Peoples' Forum Against ADB
The ADB is holding its 39th Annual Governors’ Meeting (AGM) from 3-6 May 2006 in Hyderabad in the State of Andhra Pradesh in southern India. The Governors are the highest level of decision makers in the ADB. Appointed by the ADB member countries, they are high-ranking national officials such as Finance Ministers or Secretaries of National Treasuries. The current Chair of the AGM is Indian Finance Minister P Chidambaram. Since 2000, peoples’ movements, communities affected by the ADB projects, progressive academics, intellectuals, labour unions, activists and NGOs have used this opportunity to successfully mobilise themselves at the AGM venues and protest against the institution and its development policies.
In 2000 and 2001, the ADB was shocked by the intensity of protests and strong messages sent to the ADB by peoples’ movements in Thailand and the US. The last AGM was in Turkey in 2005 where local movements and organisations lent great support to the project affected and protest organisations that gathered for the AGM.
In 2006, the eyes of the movements and struggles in Asia will be on Hyderabad and India. Peoples’ struggles against destructive development and oppressive economic and political structures are legendary in India and particularly in Andhra Pradesh. Andhra Pradesh does not have any ADB supported projects, but it is already a victim of the World Bank conditionalities – the power sector workers, the road transport workers, the displaced tribals and the rural poor. In the recent past, the people of Hyderabad and Andhra Pradesh gave a befitting reply to the Chandrababu Naidu Government that tried to foist a World Bank dictated reform agenda. Thousands have marched in the streets of the city calling for a rejection of the World Bank’s AP economic restructuring loans. The Government that refused to listen to its people was comprehensively voted out of power. The present Government, unfortunately, continues on the same path, eager to bring in foreign investment at any cost.
The Hyderabad AGM offers us the opportunity to work with the groups in Andhra Pradesh; movements, communities, organisations and activists in India and across Asia should come together and raise a collective and unified voice against neo-liberalism. Whether through World Bank or ADB projects, the net impacts on communities and societies are the same, especially on the rural and urban poor, vulnerable and the marginalised, the workers, dalits, tribals, women, peasants, fishworkers, hawkers and slum dwellers.
Come May 2006, let us give the ADB, the World Bank and all the other corporates who covet India’s resources and wealth, encroach upon the sovereignty of countries across the globe and in Asia, a unified message:
Enough is Enough!
No to ADB, World Bank and the marauding corporates!
Governments listen to the voices of the peoples!
The Peoples’ Forum against ADB comprises of the following groups from India and Asia:
National Alliance of Peoples Movements, Narmada Bachao Andolan, Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (APMMD), Freedom from Debt Coalition, Philippines Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM), Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS), Equations, Nadi Ghati Morcha, River Basin Friends, Environment Support Group, ADB Quit Kerala Campaign, INSAF, CORE, Urban Research Centre, Focus on the Global South, Citizens Concern for Dams & Development, Delhi Forum, Samata, National Forum of Forest People & Forest Workers, mines minerals & People, Shaheen Centre, Consumer Protection Forum, Water Initiatives, Consumer Protection Forum, Civil Society Initiative on IFIs (NE), DICE Foundation (Foundation for Dialogues on Indigenous Culture & Environment), Intercultural Resources, NGO Task Force on ADB, Nagarika Hitharakshana Samithi, Balakedarara Hitharakshana Vedike, Anikethana Trust, India Centre for Human Rights and Law (ICHRL), Palni Hills Conservation Council, National Fishworkers Forum, Polavaram Project Andolana Samithi, Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights, Movement Against Uranium Projects, Centre for Environment Concerns, Aman Vedika, ITDS, Peoples Alliance Central East India, Japan Centre for a Sustainable Environment and Society (JACSES), Center for Economic Justice, PAIRVI, Jharkhand Jangal Bachao Andolan, Bureau for Human Rights, Adivasi Mukthi Sangathan, Peoples Movement in Subansiri Valley, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samithi, Arunachal Citizens Rights, Indigenous/Tribal Peoples Development Center, Rural Volunteers Centre, Human Rights Tamil Nadu Initiative,Parisava Badokidara Vedika, Human Rights Law Network, SAKSHI Human Rights Watch, Chatri, Jharkand Labour Union, Dalit Women Forum, National Hawkers Federation, Net Work of Persons with Disabilities Organisation (NPDO), Lok Raj Sangathan, Consumer Protection Council, Manthan Adhyayan Kendra, South Asia Network of Dams, Rivers & People, Grassroot Options, FIMCOTN, Dwarf People’s Organisation, Chatri, New Trade Union Initiative, SEVA, SABALA, National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights, Women’s Collective, Bangla Praxis, Nagarik Udyog, Corporate Accountability Desk of The Other Media, Chasma Lok Sath, National Centre for Advocacy Studies, Open Space, Peoples Voice, Gangpur Adivasi Forum, Dalit Mukti Morcha, Plachimada Solidarity Committee, Pani Committee, Kaselu Palu Group (PNG), Uttaran, AOSED, Save Chara River Campaign, Gono Udyog Forum, Green Movement of Sri Lanka
NGO Forum on ADB (Philippines), Samata (Hyderabad, India), INSAF-Indian Social Action Forum (India), Focus on Global South (International), National Alliance for Peoples Movements (NAPM-India)), National Hawkers Federation (India), Sehar Vikas Manch (India), Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (APMMD), Civil Society Initiative on IFIs (North-East, India), National Forum of Forest People & Forest Workers (NFFPFW-India), National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR-India), National Fishworkers Forum (NFF-India), Nadi Ghati Morcha (India), Urban Research Centre (Bangalore, India), Adivasi Mukti Sanghatan.