We support communities to use their own power to demand
justice on equal footing with corporations and institutions.
We use the lessons from our community work to create
policy change to prevent future harm.
Making Rules Matter
We accompany communities as they hold corporations
and institutions to the global rules meant to protect their rights.
Exposing Patterns Through Data
We track and analyze how accountability offices
function to enable informed advocacy toward best practice.
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.
Our impact includes redesigned projects that now reflect community needs, harm stopped and prevented to defend water resources, and agreements resulting in compensation.
We advocate for the world's 66 accountability offices to be independent, transparent, fair, and effective. We have improved policy and practice at development institutions, U.N. agencies, and within the OECD.
We created and run the Accountability Console, a comprehensive database of community complaints filed with independent accountability mechanisms about the impacts of internationally financed projects.
18 May, 2022Greenwashing – money that purports to address climate change but doesn’t, or even does the opposite – is nefarious because it is easily hidden, and therefore hard for investors and the average climate conscious consumer to address. But community-driven accountability tools exist that can prevent greenwashing, and it’s urgent that investors demand that they become common practice in a hundred trillion dollar industry that is scaling up with private sector support to address our climate crisis.
18 May, 2022The still developing scandal at the United Nations Office for Project Services highlights what many of us in the development finance and impact-investing sectors already know: A lack of accountability and good governance inevitably leads to systemic abuse.
16 May, 2022
The European Investment Bank must walk the talk and uphold its zero-tolerance policy on reprisals against communities in Lamjung District, NepalMembers of FPIC and Rights Forum, a network of Indigenous and local communities who have been affected by the development of a transmission line project in Lamjung District, Nepal, demand that the European Investment Bank stop turning a blind eye to human rights violations associated with the project and follow through with its commitments on protection and sustainable development.
9 May, 2022Investors and project planners must take cautionary measures when executing climate mitigation and clean energy projects to prevent adverse effects on Indigenous and other local communities, Accountability Counsel says. Yet during many of these projects’ planning phases, there is frequently a lack of local community engagement, a dearth of educational awareness and a failure to provide sufficient security.
4 May, 2022The World Bank is reviewing a complaint by two Cambodian human rights groups alleging that microlenders backed by the development bank’s financing arm have engaged in predatory debt-collection practices, including pressuring borrowers to sell their land.