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 maintain the Accountability Console, a comprehensive database of community complaints filed with independent accountability mechanisms about the impacts of internationally financed projects.
17 May, 2023
ADB safeguards policy update must prioritise people and the planet, says NGO Forum on ADBAs the Asian Development Bank (ADB) commemorates its 56th year of operations in Asia, the NGO Forum on ADB and its allies raised concerns about the potential dilution of key safeguard commitments.
15 May, 2023
World Bank project complaints plagued by fear of reprisalComplainants coming forward are seeing their communities being uprooted to make way for things like new roads, dams, and power plants. They are often powerless compared to those who have a financial stake in the projects’ success, and many face harsh retaliation for speaking out.
11 May, 2023
AfDB’s New Safeguards Are Improved, but Fall Short on RemedyThe African Development Bank has released the final version of its updated Integrated Safeguards System (ISS). If well implemented, the new safeguards could go a long way in preventing harm to communities. However, the policy still does not guarantee remedy for harms that do occur.
1 May, 2023
Out of Sight, Out of Mind: How Financial Intermediaries Obscure Accountability for Community HarmVarious transparency and accountability challenges arise when development finance institutions use financial intermediaries, such as national and regional banks, without proper safeguards.
13 April, 2023
Thousands of Individuals Urge the International Finance Corporation to Guarantee Justice for Communities Harmed by Development ProjectsThis week, 4,577 individuals from around the world demanded that the International Finance Corporation guarantee justice for communities harmed by international development projects.