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.


  • 23 May, 2024

    Joint Statement on World Bank Probe into Alleged Bridge Academies Child Sexual Abuse Cover-up

    By Accountability Counsel, Inclusive Development International, Center for International Environmental Law, and Urgewald
    We welcome the World Bank Board’s initiative in moving forward with the external investigation of the alleged Bridge Academies cover-up. However, the Bank’s press release sends mixed messages.
  • 14 May, 2024

    Give and Take: Independent Accountability Mechanisms and their Relationship to Transnational Law

    By Ishita Chakrabarty and Radhika Goyal, Accountability Counsel
    Independent accountability mechanisms are a necessity in the field of international development finance where investments have far reaching consequences on the environmental, social, and human rights of already marginalized communities and domestic legal avenues to seek redress remain effectively shut.
  • 8 May, 2024

    The EBRD in Armenia: Lessons for Responsible Exit and Remedy

    By Lama Almoayed, Accountability Counsel
    As Accountability Counsel prepares for the annual meeting of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in Yerevan, Armenia, we highlight the sobering story of one of the EBRD’s most contentious projects in the country – the Amulsar Gold Mine. This project serves as a reminder of  what can go wrong when investment happens without adequate preparation for remediating negative impacts on local communities. As the EBRD revises the Environmental and Social Policy (ESP) that governs its operations, it must commit to remediating harmful impacts and develop a plan for responsibly divesting from projects.
  • 7 May, 2024

    Upholding Banks’ Biodiversity Responsibilities

    By Gregory Berry, Accountability Counsel
    A deep dive into the use of independent accountability mechanisms to ensure nature-positive and rights-compatible development in the pursuit of biodiversity protection and ecosystem restoration.
  • 2 May, 2024

    Road to Reprisal: U.S. Agency Fired Congo Whistleblower

    By Nick Schwellenbach, Project on Government Oversight
    Retaliation claims highlight human rights and environmental risks and tensions in an agency at the forefront of U.S.-China rivalry in Africa.

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