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International Rivers Network dba International Rivers
April 29, 2009

International Rivers takes on giant entities— national governments and international agencies such as the World Bank— and, with a tiny fraction of their adversaries' financial resources, often succeeds in stopping their ill-advised plans for dams. With fewer than 40% of the world's river systems still undammed, the planet needs International Rivers to do its work.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

India, where it helped force the World Bank to pull out of a dam project, the first time the Bank had ever withdrawn from a project it previously supported.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do my best to publicize dams' many disastrous effects, as International Rivers does now.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that its staff was extremely well-informed, and the information it provided me was sophisticated and truthful.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

knowledgeable and supremely dedicated to the cause of saving rivers.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

far more effectively protect rivers around the world.

Ways to make it better...

International Rivers had done more to publicize my book! But as this is not IR's chief mission, I can't blame them for this.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

its small resources compared to those of the groups it opposes.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the people who do work for NGOs like International Rivers do so despite low pay and paltry recognition. They work out of care for victimized people and ecosystems.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & I wrote a book about dams around the world, with invaluable assistance from International Rivers.