In collaboration with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Department of Criminal Law and Criminology, we undertake a study of existing human rights issues (and ways to mitigate these) in Fairtrade’s coffee and banana supply chains in Ethiopia, Colombia and the Dominican Republic. We look into the relevance of FTI certification systems for human rights, study the human rights due diligence relevance of these interventions and assess the use and relevance of company level complaint mechanisms in Fairtrade supply chains.
Author: Floor Knoote
CAPACITY BUILDING: MASSIVE ONLINE OPEN COURSE DEVELOPMENT
Developed five interactive online learning courses to transfer the knowledge generated within the AFI network to a large number of learners which consist of the staff of AFI member institutions who are geographically dispersed in the various parts of the world, the staff of other institutions working on the following areas and also financial inclusion professionals (individuals) who are not part of the AFI network. The five online learning courses addressed the following areas: a. Inclusive Green Finance; b. Gender Inclusive Finance, c. Anti-Money Laundering; Countering Financing of Terrorism; d. Financial Inclusion Strategies; and e. AFI COVID-19 Policy Response.
ALTERNATIVE FINANCING MODELS FOR AGROECOLOGY AND COMMUNITY MANAGED FORESTRY
Supported MilieuDefensie in the development of a set of knowledge products translating the organization’s objectives to stop the financialisation of nature. These products also highlighted finance models that promote and respect indigenous peoples and local communities’ knowledge and practice for agroecology and community-based forest management and are part of the organization’s capacity building efforts.
Study on influence of Countering the Financing of Terrorism regulation on security of HRDs
Investigated the role that countering the financing of terrorism (CFT) laws and regulations play in limiting the operations of Human rights defenders working on organised crime, and document the impact it has on their safety. Specific focus on women’s rights. Drafted policy paper for advocacy towards international institutions on how to protect the space for HRDS in light of CFT developments.
POLICY GUIDANCE ON DFL FOR ASEAN COUNTRIES
Developed a policy note intended to identify the current practices of ASEAN countries in the implementation of DFL initiatives, explore approaches to the introduction of DFL in the national context, with a special focus on National Financial Inclusion Strategies (NFIS) and National Financial Education Strategies (NFES), provide regulatory and non-regulatory recommendations to regulators with regards to the implementation of DFL initiatives at the local level, and introduce global and regional best practices to provide ASEAN members with the necessary conceptual framework to identify, address and evaluate DFL initiatives.
DIGITAL FINANCIAL LITERACY (DFL) POLICY GUIDELINES
Created a Guideline Note and accompanying Toolkit to help regulators understand, develop, facilitate and regulate tools, interventions and policies directed at promoting digital financial literacy (DFL) and capability whilst building consumer trust in digital platforms.
Complaint Building Palm Oil Company: Research on consultation and violations during certification audits
Supported Milieudefensie with documentation of consultation processes and land rights violations in Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone to be used as evidence in complaints filed against company. Conducted general analysis and identification of gaps in consultation and FPIC processes in palm oil certification schemes: gaps between standards/policies and general norms and standards on consultation & experiences of communities and civil society.
Fact-finding work on threats against land rights defenders Uganda
Supported the ABA Justice Defenders Program in conducting research and fact finding work on threats to land and human rights defenders in Uganda. Interviewed local community members and stakeholders, plus review of court documents and financial agreements. Drafted a report documenting the threats to defenders outlining regional and international obligations and advocacy strategies.
Evaluation labour rights & worker mobilisation in IFI infrastructure projects
Evaluated the Mondiaal FNV’s support to the Global Union Federation (GUF), to lobby International Financial Institutions to improve core labour standards in IFI projects. Assessed whether the interventions for trade union affiliates have contributed to improved labour standards and gender equality and women’s participation. Provided insight into the strategies with respect to IFI infrastructure projects’ compliance in South Asia and East Africa. Provided recommendations for future collaboration, follow-up projects and activities.
National Strategy for Financial inclusion – Paraguay
In order to advance the financial conclusion objectives of Paraguay framed by the National Strategy for Financial Inclusion (NSFI), the National committee of Financial Inclusion has engaged Dimes to analyze the implementation of the NSFI so far and facilitate the design and development of a renewed NSFI for the following implementation period.