Just Finance International has as its purpose to stimulate and support cross-border collaboration and works to ensure that development and infrastructure finance – both public and private financing – spent globally is contributing to the advancement of climate and environmental justice and human rights.
We conduct in-depth research on financial flows and advocates for transparency and accountability in the investment decisions by public financial and development institutions.
The climate emergency and the alarming loss of the planet’s biodiversity are closely related to ill-conceived large-scale infrastructure projects financed with public money. These include power plants that will generate greenhouse gas emissions for decades to come, and large hydropower dams, mining projects and export corridors that slice through some of the world’s few remaining wild areas and intact forests.
In addition to global consequences, there are often severe impacts on local communities who are affected by pollution, forced resettlement and loss of livelihood. We make it our mission to support affected communities, whose rights, livelihoods and access to decision-making processes have been impeded by these investments.
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Wawa works with civil society actors to improve access to information and decision-making in development finance. She previously worked as a policy advisor and investigative researcher for international and European NGOs and trade entities, and has been a trade and foreign affairs advisor for governments. She is a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Global China Hub.
Nils is an investigative reporter, editor and author, working mainly in international development, trade and security policy. He has reported for the Swedish media from four continents since the mid- 1990s, and has done in-depth research into cross-border corruption in Africa, the Balkans and Scandinavia.
Karianne holds a bachelor in Dutch law and a Master in International and European Law from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Working in senior management support, as a legal advisor and a project manager, she has a wealth of experience in all-round operational support. She has previously interned for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), worked in the Dutch legal field, and for Greenpeace International.
Sara has extensive field and policy experience working to support communities affected by human rights abuses and land confiscations. She has worked with civil society organisations in Asia and Europe to build local research and advocacy capacity. She was a foreign policy legislative fellow in the United States Congress.
Aleksandar created visual work for a number of clients in the apparel, theatre, movie, music and NGO field. Strong eye for all things visual, he brings a unique point of view to visual side of Just Finance. His intention is to support Just Finance team mates reach their goals in communicating pressing stories in the best possible way.
Head of Information Security
Daniel is responsible for information security for a number of organizations ranging from NGOs to global businesses. His training comes from the Swedish government as well as the KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
Henrik Alffram is a lawyer and sociologist by training with more than 25 years’ professional experience centred on human rights, rule of law and governance. As a founder of Rightshouse, he specializes in design, monitoring and evaluation of development interventions. Henrik has worked on such initiatives for development cooperation agencies, international organizations, NGOs and human rights groups in more than 30 countries on five continents. He has previously worked for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Human Rights Watch and the Faculty of Law at Lund University.
Rune Steenberg Reyhé
Dr. Steenberg Rune is an anthropologist who focusses on Xinjiang and Uyghurs. Extended fieldwork in Xinjiang, Kyrgyzstan and earlier in mainland China and Indonesia. Fluent in Uyghur and Chinese, functional communication in Kyrgyz.
Carin Norberg is a former Director of the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, Sweden (2006-2012). Between 1971 and 2002 she was a staff member of the Swedish International Development Authority in various positions and most recent Director of the Department for Democracy and Social Development. She has been based in Zambia and Angola. In the eighties she was engaged as Advisor to the Commissioner for Namibia in New York. She has been working at the Transparency International Secretariat in Berlin. Carin holds a degree in economics and political science from Uppsala University, and has been a member of several boards including Transparency International Sweden, Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies, Civil Rights Defenders and Center for Economic and Social Rights (chair) New York.
Former founding board member
Daniel Simons is Senior Legal Counsel in Greenpeace International’s Legal Unit, where he advises on the risks of protest actions, investigations and publications and handles incoming litigations. His other experience includes working as a legal officer at Article 19, the global campaign for freedom of expression, and as legal officer freedom of assembly, expression and information at the Open Society Justice Initiative. Daniel holds degrees in law from the University of Amsterdam and Columbia University. He has been a member of the Bar of New York since 2005 and serves on the Board of Directors of the Arena for Journalism in Europe and the Article 20 Network.
The Board and Team
Board members receive no remuneration for their work but are reimbursed for their expenses, such as travel costs for board meetings. Each board member has one voice. The team is remunerated. Wages and/or fees do not exceed the average income within a field of competence and seniority in the country of residence of the team member.
Just Finance International is registered as a foundation (stichting) with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce under number KvK/CCI: 84786906.
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Finance and activity reports
Just Finance International was registered in December 2021 and will make available its annual finance and activity reports upon completion of the calendar year in the ’About’ section of the website.