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.


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    15 April, 2024

    Creating and Holding Space: Participating in Development Bank Meetings

    By Gregory Berry, Accountability Counsel
    Dialogue is essential to inclusive development. The social license to operate in a given community depends on it. To be certain, creating intentional spaces to reflect on the actual experiences of project-impacted communities serves sustainability and continued improvement of impact. If Multilateral Development Banks and other institutions truly want to make their annual or biannual gatherings inclusive and hear from those most affected by the decisions made by these institutions, they must create more opportunities for civil society to engage with bank leadership during these meetings and remove restrictions and barriers to civil society participation. 
  • 12 April, 2024

    Why IFC resists directly compensating people harmed by its projects

    By Sophie Edwards, Devex
    After the Bridge sexual abuse scandal, advocates clamored for the International Finance Corporation to compensate victims. But some experts say it’s not that simple.
  • 9 April, 2024

    “We are seeking community-led accountability:” Interview with Accountability Counsel’s Margaux Day

    By Jennine Meyer, Accountability Matters
    A lawyer and a well-known figure in the field of accountability, Margaux Day became Accountability Counsel’s Executive Director in February 2024. She is now charting an ambitious course to fulfill Accountability Counsel’s aim to advocate for people harmed by internationally financed projects as they seek justice.
  • 2 April, 2024

    The State of Remedy at the EBRD

    By Megan Pearson, Accountability Counsel
    With the release of the new draft Environmental and Social Policy, we look at outcomes data to evaluate whether remedy has been provided when its financed projects cause environmental or social harm.
  • 2 April, 2024

    External Investigation Into Alleged IFC Cover-Up Must Be Robust and Transparent

    By Accountability Counsel, Gender Action, Inclusive Development International, Center for International Environmental Law, and Urgewald
    On March 13, 2024, World Bank Group (WBG) President Ajay Banga announced an external investigation of allegations of interference in the IFC Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) process as relates to IFC’s investments in Bridge International Academies. As the World Bank Group moves forward with this investigation, it is important that it is independent and thorough.
  • 26 March, 2024

    US DFC calls for probe of Bridge schools investment

    By Adva Saldinger, Devex
    The inquiry comes after the International Finance Corporation’s internal watchdog investigation into reports of sexual abuse at Bridge schools found that the World Bank’s private sector arm had failed on multiple counts.

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