Multilateral Development Banks

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UN Human Rights Council Session

Attorney Leonardo Crippa delivers a statement to the UN Human Rights Council during the Council’s discussion on the right to development.


Center holds panel on Indigenous Lands and the World Bank

Panelists examine various Bank projects, including World Bank support for demarcation and titling of indigenous territories in Nicaragua to implement the landmark Awas Tingni decision by the Inter-American Court; land and forest interventions in Honduras, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Cambodia; and ongoing financing for land surveying and registry through the Guatemala Land Administration projects. Watch all the panelist’s presentations here.



Inter-American Development Bank Agrees to Investigate Harmful Wind Power Project in Mexico

UN Body Demands that World Bank and Regional Development Banks Implement UN Declaration


Center’s Submission  to World Bank on Integrating Indigenous Peoples’ Rights into the Safeguard Policies


Read the Center’s Ten critical points on the World Bank and indigenous peoples.

The Center and Development Banks


World Bank 2012 Annual Meetings

Multilateral development banks (MDBs) play a central role in the approval of large-scale development projects, such as dams and forestry initiatives, which have had devastating effects on indigenous peoples and other local communities. The Center works to ensure that these institutions respect the human rights of indigenous peoples in all their development activities. For this reason, we are working to develop binding international law that can hold MDBs accountable for their human rights impacts. The Center also advocates for policy reform within MDBs – urging them to adopt a human rights-based approach to development – to promote the fulfillment of indigenous peoples’ human rights as a development strategy, and to align their policies and activities with international human rights standards. The Center engages with MDBs’ staff and management to convey the concerns of indigenous peoples; informs indigenous leaders on critical policy developments; provides legal assistance and training to Indian communities and organizations so they can protect their environments and communities from harmful development projects; and encourages greater engagement by the United Nations in monitoring the activities of MDBs. The Center is also exploring avenues to make national development banks, such as the Brazilian Development Bank, comply with countries’ international human rights obligations arising from ratified treaties and customary law..

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