A three-day workshop on ‘Environment Social and Development Finance: Dimensions of Sustainable Energy’ was jointly organised by National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), Centre for Financial Accountability (CFA), and PAIRVI in Hyderabad, with the activists of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

The objective of the workshop, which was organised between January 26-28, 2018, was to enable a dialogue amongst the activists of the two states regarding the challenges and ground-reality of people’s struggles; build critical perspective on Energy, Environment and its relation to the Finance; and to demystify the different aspects of finance, banking crisis, and energy’s contribution in it.

Around 40 participants including 15 women from different groups, representing thermal project-affected persons, activists from farmers, dalit, environment, disability rights groups, independent journalists, technology students, researchers, as well as representatives of Rythu Swarajya Vedika, Human Rights Forum, Prayas Energy Group, People’s Monitoring Group on Electricity Regulation, Telangna Vidyavantula Vedika, Dalit Bahujan Front, Andhra Pradesh Vyavasaya Vruttidarula Union, Cerena Foundation, Women’s Initiatives and other activists associated with NAPM from different parts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana including Vishakapatnam, Vijayawada, Nellore, Krishnapatnam, Adilabad, Ramagudam,Warangal, Hyderabad participated.

A Working Group of various representatives was formed to take forward the action points that emerged at the end of the three-day intensive workshop.

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On May 21, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would hear the landmark lawsuit, filed by the villagers of Mundra, challenging the absolute immunity of powerful institutions like the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The villagers are affected by the coal-fired Tata Mundra Ultra Mega Project, which was partially funded by the IFC.

This will be the first time the US Supreme Court will address the scope of international organisations’ immunity.

Visit here to know more about the case or to access the documents.