Today’s complex development challenges, continued economic inequalities and injustices, and the growing urgency of the climate crisis are among the core concerns of Recourse. Our ecological justice programme focuses on research, campaigning, and advocacy around International Finance Institutions’ (IFIs) policies and practices affecting the climate, biodiversity and the environment.

Through targeting development finance, we aim to influence the policy-making and practices of governments around the world. We work with partners and allies to promote solutions to address climate change and environmental degradation in a socially just way. Our work ranges from campaigning to ensure the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank rules out fossil fuels in its new energy strategy review to working with partners to explore how World Bank policy lending subsidizes the wrong energy choices; from supporting local campaigns against coal plants in the Philippines and Indonesia, to pressuring the Asian Development Bank to consult widely on its new Energy Policy.

The climate crisis and other environmental problems demand urgent action from IFIs: to stop bankrolling fossil fuels, promote clean renewable energy, and stop biodiversity degradation and forest destruction. But this must happen in a way that supports and does not undermine the livelihoods of local communities but rather puts them at the centre of development decision-making.