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15-11: MasterClass: Follow the Money to Justice
Friday, 24/Mar/2017:
1:30pm - 3:00pm

Location: MC 6-860

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ID: 985 / 15-11: 1
MasterClass - learning day events

Follow the Money to Justice

Natalie Bugalski

Inclusive Development International, United States of America

The MasterClass will present Inclusive Development International’s Follow the Money initiative - a new tool to identify and analyze the companies and investors behind projects that threaten local tenure rights. The tool is designed for advocates working to challenge harmful investment projects and defend community land rights.

Behind many investment projects is a web of actors, including local and transnational corporations and their subsidiaries; private and institutional equity and debt investors, commodity traders, refiners and retailers. Many of these actors are bound by laws and policies that require them to respect human rights and the environment. Others have visible brands and are highly concerned about their corporate image. These actors all have a degree of leverage over the investment projects and can use their influence to ensure that local land rights are respected, or violations are redressed after the fact.

But these investment chains are often invisible to the communities that they impact.

Using the Follow the Money tool, communities are made aware of key actors along investment chains of projects affecting them. The tool assesses the strongest pressure points so communities are able to determine where they should focus their resources to maximize the chances of successful engagement and advocacy.

Dr. Natalie Bugalski is co-founder and Legal Director of Inclusive Development International, a human rights organization working to make the international economic system more justice and inclusive. Natalie is a human rights lawyer with expertise on housing rights, land tenure and resettlement policy. She has served as Legal Officer at the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions in Asia and worked as an expert consultant for the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, the former U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing and Amnesty International, among other organizations. Natalie holds a Bachelor of Laws with first class honors and a PhD in law, both from Monash University, Australia.