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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  • 22 November, 2019

    Press Release: Investors in Nepal’s hydropower sector should follow international best practice to address concerns of local communities and Indigenous Peoples

    By Accountability Counsel and Lawyers' Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP)
    Discussions taking place at this week’s Power Summit must focus on addressing the concerns of project-affected communities and Indigenous Peoples on whose lands hydropower and transmission line projects will be built, said Accountability Counsel and Lawyers’ Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP) today. The Power Summit 2019, organized by the Independent Power Producers Association of Nepal, is being held from November 21 – 22 in Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • 18 November, 2019

    New complaints database aims to strengthen accountability in development

    By Catherine Cheney, Devex
    The complaints that communities file to development agencies provide valuable lessons to prevent future harm. Now, for the first time, these complaints will not remain in the accountability offices where they were filed, or in an Excel spreadsheet accessible only to the accountability staff, but rather in an online database. Last week, Accountability Counsel launched a database that includes every complaint ever filed to the independent accountability mechanisms of bilateral and multilateral development finance institutions.
  • 14 November, 2019

    Introducing the Accountability Console: A Database of Human Rights and Environmental Grievances

    By Natalie Bridgeman Fields, Accountability Counsel
    Today we are thrilled to share our new tool, the Accountability Console, with the world. After years in the making and as a result of community-driven demand, this tool provides communities, investors, policy-makers, and researchers with the world’s most comprehensive data on all Independent Accountability Mechanism (IAM) complaints. These complaints…
  • 6 November, 2019

    News of Progress in the Movement to Advance Accountability for Chinese Overseas Finance

    By Natalie Bridgeman Fields and Brian McWalters, Accountability Counsel
    As Chinese commercial banks and state institutions finance projects overseas, communities negatively affected by these projects lack avenues to raise grievances. But this may soon change. In a positive move, a new policy framework released today may shape standards Chinese investments follow and accountability options for local communities.
  • 31 October, 2019

    Calls for IFC to create ‘remedy fund’ to compensate harmed communities

    By Sophie Edwards, Devex
    The World Bank’s private sector arm — the International Finance Corporation — should put a percentage of its profits into a “remedy fund” to compensate communities harmed by IFC-backed projects, accountability advocates have said.

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