"Accountability Counsel amplifies the voices of communities around the world to protect their human rights and environment."

As advocates for people harmed by internationally-financed projects, we employ community driven and policy level strategies to access justice.


We assist communities to defend their rights through complaints to accountability offices tied to projects that cause harm. For example, through complaints requesting dispute resolution and investigations, we have supported communities to prevent abuses in Mexico, compel redesign of a


Accountability Counsel advocates for independent, fair, transparent, accessible and effective accountability offices so that banks, corporations and institutions are held to the norms and standards to which they have agreed.  In just over six years, we have positively influenced accountability policy at every major international financial institution and two U.S. agencies. Our policy work involves accountability mechanisms associated with the following institutions and initiatives:

World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C.


National Agencies

Private Sector Standards/ Corporate Accountability Principles


Charting Trends

Recent Trends in Accountability: Charting the Course of Complaint Offices (2014)

For information about accountability mechanisms not currently covered by Accountability Counsel policy initiatives, please see our Accountability Resource Guide.

We regularly collect data regarding the policies and practices of the World’s accountability offices.

Glass Half Full

Glass Half Full (2016)

Accountability Counsel and 10 of its partners launched, “Glass Half Full? The State of Accountability in Development Finance” at the December 2015 annual meeting of the International Accountability Mechanisms in Paris. This ground-breaking report documents the obstacles that communities and workers must overcome in order to seek recourse from development finance institutions. The report shows data from 758 complaints since 1994 and assesses the extent to which these institutions and their accountability offices are equipped to meaningfully address these complaints. It finds that, even though complainants are better off than they would be in the absence of any complaint procedure, the outcome rarely provides adequate remedy for the harm that people have experienced. It sets forth a range of specific recommendations for improvement so that project-affected people receive the respect and remedy that they deserve. The report was publicly released in January 2016.

Previously, our publication Recent Trends in Accountability: Charting the Course of Complaint Offices, was presented at the annual meeting of the International Accountability Mechanisms in London in 2014.


Our Resources program ensures that our skills and knowledge have a wider reach and deeper collective impact. This program provides concrete tools for our own staff, civil society colleagues, and the people who make up the movement for accountability more broadly.

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