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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  • 18 May, 2022

    Climate Finance Greenwashing Is Happening: We Have Tools to Prevent It, But Need Adoption At Scale

    By Natalie Bridgeman Fields, Accountability Counsel
    Greenwashing – 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, 2022

    Opinion: UNOPS probe shows need for impact-investing accountability

    By Natalie Bridgeman Fields, Accountability Counsel
    The 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, Nepal

    By FPIC & Rights Forum, LAHURNIP, and Accountability Counsel
    Members 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, 2022

    Clean Energy Mustn’t Scale at the Expense of the World’s Indigenous People

    By Rasha Rehman, Triple Pundit
    Investors 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, 2022

    World Bank Reviews Alleged Abuses by Cambodian Microlenders

    By Gavin Finch and David Kocieniewski, Bloomberg
    The 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.

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