In-depth information and manuals for action for the institutions we monitor
At a first glance, the environment and activities of international financial institutions (IFIs) appear unrelated – but this is only the first glance.
IFIs are public institutions that are the main agents in a global financial architecture. As public institutions, they should be accountable to the public and act in its common good. However, their track record is far from perfect.
There is little, in-depth knowledge about these institutions among the general public but there’s a growing demand for such information. Our guides aim to provide a tool for readers, not so much as bed-side reading, but more as a manual. This tool is not only about information but action too. It is written with the aim to provide knowledge to concerned citizens to raise their voices about the operations of IFIs.
As public institutions, development banks should be accountable to the public and act in its common good.
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
European complaint mechanisms
The Citizens’ guide to European complaint mechanisms aims to help individuals and NGOs to successfully use existing institutional mechanisms at the European and international level to protect the environment and ensure adequate/effective use of public funds.
The guide summarises citizens’ experiences so far with appealing to international institutions such as the EU Ombudsman and the Aarhus Convention committee. By building on these examples, it offers assistance for a better use of the complaint mechanisms.
- Download the guide as pdf
- visit the interactive version
- read parts of it in German (translated by the German environmental organisation Deutscher Naturschutzring (DNR))
A guide for the Espoo Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context is available for download here (in English, Russian and Ukrainian). It was prepared by the European Environmental Bureau, the European ECO Forum and the Resource & Analysis Center “Society and Environment”.