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.
We assist communities to effectively use accountability offices to remedy and prevent harm caused by internationally financed projects.
We advocate for accountability offices that are accessible, independent, transparent, fair, and effective tools for justice.
We provide trainings and tools, conduct research, and track trends within the accountability field to foster the global movement.
Why We Are Needed
The very projects meant to lift people out of poverty often have the opposite impact. These projects, such as dams, mines, and oil pipelines are notorious for environmental and human rights abuses, including forced displacement of indigenous people, poisoned rivers used for drinking water, and sexual abuse of women and girls by foreign workers.
The millions of people a year who suffer these types of abuses have few options for recourse. Those who most need access to justice are the ones facing the greatest barriers to information, have the least political power and the fewest financial resources, and lack the professional support required to seek it. Accountability Counsel exists to bridge these barriers for communities and create accountability in development finance resulting in systemic change. Accountability Counsel works to hold nearly $12 trillion a year accountable to global human rights and environmental standards.
Who We Are
We are a global team working from four regions divided equally between the Global South and North. Headquartered in San Francisco, California, we have an office in Washington, D.C., and have regional presences in South Asia and Africa. We partner with organizations and communities around the world.
Natalie Bridgeman Fields founded Accountability Counsel to continue more than a decade of her work toward environmental and human rights accountability in international finance and development through trainings, claim support, and policy advocacy. Accountability Counsel’s status as a nonprofit organization began in September 2009, after Natalie received an Echoing Green Fellowship to support the organization’s founding.