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15-11: MasterClass: Follow the Money to Justice
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Follow the Money to Justice
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.