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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Energy Resources Conservation & Development, Environment, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

Mission: International Rivers protects rivers and defends the rights of communities that depend on them. We work to stop destructive dams and promote water and energy solutions for a just and sustainable world. To achieve this mission, International Rivers collaborates with a global network of local communities, social movements, non-governmental organizations and other partners. Through research, education and advocacy, International Rivers works to halt destructive river infrastructure projects, address the legacies of existing projects, improve development policies and practices, and promote water and energy solutions for a just and sustainable world. The primary focus of our work is in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Target demographics: people who are working to protect their rivers and communities from destructive big dams.

Geographic areas served: Africa, Asia, Latin America

Programs: International Rivers combines reforming global policies with campaigning on specific key projects. In our global policy work, we provide critical analysis for dam opponents and bring the concerns of local communities to the attention of dam funders as part of our efforts to reform their policies and practices. In our project campaigns, we support grassroots social movements and non-governmental organizations to oppose corporate and government plans for specific destructive dam projects, or to campaign for fair compensation for projects that cannot be stopped or have already been built. Specific programs include: -- Building the capacity of local groups and working to stop destructive river projects in Ethiopia, DRC, Brazil, Peru, Chile, China, Laos, Burma and India; -- Reforming policies and standards of international financial institutions such as the World Bank; -- Exposing the hydropower industry's efforts to use climate change to promote the false solution of big-dam hydropower;

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

Billions of dollars are being invested in building dams throughout the Amazon that will devastate the environment and displace local communities and cause massive emission of green house gases as the vegetation decomposes. International Rivers is at the forefront of ensuring that local communities and the environment is put before economic greed and is the leading expert on these issues.

24 JamesShelton

Donor

Rating: 5

This is great worlwide organization covering issues such as the effects of dams on rivers which many other groups are not doing. They work around the world in Developing nations as well as industrial nations. They have very good information and wage advocacy campaigns to save these important resources.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Very good organization. To the point, effective. Good communicators and I believe good results. I will continue to support International Rivers, both through donations and online activism.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Great cause, great people, great results. Works effectively at the intersection of human rights and environmental sustainability. Community organizing with a global impact.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The ideal non-profit aims to empower the underdog- the marginalized, those who have no voice- to fight for their own interests. I have come across few organizations who do this better than IR. Those most affected by dams are those who still depend on rivers for their livelihood, and the insensitive corporate machine gives less credence to their opinions and needs because of their lifestyle. IR ensures that these people are not quietly displaced- the organization gives them a voice and ensures that governments and companies are aware of the global, ardent moral support that they have. I will continue to support IR in any way that I can, and hope that many others follow.

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Donor

Rating: 5

great org ,get alot heads up about issues in that part of the world you don`t hear too much about as well as good work conserving watersheds which protect a whole bunch of species.

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Donor

Rating: 5

IRN is a cutting edge non-profit. I think they do a really good job as a relativly small organization making a big impact. I commend their efforts to translate documents and resources into other languages, especially non-Western languages. They continue to support grassroots efforts to improve water management around the world without reinforcing historical relationships of imperialism.