Who we are
Citizens for Financial Justice is a diverse group of European partners – from local grassroots groups to large international organisations – with a shared vision of informing and connecting citizens to act together to make the global finance system work better for everybody.
We are funded by the European Union and aim to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by mobilising EU citizens to support effective financing for development (FfD).
Citizens for Financial Justice is funded by the European Union’s DEAR programme (Development Education and Awareness Raising).
The project is managed by six European non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Grant partners are at the heart of our work and we are implementing the project with grant partners from small and medium civil society organisations across Europe.
We are also supporting these organisations to develop and strengthen their work on development finance, reach new audiences and create new opportunities for citizen action.
Christian Aid, a major civil society organisation (CSO) with a strong focus on poverty reduction, human rights and gender equality, coordinates the Citizens for Financial Justice project. They also have extensive experience of campaigning on fundraising for development (FfD) issues as part of national, European and global networks.
Counter Balance is a European coalition of development and environmental non-governmental organisations (NGOs) with extensive experience working on development finance and with international financial institutions (IFIs), as well as campaigning to prevent negative impacts resulting from major infrastructure projects.
DDCI (Debt and Development Coalition Ireland) is a global financial justice organisation working towards a fair and just society for everyone. They critically engage people to understand the structural causes of global inequality and power relations and aim to empower people in Ireland to take informed action for greater economic justice globally.
erlassjahr.de (Jubilee Germany)
erlassjahr.de (Jubilee Germany) is part of a worldwide network of national and regional jubilee initiatives, which want more importance to be attached to the living conditions of people in indebted countries than to the servicing of sovereign debt. At present, Jubilee Germany is supported by over 600 organisations in Germany, from the church, political and civil society sectors.
Eurodad (the European Network on Debt and Development) is a network of 46 civil society organisations (CSOs) from 19 European countries, which works for transformative yet specific changes to global and European policies, institutions, rules and structures to ensure a democratically controlled, environmentally sustainable financial and economic system that works to eradicate poverty and ensure human rights for all.
The Debt Observatory in Globalisation (ODG – Observatori del Deute en la Globalització) produces critical analysis for social movements and social transformation in the face of social, economic, environmental and gender inequalities, while working on political incidence and the denunciation of the political and economic actors that they identify as responsible.
It is also an open platform for participation, debate and action, which promotes the creation of networks and spaces for the construction of alternatives that strengthen popular sovereignties and the empowerment of communities.
Grant-funded projects are at the centre of our work. We currently have 14 grant partners across 10 European countries and a second round of partners will join the project in late summer/autumn 2018.
Advanced Media Institute
We focus on innovative research and field practice through life-long and distance learning. The Institute, established by a highly-regarded team of academics, journalists and communication specialists, is a non-profit organisation based in Cyprus and is linked to the Graduate Programme ‘Communication and New Journalism’ of the Open University of Cyprus. Our project will document how debt crises undermine development and social justice, and engage the public and selected target groups in discussions about the reforms needed to improve the quality of FfD.
Where we work: Cyprus and Greece
Focus areas: ‘new media’, quality journalism, communication, media literacy, social and economic research, news analysis, political discourse analysis, economic and social justice
Attac Aalen is a local member of Attac Germany, which is part of the international Attac network and the Alliance on Debt and Development Ostalb. We oppose neo-liberal globalisation and develop social, ecological, and democratic alternatives to guarantee fundamental rights for all.
We fight for the regulation of financial markets, the closure of tax havens, the introduction of global taxes to finance global public goods, the implementation of limits to free trade and capital flows in favour of fair trade, and the cancellation of debt in developing countries.
Citizens for Financial Justice project
Through a series of events addressing both schools and the public, we want to increase awareness of the different aspects of debt. Traditionally debt is viewed as a debtor’s obligation, but it must also be seen as a global business model and as an instrument of power.
We will challenge the traditional view by showing the contributing factors of debt crises eg: climate change, decreasing commodity prices, and unfair trade agreements. We will highlight the political and social outcomes of debt crises – their impact on human rights and their tendency to boost poverty and inequality. We will also promote alternative paths for avoiding and dealing with debt crises, including rules for responsible borrowing and a fair and transparent sovereign debt workout for states, in the context of what’s needed for fair and sustainable development.
Where we work: Germany
Focus areas: debt crises, globalisation, inequality
Bündnis Eine Welt Schleswig-Holstein (BEI)
BEI is part of the One World federal network of Schleswig-Holstein and an umbrella organisation of about 80 non-governmental organisations related to development politics in the German federal state Schleswig-Holstein. Since its establishment in 1994, BEI champions the creation of better conditions for development policies.
Roughly 80 member organisations stand up for justice and solidarity, with different focus points and political orientations. This includes development education and PR work, intercultural understanding, human rights, development cooperation and partnerships with countries in the Global South, fair trade, support of refugees and migrants, and climate and environmental protection.
Citizens for Financial Justice project
We focus on debt relief for heavily indebted developing countries, as an important precondition to make sustainable development happen. Our project objectives include:
- partners working in education are aware of the issue and raise awareness
- NGO networks in Schleswig-Holstein understand sovereign debt as an important obstacle to development, and stand up for debt relief
- we raise awareness among the financial sector in Schleswig-Holstein
- establishing a regional “Jubilee network” that informs and connects interested and engaged people and coordinates and feeds relevant information to NGO networks
Where we work: Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Focus areas: fair trade, corporate social responsibility, global partnership and development, education, migration
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Bretton Woods Project
The Bretton Woods Project focuses on the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to challenge their power and open space for civil society and social movements to contribute to the development of policies that are gender transformative, equitable, environmentally sustainable and consistent with international human rights norms.
Where we work: UK and Europe
Focus areas: democratic governance, environmental sustainability, and human rights
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Ecumenical Academy (EA)
Established in 1996 in the Czech Republic, EA is an NGO with a vision of a socially just, sustainable and tolerant society. We work on human rights and finding solutions for economic, social, gender and ethnic inequalities. We support alternative forms of economical democracy, such as social solidarity economy (SSE), fair trade, cooperatives. We also organise campaigns and events to raise awareness of these issues. a founding member of many Czech social justice organisations and part of several international networks.
Where we work: Czech Republic and wider Europe
Focus areas: human rights, climate justice, food sovereignty, social solidarity economy, fair trade, alternatives, sustainable development, development cooperation, SDGs
Focus Association for Sustainable Development
Focus is an independent, non-governmental, apolitical, non-profit environmental organisation with more than 15 years of experience working on environmental and development projects and policies. We stimulate environmentally and socially responsible life through education, awareness raising and co-shaping policies in the field of sustainable development, climate change, energy, transport, global responsibility, consumption and degrowth.
Where we work: Slovenia, Western Balkans, EU
Focus areas: climate change, energy, sustainable mobility, global responsibility, ethical consumption, degrowth
We work to empower, support and grow grassroots groups, mobilising against the expansion of fossil gas infrastructure in Europe and the Mediterranean. We facilitate networking between NGOs and grassroots groups on an international level and implement priority activities and actions. We connect people and help build a movement that will stop fossil gas and bring about a transition to a world that is powered by community-owned renewable energy sources.
Where we work: global with a focus on Europe
Focus areas: fossil gas, climate change, activism, networking, movement support
Les Amis de la Terre
Friends of the Earth France (les Amis de la Terre) is a non-profit environmental and human rights network, independent from any religious or political influence. Created in 1970, we helped build the French ecological movement and helped found the world’s largest grassroots environmental network, Friends of the Earth International, with member groups in 75 countries. Les Amis de la Terre campaigns on climate change targeting public actors and private finance, extractivism and corporate accountability, forests, agriculture and product life span.
Where we work: France (and globally through international federation)
Focus areas: climate change, public and private finance, economic justice, forests and agriculture, sustainable consumption
National Society of Conservationists – Friends of the Earth Hungary
Established in 1989, we include more than 100 Hungarian environmental groups, which are represented in all counties of Hungary. We are radical in our principles: we wish to draw decision makers’ and citizens’ attention to the drivers of environmental problems, by organising campaigns, professional events, in-depth studies and publications, and targeted lobbying.
Where we work: Hungary
Focus areas: environment, economic justice, climate and energy, biodiversity, SDGs, education
Oikos – Cooperação e Desenvolvimento
Oikos is a Portuguese Development NGO that was created in 1988. Our mission is to contribute to the eradication of poverty and reduction of injustice (economic, knowledge and resources) through the involvement and co-responsibility of the actors and in the development of sustainable solutions so that everybody has the right to a dignified life.
Where we work: Portugal, Africa, and Latin America
Focus areas: humanitarian aid (with a focus on rehabilitation and disaster preparedness), sustainable livelihoods, and development education and awareness raising
The Oikocredit Support Association Bavaria is committed to global solidarity and social justice. We know from experience that loans are a suitable instrument to sustainably improve the situation of disadvantaged people in developing countries. At the same time, they strengthen the confidence of people in their own abilities. That is why we support the Ecumenical Development Cooperative Oikocredit.
It is our mission to provide education and information to the public in order to disseminate a better understanding of and more opportunities for a fair global economy, and to foster a global attitude towards development cooperation. This includes information and promotion of the opportunity to ethically and socially invest in the international cooperative Oikocredit U.A.
Citizens for Financial Justice project
Our project, ‘Good money for the world: Financing sustainable development in the Global South’, highlights how investments by the Global North will only lead to sustainable development if they are based on criteria that ensure responsible behaviour on both sides. Irresponsible and unsustainable investments can lead to social and economic misery.
The engagement of ordinary citizens is critical, eg: to make policy-makers implement standards for sustainable development financing. Citizens need to be informed about challenges, as well as alternatives, in development financing and options for engagement and attitude change.
Together with Jubilee Germany, we organise a web-based campaign and ‘theme day’ events on financing for a sustainable development with an emphasis on responsible investments, borrowing and lending. Our regional focus will be East and Southern Africa. We address the interested public including younger people (21-40).
Where we work: Germany, Bavaria
Focus areas: global solidarity, social justice, fair global economy, education, ethical and social investment
Plateforme Française Dette & Développement (PFDD)
PFDD is a coalition of around 30 French non-governmental organisations and trade unions who work together for a comprehensive, just and lasting solution to sovereign debt problems in developing countries.
The Platform is a place for information exchange and expertise, public expression and advocacy on all issues related to debt in developing countries. Since 2015, we have been implementing a project called ‘Strengthening the civil society mobilisation for the follow up of Debt and Development Contracts’ in five African countries (Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Congo, DRC, Guinea), to ensure full and comprehensive association of civil society organisations.
Citizens for Financial Justice project
Thirty-five years after the developing countries’ sovereign debt crisis, the level of debt of a series of low-income countries is worrying. The existing bodies in charge of debt restructuring (IMF, Paris Club) are seen by official creditors as remaining the most legitimate and efficient instances. Yet, in civil society, across the academic world and within several international bodies, it is widely recognised that the way the crisis was managed by the IMF and the Paris Club in the 80s and 90s was long and extremely expensive, both politically and economically, for the countries concerned. Moreover, creditors of developing countries have largely diversified, and developing countries increasingly resort to private credit, particularly via bonds issued on the financial markets.
The project, ‘Paris Club Watch’, will be implemented with the support of CATDM France and Survie. It seeks to alert and mobilise both citizens and decision-makers about the risks of reproducing the errors of the past in regard to state indebtedness and debt relief. It will also raise awareness of possible alternatives to resolve sovereign debt crises.
Where we work: France
Focus areas: FfD, debt, French debt and development contracts (C2Ds), vulture funds, Paris Club
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Platform is a London-based charity with 10 staff that conducts research, public campaigning, education, and arts production towards a fairer future beyond fossil fuels. We aim to dismantle the financial and political power of fossil fuel corporations; uplift marginalised voices; and promote ideas and policies for a sustainable, democratic energy system.
Where we work: UK, with partnerships in Argentina, Egypt, Azerbaijan, Nigeria, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany
Focus areas: energy democracy, climate justice, fossil fuel finance, uplifting marginalised voices
Polish Green Network
Alliance of Associations Polish Green Network (Polish Green Network, PGN) is a national alliance of 10 environmental and sustainable development associations and foundations based in the largest cities of Poland. We are a leading sustainable development network in Poland and are one of the few NGOs in Poland able to work across all regions of the country and internationally.
Where we work: Poland, EU, Eastern Africa
Focus areas: social and environmental justice, development finance, transparency and accountability of public finance nationally, European-wide and globally, sustainable development, increasing consumers impact on multinational corporations, development cooperation
Re:Common conducts investigations and promotes campaigns against the dodgy economy and the devastation of the territories in the North and in the South of the world caused by the indiscriminate exploitation of natural resources and major public and private infrastructure projects.
Where we work: Italy and worldwide
Focus areas: corruption, corporate accountability, infrastructure, public finance
Society for International Development (SID)
SID is an international network of individuals and organisations that promote participative and sustainable development. Founded in 1957, we have more than 3,000 members, and work with local chapters and partner organisations in more than 50 countries. Through global policy engagements, as well locally-driven programmes and activities, SID strengthens collective empowerment, facilitates dialogue and knowledge-sharing on people-centred development strategies, and promotes policy change towards inclusiveness, equity and sustainability.
Where we work: global and regional (Africa)
Focus areas: inclusion, gender, food, agriculture, nutrition, sustainable development, financing for development, governance
Solidaritätsdienst International (SODI) is a non-profit and non-governmental organisation that focusses on promoting and supporting the human rights of minorities and vulnerable groups. We work with projects and organisations in the Global South to encourage emancipation and support the fight against exploitation. We also actively campaign and carry out educational work in the Global North.
SODI’s work is independent, critical, unaffiliated with any religion and dedicated to a peaceful future.
Citizens for Financial Justice project
Our campaign is titled ‘Power and powerlessness: How sustainable debt reliefs facilitate sustainable development’. It shows how power structures are interlinked with debt. Through several panel discussions and local campaigns, the focus is laid, on a macro level, on how state capacities are affected by national debt, for example in Serbia, Mozambique, Cameroon and Nepal.
Furthermore, SODI offers an insight on the impact of national debt on the lives of the people and unfolds and examines the concrete consequences of accumulation of state debt. Cooperation with partner organisations, mainly concerning the acquirement of in-debt information, plays an essential part in the project because local insights clarify the issue and raise awareness among the civil society for the causes, origins and effects of debt and indebtedness. The main target is eastern Germany.
Where we work: Germany and global (through partners)
Focus areas: social and economic justice, inequality, sustainable solutions for the agricultural sector and climate protection, education on sustainable development
Stamp Out Poverty
Stamp Out Poverty is a not-for-profit UK organisation, set up in 2006, with three full-time members of staff and a management group comprised of civil society organisations such as Oxfam and Unite the Union. We have been at the forefront of civil society work on Financing for Development (FfD) for more than a decade and are best known for our work on the Financial Transactions Tax (FTT) and the popular Robin Hood Tax (RHT) campaign.
Where we work: UK, with some activity in Europe, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and some low- and middle-income countries
Focus areas: Financing for Development (FfD), innovative finance, financial transactions tax, climate damages tax