• 17 June 2022

    Understanding Community Harm Part 6: Cultural Heritage

    By Anthony Williams, Accountability Counsel
    Individuals, communities, and NGOs file complaints to international finance institutions (IFIs) for harm caused by IFI-funded development projects. In compiling these complaints into the Accountability Console database, our research team tries to ascertain and categorize the issues or concerns raised for each complaint. Of all these complaints, six percent detail…
  • 8 June 2022

    Accountability Counsel Commends Draft FinDev Canada Accountability Framework and Calls for Additional Accessibility Measures

    By Accountability Counsel
    FinDev Canada, Canada’s development finance institution, recently held consultations on draft procedures for its new independent accountability mechanism. Accountability Counsel provided comments on the document, and commends FinDev Canada for developing a robust accountability framework.
  • 7 June 2022

    AC Calls for New U.S. National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct to Champion Accountability and Remedy

    By Stephanie Amoako and Mireille Becerra, Accountability Counsel
    Accountability Counsel and Inclusive Development International recently submitted recommendations to ensure that accountability and remedy are key components of the revised U.S. National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct.
  • 27 May 2022

    “Stop funding projects exacerbating climate change and human rights violations”

    By #AfDBAM2022 - Accra CSO Statement
    Civil society organizations are calling on the African Development Bank (AfDB) to stop funding projects that exacerbate the climate crisis, damage the environment, and cause human rights violations. This call is being particularly amplified this week as the AfDB is holding its Annual Meetings in Accra, Ghana But communities most affected by the impacts of climate change, and civil society groups supporting them, will not have a seat at the table. Once again, crucial decisions on multi-million-dollar projects affecting their lives will be made without them.
  • 27 May 2022

    « Non au financement des projets aggravant le changement climatique et les violations des droits humains » 

    By #AfDBAM2022 - Accra CSO Statement
    Les organisations de la société civile exhortent la Banque Africaine de Développement (BAD) à mettre fin au financement des projets qui exacerbent le changement climatique, nuisent à l’environnement et causent des violations des droits humains. Cette doléance est réitérée cette semaine lors des Assemblées Annuelles organisées par la banque à Accra, au Ghana.
  • 16 May 2022

    The European Investment Bank must walk the talk and uphold its zero-tolerance policy on reprisals against communities in Lamjung District, Nepal

    By FPIC & Rights Forum, LAHURNIP, and Accountability Counsel
    Members of FPIC and Rights Forum, a network of Indigenous and local communities who have been affected by the development of a transmission line project in Lamjung District, Nepal, demand that the European Investment Bank stop turning a blind eye to human rights violations associated with the project and follow through with its commitments on protection and sustainable development.
  • 2 May 2022

    Understanding Community Harm Part 5: Livelihoods

    By Lama Almoayed, Accountability Counsel
    Nearly one out of five of all complaints filed to accountability offices raise issues related to livelihoods. We use two separate coal power plants based in Gujarat, India and Bargny, Senegal as case studies of how communities fight for the restoration of their livelihoods.
  • 26 April 2022

    Nothing Has Changed About the IFC’s Responsibility to Remedy Harm from Its Projects

    By Accountability Counsel
    Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from Indian fishing communities who sued the International Finance Corporation over environmental and livelihood damage caused by an IFC-financed coal power plant. While the Supreme Court’s decision means that the communities’ legal case in the United States may be over, it does not mean that the IFC can walk away from its responsibility to ensure that harms to this community – and other communities impacted by IFC financing – are effectively remediated.
  • 4 April 2022

    IAM Complaint Stages: Dispute Resolution

    By Marisa Lenci, Accountability Counsel
    Dispute resolution processes can be an opportunity for communities to reach creative solutions to the harm they are facing from development projects. But how often do they result in agreements, and how often do these agreements result in real remedy?
  • 23 March 2022

    Tanzania: Expedite Protections for Girls’ Education

    Tanzania’s pledge to adopt guidelines to ensure that schools ensure adolescent mothers can return to schools by June 2022 is an important turning point for girls’ education, Human Rights Watch and Accountability Counsel said today. On March 8, the Tanzanian government and the World Bank had published their agreement to restructure Tanzania’s Secondary Education Quality Improvement Program (SEQUIP), financed by a US$500 million loan from the World Bank, to adopt new measures to effectively end a school ban against students who are pregnant or are mothers.
  • 22 March 2022

    Congress Pushes for Stronger Accountability for U.S. Government Development Activities: FY 22 Appropriations Round-up

    By Stephanie Amoako, Accountability Counsel
    This month, Congress passed its fiscal year 2022 legislation to fund the government, and in passing this legislation included a call to strengthen accountability for the U.S. government’s development activities abroad. We are pleased to see several of the recommendations that we submitted during the appropriations process incorporated in the explanatory statement and House report accompanying the legislation.
  • 7 March 2022

    Why Do Complaints Take So Long?

    By Samer Araabi, Accountability Counsel
    It takes an average of two years for a complaint to produce outputs. What takes so much time, and how long is too long?
  • 25 February 2022

    EU Due Diligence Proposal Requires Companies to Create Complaints Procedures: What It Means and Why It Matters

    By Gregory Berry, Accountability Counsel
    On February 23, in response to a set of recommendations on “Corporate Due Diligence and Corporate Accountability” adopted by the European Union Parliament a year prior, the European Commission released a proposal for an EU-wide directive on “Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence.” The primary objective of the proposal is to impose due diligence requirements on EU companies to prevent and respond to environmental and social harm. One of the due diligence requirements in the European Commission’s proposal is for companies that meet size and financial turnover prerequisites to establish complaints procedures; investors and accountability advocates alike should embrace this directive.
  • 10 February 2022

    Why DFI Clients Should Tell Communities about Accountability Mechanisms

    By Megan Pearson, Accountability Counsel
    Accessibility is one of the key criteria for an effective accountability mechanism, but people can’t access a mechanism they don’t know exists. Too often, communities harmed by international development finance are not informed about the accountability mechanisms available to address their grievances. One simple but significant way to make accountability…
  • 7 February 2022

    Shadow Eligibility Barriers

    By Samer Araabi, Accountability Counsel
    One in ten complaints meet all eligibility criteria to advance to a substantive stage, but never do. What happens to them?
  • 1 February 2022

    New UN Report Confirms Remedy Gap in Development Finance

    By Margaux Day, Accountability Counsel
    On February 1, 2022, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) published an advance version of Remedy in Development Finance: Guidance and Practice (and launched a final version on February 23*), an expansive and in-depth look at whether development finance institutions (“DFIs”) remedy environmental and…
  • 28 January 2022

    Haitian Farmers Begin Receiving Compensation, Demanding Swift Progress

    By Megumi Tsutsui, Accountability Counsel
    In 2018, we shared groundbreaking news that communities we support in Haiti had reached an historic agreement to remedy harm. After three years of implementation, we are sharing an update tracking both the significant gains and the challenges still to be overcome to ensure that the agreement on paper leads to meaningful changes for the families who were harmed.
  • 13 December 2021

    New Guide For Making Accountability Mechanisms More Effective

    By Accountability Counsel, BIC, CIEL, SOMO, CEMSOJ, Gender Action, Green Advocates International (Liberia), IDI, IAP, Jamaa Resource Initiatives, and Urgewald
    The Good Policy Paper, launched today, assesses current policy provisions at independent accountability mechanisms, identifying best practices and areas for improvement.
  • 6 December 2021

    The State of Complaints

    By Marisa Lenci, Accountability Counsel
    Using the advanced filters, we dig through complaint data to get a sense of what the state of accountability in international finance looks like – from near and far.
  • 30 November 2021

    Addressing COVID-19 and Corporate Accountability in Africa: Readout from the 2021 ACCA General Assembly

    By Robi Chacha Mosenda, Communities Associate, Africa
    On November 24 and 25th, Accountability Counsel joined the African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA) at their 2021 General Assembly (GA) in Pointe-Noire, Republic of the Congo.