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Human Rights Defenders in EIB-financed projects: a long way to go

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 By Aleksandra Antonowicz-Cyglicka, Bankwatch 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, […]

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Racing against the clock: Kenyan villagers under imminent threat of eviction by project under EU’s bank’s appraisal

Originally published on bankwatch.org Today’s European Development Days forum in Brussels with its aspirational motto ‘building a world which leaves no one behind’ is an ironic backdrop to what is happening in the remote parts of Kenya, where a whole community is facing a threat of forced eviction by a project under appraisal of the […]

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VIDEO: The song of the EIB

On the occasion of the EU elections 2019, Counter Balance and its partners call the citizens’ attention on the bank of the EU – the European Investment Bank (EIB). What does it do? What are the challenges it has gone through so far? What the aspects that need improvement? And what can the citizens do […]

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Development in Reverse – Episode 3: the Nepal Marsygandi Corridor

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is funding the expansion of parts of the Nepal power system. The Marsygandi Corridor, passing over homes, lands forests and community spaces in the Lamjung district, Western Nepal, raises particular concerns about the impact on the local Gurung Indigenous Peoples. Our new infographic explains more.   For further details on […]

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Development in Reverse – Episode 1: Ombudsman bashes EIB for mishandling a mining fiasco

Brussels – In an unprecedented ruling, the European Ombudsman concluded that the European Investment Bank (EIB) mishandled complaints about a major mining project it financed in Madagascar. The Ombudsman ruled maladministration for the EIB massive delays in handling the case and highlighted the poor monitoring on the implementation of the project on the ground. The […]

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Trading away the EU principles in the name of national export interests?

Originally published on Euractiv. By Antonio Tricarico, 20 Nov 2018 MEPs need to follow the lead of the European Ombudsman and force the European Commission to shine the light on the opaque role of national Export Credit Agencies, writes Antonio Tricarico. Antonio Tricarico is programme director of Re:Common, Italy, the NGO coalition monitoring public finance institutions Perhaps […]

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In Kenya, a motorway funded by the European Investment Bank runs over roadside dwellers

Children dropping out of school, trees cut, people living in fear of another wave of forced evictions – the European Investment Bank’s (EIB) project reveals the critical absence of human rights safeguards in the EU’s overseas development financing. By Aleksandra Antonowicz-Cyglicka. Originally published on bankwatch.org The nearly 1 000 km route connecting Mombasa and Lake Victoria […]

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The European Parliament resolution urges European financial institution to respect indigenous peoples rights

Celebrate the rights of those 5 per cent who hold 80 per cent of the planet’s biodiversity. Today is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. Originally published by Bankwatch. The European Parliament resolution of 3 July 2018 on violation of the rights of indigenous peoples in the world, including land grabbing recognises the “central role” […]

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EU’s Africa plan must put aid goals front and centre

Originally published on Public Finance International. By: Xavier Sol 30 Nov 17 Development objectives need to come first in the EU’s new External Investment Plan and be backed by high levels of transparency, says Xavier Sol of Counter Balance European Union leaders this week met their African counterparts in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, for the fifth […]

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Between TAP and a hard place – Albanian farmers receive peanuts after losing land and livelihoods to gas pipeline

Originally published by Bankwatch. Interviews in Albania revealed a barrage of complaints about how the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline has been treating farmers affected by the mega gas project that may soon receive a record loan from the European Investment Bank. Sven Haertig-Tokarz, Web editor  |  30 November 2017 The full report from the fact-finding mission is available for […]

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