Community Resource Exchange

TCI is proud to partner with the Community Resource Exchange (CRE), a nascent system designed to facilitate collaborations and co-develop strategies with and among communities defending their rights in the context of international investments and development projects.

The CRE works at the direction of communities and their partners, to coordinate linkages and collaborations with potential allies, exchange of information and resources, cross-learning among communities leading similar struggles, and access to small grants.  Key strategy areas of the CRE collaborations include advocacy, community organizing, media and campaigning, financial research and power mapping, scientific and technical analysis of project impacts, security support for human rights defenders, and court and complaint processes to seek remedy.

The CRE was developed through a two-and-a-half-year participatory process, involving online surveys, in-depth interviews and focus-group discussions with approximately 400 people from grassroots organizations, Indigenous Peoples-led groups, and organizations working at the local, regional, and international levels.

TCI’s partnership helped seed the three-year pilot of the CRE, which launches this year, being hosted by the Coalition for Human Rights in Development, a global coalition of social movements, civil society organizations, and grassroots groups working together to ensure that development is community-led and that it respects, protects, and fulfills human rights.