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  • 15 November, 2018

    Will the Long-Awaited Bypass Road Pave the Way to Reconciliation?

    By Caitlin Daniel, Accountability Counsel
    Villagers in rural Olyanytsya, in central Ukraine, are hopeful that village life is about to become a lot more bearable. After putting up with intense heavy vehicle traffic from the industrial farming operations of agro-giant Mironivsky Hliboproduct (MHP) for years, the company has finally finished building a bypass road to divert traffic around residential areas. Residents are hopeful that the new bypass will give them some respite from constant dust and smells from passing trucks, growing pot holes and vibrations so strong they have caused cracks in nearby homes. Beyond that, many villagers are still waiting for deeper action to address other ongoing impacts and fears about the air, water and soil pollution from MHP’s industrial farming activities.
  • 14 November, 2018

    Accountability in Development Finance this Week in D.C.

    By Shuen Quek, Accountability Counsel
    This week, Accountability Counsel’s team is in full swing with a packed agenda in Washington, D.C., with a host of events centered around development finance institutions and their independent accountability mechanisms (IAMs). As our work shows, IAMs are crucial as they can provide access to remedy for individuals and communities who have been harmed by internationally financed activities.
  • 13 November, 2018

    Press Release: EIB to Weaken Accountability Mechanism, Despite Civil Society Criticism

    By Counter Balance, Accountability Counsel & CEE Bankwatch Network
    (Brussels, November 13, 2018) – In a step backwards for the EU bank’s transparency and accountability, the Board of Directors of the European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved a controversial new policy of its Complaints Mechanism, a move that will take the bank further away from the communities affected by its operations – say NGOs.
  • 1 November, 2018

    What Jam v. IFC Should Mean to Accountability at the World Bank Group

    By Kindra Mohr, Accountability Counsel
    Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Jam v. International Finance Corporation, a landmark case challenging the World Bank Group’s claim to immunity in a lawsuit brought by Gujarati fishing communities and their lawyers at EarthRights International. As the Supreme Court deliberates, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) is claiming that because the IFC has its own “robust internal accountability mechanism,” it does not need to be sued. This internal mechanism is the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO).
  • 30 October, 2018

    Ramanie Kunanayagam Appointed as Inspection Panel’s Newest Member

    By Shuen Quek, Accountability Counsel
    Today, the World Bank Inspection Panel announced that Ramanie Kunanayagam will be the newest member of the Inspection Panel. As advocates for people who seek justice through independent accountability mechanisms, Accountability Counsel welcomes Kunanayagam into her new role.

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