Since our founding in the mid-1990s, Bankwatch has been campaigning first and foremost to stop or change harmful or dubious investment projects funded by international public finance across central and eastern Europe. Concern for our region's environment and for the quality of people’s lives has been central to our thinking, strategising and efforts, and through alliances with both local communities and other non-governmental organisations we have helped secure positive changes on scores of projects.
Apart from individual projects, we also see the need to cut out environmentally and socially damaging investments at source – and that means advocating for more just and more sustainable policies to govern the lending practices of our target institutions.
This slideshow provides a selection of our successes that our analysis, on the ground research and our advocacy efforts have helped to bring about. (Click on the images to read the full success stories.)