A community facing human and environmental rights abuses by development is often best placed to advocate for needed changes and to describe the kind of development the community wants. The core of IAP’s research and advocacy work is to Change the Rules of development. Development should draw upon the ideas, expertise and aspirations of the people it seeks to uplift.
A new global coalition, Coalition for Human Rights in Development coordinates the leaders of networks, social movements and community organizations to strengthen human and environmental rights protections at development finance institutions.
With the Global Advocacy Team initiative, IAP identifies key opportunities for change at specific development institutions. Exceptional community representatives are selected and supported to transform their firsthand experience and research into cutting-edge new policy ideas. Members of the Global Advocacy Team represent communities that have faced or are facing forced eviction as a result of a bank’s policy and projects. Experts in how bank policy affects local communities, the Global Advocacy Team members are the architects for new rules and practice at the world’s most influential banks.