- Program Environment
- Program Area Transforming Development Finance
- Grant Amount $250,000
- Grant Period January 1, 2002–December 31, 2003
- Location Eugene, OR, United States
- Geographic Focus World
About this grant
Local environmental leaders can be a powerful voice for accountability and transparency at national and international levels. They also make up an important potential constituency for environmental reform of international financial institutions and trade. However, despite being well-positioned to monitor local conditions, many local environmental leaders lack access to both the most up-to-date scientific expertise and the international mechanisms created for civil society input through which they might bring attention to environmentally damaging projects.Multiyear funding will provide support to the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) for its programs, capacity building and assistance to grassroots environmental leaders working to prevent environmental degradation and promoting more transparent, accountable trade and investment decisions around the world. Activities will include providing scientific expertise, resources and support to environmentalists working to prevent environmental degradation; providing legal resources to local leaders; connecting public interest environmental lawyers interested in promoting international financial institution reform; conducting training and workshops to help local leaders understand the environmental impacts of international finance and trade; and strengthening networks among grassroots leaders.ELAW, a worldwide network of 300 environmental leaders in 60 countries, helps members gain skills, tools and resources to protect the environment through sound legal enforcement mechanisms and institutions.