Anne de Jonghe
International financial institutions • Infrastructure • Working with local groups • Africa • Latin America • Export Credit Agencies
I want to contribute to a world where everyone can decide upon their own lives, where human rights are being respected and where we take care of the earth. When I worked in Central America, I was caught by the huge differences between the worlds of small communities, companies, governments, NGO's and banks. It touched me to see how unequal the power relations are and how little understanding there is about the other worlds.
Working a Both ENDS I can do what I find most important: getting insights in de different realities of all those involved in large infrastructural projects and international investments, and the effects these have on local communities. At Both ENDS I get the chance to bring local experiences and needs to the decision-making tables of investors, companies and governments. On the other hand, I can support local groups to gain insight into the way of working of these same investors, companies and governments and how this can be influenced and changed.
In 2011 one of the world’s largest gas reserves was found in the coastal province of Cabo Delgado, in the north of Mozambique. A total of 35 billion dollars has been invested to extract the gas. Dozens of multinationals and financiers are involved in these rapid developments. It is very difficult for the people living in Cabo Delgado to exert influence on the plans and activities, while they experience the negative consequences. With the arrival of these companies, they are losing their land.
Large-scale infrastructural projects have detrimental effects on local people and the environment, while their benefits are felt elsewhere. Both ENDS is working to ensure that local people have a greater say in decision-making and is investigating the way these projects are funded.
News / 16 December 2019
Earlier this month, the seven men found guilty of the murder of Berta Cáceres were sentenced to jail for periods between 30 and 50 years. The court confirmed its opinion that Berta Cáceres was murdered for her role in defending the rights of the indigenous Lenca communities.
News / 1 December 2018
On Thursday, November 29, seven suspects of the murder of Berta Cáceres (in March 2016) were found guilty. Members of the indigenous human rights organisation COPINH, of which Cáceres was the leader, and close relatives of Cáceres herself see the ruling as the first step towards justice for her murder and the recognition that the company DESA is co-responsible for this. They also point out, however, that the process was permeated with corruption, intimidation and other abuses from the very beginning, and that the masterminds behind the murder are still walking around freely.
News / 23 May 2018
This week, the African Development Bank (AfDB) holds its 2018 Annual Meetings. A large group of African civil society organisations calls on the bank to ensure social and environmental protection, to involve civil society, to pay attention to gender issues and to make sustainable choices in their energy access ambitions.