Since Davos 2017 at the latest, we have been experiencing a changing world order in which China, as a counterpart to the USA, defends the system of "free trade" and wants to establish its own international rules (keyword: new trade arbitration tribunals, new human rights narratives, etc.). However, the changing world order is also characterised by an increasing restriction of democratic leeway (keyword: shrinking spaces), a strengthening of authoritarian regimes, threats to religious freedom as well as ecological destruction, poverty and human rights violations.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also include the development of "sustainable, resilient, high-quality infrastructure" (UN). China's annual foreign investment is estimated at US$ 140 billion. Multilateral development banks (MDBs) are also actively involved in this global sustainability project. In sharp contrast, however, is the lack of accountability of the economic players involved.
To strengthen this, the Regional Infrastructure Monitoring Alliance (RIMA) is to be established. With the kind support of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and in cooperation with the NGO Forum on ADB, an umbrella organisation of regionally organised civil society groups, as well as the Bangladesh Working Group on External Debt (BWGED), Coastal Livelihood and Environmental Action (CLEAN) and numerous individual supporters, civil society actors meet here regularly to exchange experiences. The experts have been campaigning for many years for compliance with regulations to mitigate social and ecological damage caused by large infrastructure projects. RIMA supports climate protection, human rights and economic self-determination. It creates a forum against over-indebtedness and destruction of biodiversity.
Concrete actions include:
- Mapping case studies/hotspot analyses.
- Creating a database of case studies of energy infrastructure projects accessible to the network
- Developing strategies to protect livelihoods, climate and biodiversity