• Jan 24, 2018

    Starting Up Successfully

    Our board chair, Kathleen Kelly Janus, recently published a book titled, “Social Startup Success,” on how successful, change-minded entrepreneurs scale and sustain their ideas in order to fill market and social gaps and change the world. We have been fortunate to have Kathleen as a part of our leadership from the beginning. She’s sharing many of the insights we’ve benefitted from in her new book.
  • Dec 19, 2017

    Open Letter to Salvador Alejandro Menéndez García, Mayor of San Luis Talpa, El Salvador

    Today, representatives of the communities of Fontibón in Bogotá, Colombia wrote an open letter to the mayor of San Luis de Talpa in El Salvador where an airport expansion project is underway. The residents of Fontibón live adjacent to the El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá, which was expanded through investment by the Inter-American Development Bank.
  • Dec 14, 2017

    Accountability Counsel Welcomes Silicon Valley Innovative Leader Paru Yusuf to Board of Directors

    San Francisco – Accountability Counsel, a legal organization that advocates for people harmed by internationally financed projects, today announced that Paru Yusuf, a strategist and advisor on education, youth development, economic empowerment and innovative social venture models, will join the organization’s board of directors.
  • Dec 12, 2017

    Welcome to our Africa Director Emilia Siwingwa!

    Accountability Counsel is proud to welcome our new Africa Director, Emilia Siwingwa. She will be working to create our Africa regional office so we can continue to serve communities seeking justice for harm by internationally financed projects in African countries.
  • Dec 7, 2017

    Accountability Counsel’s Year in Review

    We’re excited to share our annual report with important milestones – made possible by our incredible supporters. This year we courageously advocated for dignity and justice for our thousands of clients around the world.
  • Dec 5, 2017

    Advocating for Corporate Accountability at the United Nations

    Accountability Counsel advocated for improved accountability for corporations at the 2017 United Nations in Geneva during the annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in late November. In line with this year’s theme “Realizing Access to Effective Remedy,” our team participated in panels and discussions to demonstrate the obstacles communities face as they seek justice and tangible remedy for abuse they have suffered at the hands of corporations and their international financiers.
  • Nov 29, 2017

    Dismiss Intimidation, Not Civil Protests

    On November 28, Greenpeace, BankTrack and other civil society organizations that supported the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe during their protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline, filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought against them by pipeline builder Energy Transfer Partners. The court should dismiss this case, especially in light of recent reports that Energy Transfer hired an outside firm to build the case against the groups standing with the tribe.
  • Nov 27, 2017

    Are National Contact Points Improving Through Peer Review?

    As corporate accountability organizations, one of our most important goals is to ensure that the offices that facilitate access to remedy for those harmed by corporations continue to grow and develop.
  • Nov 22, 2017

    Accountability Counsel Statement on Imrana Jalal Appointment to Inspection Panel

    As advocates for people who seek justice through independent accountability mechanisms, Accountability Counsel is pleased to see the World Bank Inspection Panel has announced that Imrana Jalal will fill the opening on the panel left by Dr. Zeinab Bashir El Bakri after the completion of her term earlier this year. We welcome…
  • Nov 6, 2017

    Assam Tea Plantations: Advocates Deliver 67,000 Signatures to World Bank Group

    On November 6, 2017, Accountability Counsel, together with Human Rights Watch, PAJHRA, PAD, and Nazdeek, delivered a Care2 petition with more than 67,000 signatures to the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank’s private sector arm. The petition calls on the IFC to fulfill its commitment to protect workers through its investment…
  • Oct 18, 2017

    What Partnering with Communities Teaches Us About Civic Tech: The World Bank Group’s “Barriers and Accountability” Opportunity

    The bank’s strategy rightly notes that civic engagement outcomes are “highly context-specific and sensitive to governments’ and citizens’ capacity and willingness to engage, as well as to social, political, economic, environmental, cultural, geographic, and other factors, such as gender dynamics.” When it comes to civic tech, there are often multiple barriers to meaningful engagement.
  • Sep 27, 2017

    Time to Unleash the Power of the U.S. National Contact Point

    The United States National Contact Point (U.S. NCP) is meant to act as a complaint mechanism where people harmed by American companies’ activities and operations can bring grievances. Each member country adhering to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (OECD Guidelines) is required to have an NCP office to further the effectiveness of the OECD Guidelines. As part of fulfilling this duty, the U.S. NCP handles complaints about alleged breaches of the OECD Guidelines and provides a platform for mediation of disputes.
  • Sep 15, 2017

    NGOs Call for Strengthening Executive Branch Oversight, Public Participation in Foreign Assistance through Agency Reform Process

    It is essential that any reorganization or reform of the executive branch strengthens these oversight functions and affirms the longstanding U.S. commitment to the principles of transparency, accountability, and development effectiveness.
  • Aug 30, 2017

    Accountability: a public good worth the investment

    Development finance institutions (DFIs)—from multilateral development banks to national agencies—are soul searching. These institutions understand that the Sustainable Development Goals cannot be achieved with public funds alone. Increasingly, private finance is driving infrastructure development, financial inclusion of the poor, public health innovation, and more. In response, DFIs’ leaders speak of mobilizing capital and leveraging their institutions’ expertise to remain relevant.
  • Aug 27, 2017

    At Plantation General Meeting CSOs Call Out World Bank for Broken Promises

    Today, civil society groups supporting tea workers in the Indian state of Assam held a press conference in Kolkata, hours before the board of World Bank-financed tea plantation, Amalgamated Plantations Private Limited (APPL), was set to meet for its annual general meeting.
  • Aug 16, 2017

    There’s Only One Side: Stand for Human Dignity

    Today in the United States defenders of human rights have to state the obvious. It is not acceptable to remain silent when the president of the United States validates white supremacists. So we speak up against hatred, bigotry, racism, and anti-Semitism. We act against hatred in our daily work as…
  • Jul 19, 2017

    Where in the World is Accountability Counsel?

    To best advocate for people harmed by internationally financed projects, we engage with stakeholders at all stages of the development process. This ranges from on-the-ground strategy sessions with communities that are impacted by projects, to advocacy meetings with development finance institutions, and everywhere in between. We travel the globe to ensure that these institutions respect the human and environmental rights of the communities affected by their investments and that their independent accountability mechanisms facilitate meaningful solutions for these communities.
  • Jul 11, 2017

    To Be an “Honest Broker” in Nepal, the World Bank Must Be Fully Honest

    Ms. Shakti Sahanubhuti – name changed to protect identity – is a proud Indigenous landholder from Sindhuli district in central Nepal. She and her community – including Indigenous peoples, Dalits, women and other marginalized groups – are concerned about the health, safety, and economic impacts of the World Bank funded Khimti Dhalkebar Transmission Line (KDTL), implemented by the Government-run Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA). After significant delays, the KDTL project became operational earlier this year, but community concerns about the project remain unaddressed.
  • Jul 5, 2017

    Advancing and Strengthening the OECD National Contact Point Peer Review Process

    The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR), Accountability Counsel, and OECD Watch are pleased to announce the launch of a new project: Advancing and Strengthening the OECD NCP Peer Review Process.
  • Jun 30, 2017

    Securing the Future: Rio Tinto Mine Commitments to Mongolian Herders

    Nomadic herders in the South Gobi Desert of Mongolia have lived a traditional lifestyle that Mongolians have practiced since the time of Genghis Khan. This traditional livelihood was threatened when the Oyu Tolgoi gold and copper mine secured an underground expansion plan with $4 billion worth of investments from 20 financiers, including the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Multilateral Insurance Guarantee Agency (MIGA).