• 2 August 2021

    What Do We Know About Unknown Complaints?

    By Marisa Lenci, Accountability Counsel
    What are “unknown complaints,” and why are there so many of them? Research Associate Marisa Lenci explores why over two hundred complaints appear to have almost no information associated with them, where they come from, and what they mean for transparency and accountability.
  • 29 July 2021

    Impact Investors Recognize that Accountability Mechanisms Help Manage Unintended Impacts

    By Margaux Day, Accountability Counsel
    Last year, Accountability Counsel reviewed the first set of disclosures from investors who signed onto the Operating Principles for Impact Investment to see who reported having an accountability mechanism to measure unintended investment impact. We’ve undertaken that analysis again this year and see an increase in the number of Signatories…
  • 22 July 2021

    AC Hosts Training for Grievance Mechanisms on Ensuring Access and Safety for Communities

    By Accountability Counsel
    Over the past over 25 years, the options for communities seeking accountability and redress for negative impacts from internationally financed projects outside of the judicial system have steadily increased. There are now dozens of non-judicial grievance mechanisms housed at the institutions that finance these projects, and the number of these…
  • 19 July 2021

    New Board Guidelines at the Green Climate Fund Codify Governance of Environmental & Social Accountability

    By Gregory Berry
    In July 2021, the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) adopted guidelines for how the Board responds to findings of its accountability office, the Independent Redress Mechanism (IRM). By clarifying how the GCF Board engages with IRM findings, the guidelines affirm the importance of Board responsiveness and transparency in managing environmental and social issues.
  • 19 July 2021

    Civil Society Organizations Comment on MICI Evaluation, Call For Effective Implementation

    By Accountability Counsel
    This month, Accountability Counsel and partners published a civil society response to an evaluation of the Inter-American Development Bank’s independent accountability mechanism, the Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism (MICI). Our response focuses on how to best implement the evaluation’s recommendations so that communities harmed by IDB Group projects have an effective way to seek justice.
  • 8 July 2021

    Complaint to the World Bank highlights impacts of forced eviction during COVID-19 lockdowns

    By Accountability Counsel & Witness Radio
    Community members in Kawaala Zone II in Kampala, Uganda have filed a complaint to the World Bank’s Inspection Panel following attempts to evict them from their homes and farmland without adequate compensation to make way for the Lubigi drainage channel expansion.
  • 7 July 2021

    New CAO Policy Comes Into Effect

    By Margaux Day, Accountability Counsel
    The International Finance Corporation’s and Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency’s accountability mechanism, the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman, has a new policy that governs its process for addressing complaints from communities alleging harms caused by IFC and MIGA projects. The new policy is the first major outcome of a nearly year-long process to…
  • 4 July 2021

    How to Compare Independent Accountability Mechanisms on the Console

    By Samer Araabi, Accountability Counsel
    To support communities through the complaint process and as an ongoing knowledge sharing effort, the Accountability Console hosts information on all IAMs in a searchable database that links to complaints filed, IAM policy documents, projects about which complaints are filed, and other relevant information that communities and their advocates can use.
  • 7 June 2021

    Haiti: Human Rights Defender Milostène Castin in Danger

    By Accountability Counsel & Amnesty International
    (Français ci-dessous) Milostène Castin has dedicated his life to the protection of smallholder Haitian farmers from exclusion, marginalization, and abuse. He was instrumental in bringing the concerns of hundreds of families displaced by the Caracol Industrial Park to international attention, supporting them to successfully demand remedy for the harm they…
  • 7 June 2021

    Analyzing Environmental Impacts Across Development Sectors

    By Belén Carriedo, Accountability Counsel Policy Fellow
    An analysis of complaints filed to all IAMs shows how even well-designed projects intending to alleviate poverty can lead to adverse impacts on the environment, biodiversity, access to water, and increased pollution. A critical way to understand and address unintended environmental harms is to hear from communities living near and working at project sites.
  • 3 May 2021

    Evaluation of MICI Effectiveness Published

    By Accountability Counsel
    The Inter-American Development Bank’s Office of Evaluation recently published its evaluation report of the Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism, the bank’s independent accountability mechanism.
  • 1 May 2021

    Understanding Community Harm Part 1: Consultation, Disclosure, and Due Diligence

    By Piper Goeking, Accountability Counsel Research Intern
    Part 1 of a series exploring the issues raised in community-driven complaints to Independent Accountability Mechanisms (IAMs) as captured on the Console, with analysis of how to understand, interpret, and compare the data.
  • 22 April 2021

    Nepal Indigenous communities vindicated in rare European human rights victory

    By FPIC & Rights Forum, LAHURNIP, Accountability Counsel
    KATHMANDU, 23 April 2021 – Indigenous Peoples and local communities in Nepal are celebrating a hard-fought victory following a landmark investigation published yesterday, which found that the European Investment Bank (EIB) must take urgent steps to uphold their right to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) in its funding of…
  • 12 April 2021

    Accountability Counsel Contributes to UN Thematic Report on Climate Investment and the Right to Development

    By Bamisope Adeyanju, Accountability Counsel Policy Fellow
    The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Development (UNSR), Mr. Saad Alfarargi, is currently preparing his 2021 report to the UN General Assembly and the UN Human Rights Council on the theme of Climate change-related policies and projects from a right to development perspective. Accountability Counsel has contributed to this forthcoming report by submitting a comment letter that highlights the important nexus between climate investment, accountability, and the right to development, and discusses how to ensure that projects aimed at fighting the climate crisis do not negatively impact vulnerable communities.
  • 5 April 2021

    Uncovering and Evaluating Accountability “Dark Spots”

    By Sara Lowe, Accountability Counsel Research Intern
    Why are investment flows in the Middle East and North Africa not being matched with commensurate community complaints? And what does this tell us about communities’ ability to access remedy in these “dark spots”?  
  • 5 April 2021

    How to Compare IAM Policies with the Benchmark Reports Feature

    By Marisa Lenci, Accountability Counsel
    Understanding how policies and operating procedures vary at different IAMs is a critical component of accessing the mechanisms for communities, and of informing advocacy for best practices at IAMs. The IAM Benchmark Report feature allows users to view and compare policies across mechanisms, and provides insights into how particular policies influence complaint outcomes.
  • 26 March 2021

    Standing With Asian American / Pacific Islander (AAPI) Communities Against Hate

    By Accountability Counsel
    At Accountability Counsel, we stand with our allies in community-driven movements for justice. Today, Accountability Counsel joined a statement from our allies at Asian Americans Advancing Justice articulating a vision for a Community-Centered Response to Violence Against Asian American Communities.
  • 17 March 2021

    A Step Towards Making ESG Commitments Matter: New Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics Require Communities’ Input

    By Gregory Berry and Belén Carriedo, Accountability Counsel
    The new Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics, a product of a World Economic Forum and International Business Council initiative, are a voluntary set of ESG metrics that companies can use to guide environmental, social, and governance (ESG) reporting and measuring contributions towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Earlier this year, more than 60 companies took an important step in the right direction by committing to the Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics, including metrics that integrate the need for direct community feedback and effective grievance mechanisms to ascertain risks and respond to unintended impacts.
  • 3 March 2021

    Decolonizing Development Requires A Commitment to Accountability

    By Stephanie Amoako and Robi Chacha Mosenda, Accountability Counsel
    In a recent op-ed, Foreign Aid is Having A Reckoning, the Editorial Board of The New York Times highlighted discussions happening around the world, and in Africa in particular, about the need to “decolonize” development and center decision-making in the hands of local communities. From our experience working with communities in Africa and across the globe, we know that accountability to communities impacted by development projects is one crucial component of community-led development.
  • 1 March 2021

    The Eligibility Bottleneck

    By Marisa Lenci and Olivia Manes, Accountability Counsel
    Understanding the reasons why complaints fail to advance beyond preliminary stages allows visibility into the system of accountability in international finance, and helps us evaluate how IAMs are functioning as sources of redress for communities facing harm.