne pour le climat, à commencer par convaincre les partenaires européens. ·  […]

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#EP2019: Will you stand up for financial justice?

The objectives of the European Union are being diverted from its foundations as a union for peace and solidarity, towards servicing the interests of the financial elite. As part of the Citizens for Financial Justice network, we’re calling on European election candidates to stand up for financial justice and pledge to put people before profit: […]

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Development in reverse, Episode 4: MHP agri-food in Ukraine

In Ukraine, the EIB, together with the EBRD, the IFC and some export credit agencies, is financing the company Myronivsky Hliboproduct Pjsc (MHP), controlling all aspects of the poultry production chain, with an 82 million EUR loan. Being among the three main suppliers of poultry to the EU, the company has virtually grown into a […]

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Les investissements de la BEI à la loupe

Originally published by Mediapart, as part of “La lettre européenne #30″. L’ONG Counter Balance, qui enquête sans relâche sur les investissements de la Banque européenne d’investissement (BEI), a publié un manifeste à la veille des européennes : elle appelle les candidats et futurs eurodéputés à s’engager pour une réforme du fonctionnement de cette institution clé de l’UE, dont […]

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Our Activity Report 2018

Our 2018 activities, successes and future challenges in a short booklet.

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First overhaul the investment bank for a greener EU

Originally published on EU Observer. By Adriana Paradiso In a few weeks, as European citizens we will be called to elect our new representatives at the European Parliament. This democratic choice will be essential to make sure they push on our behalf to shape the kind of Europe we want to live in. And an […]

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New Report: Turning forests into hotels – The true cost of biodiversity offsetting in Uganda

The continuation of the extractivist model requires tools that allow to circumvent the law and to make possible what was previously unimaginable. A biodiversity offset project in Uganda has enabled the World Bank to turn a forest into a luxury resort. While international tourism groups are cashing in, local communities are being pushed off their […]

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Rebuilding the world: the hubris behind the global infrastructure agenda

Originally published on OpenDemocracy By Xavier Sol Infrastructure is not just about bricks and mortar. It is about systematic wealth extraction from local communities, whose territories are permanently reshaped in the name of capital accumulation. This article is part of a series by openDemocracy and the Bretton Woods Project on the crisis of multilateralism. The […]

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Event “Turning forests into hotels” – April 15th, Brussels

SAVE THE DATE! April 15, 2 PM – Mundo B, Brussels Re:Common and Counter Balance are glad to announce the event “Turning Forest into Hotels”, that will take place on Monday, April 15th at Mundo-B, Brussels. Our new investigation exposes how a World Bank project that was supposed to protect biodiversity in Uganda is making […]

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