• 29 November 2016

    #GivingTuesday with Accountability Counsel

    Accountability Counsel is very pleased to be participating in #GivingTuesday, now in its 5th year!  In the spirit of this charitable season, we invite you to make an online contribution or mail your tax-deductible donation to: Accountability Counsel 244 Kearny Street, Floor 6 San Francisco, CA 94108 We greatly appreciate your continued support!
  • 7 November 2016

    Investigation Finds Serious Labour Violations on World Bank Group Owned Tea Plantations in Assam

    Today, the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO), the accountability office of the World Bank Group, released an investigation report on the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) investment in tea plantations in Assam, India, where Accountability Counsel is supporting the complainants: in this case, local NGOs that brought a complaint to the CAO…
  • 3 November 2016

    Accountability Counsel’s Partners Under Attack in Liberia: Stand in Solidarity

    Accountability Counsel’s long-standing partners, Green Advocates, are under attack in Liberia. We are calling for international solidarity to protect and defend the rights of our colleagues and to ensure their safety. We have worked closely with the organization’s leader, Alfred Brownell, and a number of Green Advocates’ staff over the…
  • 3 October 2016

    World Bank Secretly Funding Coal Explosion in Asia Despite President Kim Warning, “We are finished”

    The World Bank Group has secretly funded a coal boom in Asia despite announcing a moratorium on such projects in 2013, according to the results of a new investigation. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has spoken forcefully about the dangers of new coal projects. “If Asia implements the coal-based…
  • 28 September 2016

    Accountability Counsel Presents at Roundtable on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

    On September 17, 2016, Kindra Mohr and Stephanie Amoako represented Accountability Counsel’s policy team at the “OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the Law” roundtable at the George Washington (GW) University Law School. The roundtable, hosted by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), GW Law School, and the…
  • 8 September 2016

    New Video: Preventing Environmental & Human Rights Abuses in Oaxaca, Mexico

    Accountability offices can be powerful tools for communities seeking justice in the face of abuse. In a new video produced with New Media Advocacy Project (N-MAP), Accountability Counsel shows the story of the Cerro de Oro case in Oaxaca, Mexico. This groundbreaking case resulted in communities successfully defending their rights…
  • 3 September 2016

    New Data Report: Mapping Accountability

    Hard data can be an important starting point for conversations about what is working and what is not, in any field. In the growing field of accountability offices for international finance projects, field-wide data remains hard to come by. Accountability Counsel aims to help bridge this gap with our ongoing…
  • 1 September 2016

    Celebrating Seven Years!

    Happy Birthday to us! Accountability Counsel’s Board and Staff celebrate 7 years in operation today.  We are grateful for the support of so many people, from student law fellows, to CSO partners, to funders, who have enabled our success as we serve people to defend their human rights and environment around the world.…
  • 19 August 2016

    World Bank Covers Up Human Rights Abuses in Nepal: Silencing Community Voices

    For nearly a decade now, local communities, including indigenous peoples, affected by the World Bank-funded Khimti-Dhalkebar Transmission Line (KDTL) have been protesting the KDTL project in Nepal’s Sindhuli district. While construction of the transmission line was suspended in Sindhuli for several years, in the past year, authorities have used violence against local people to resume construction by force.
  • 11 August 2016

    ESCR-Net asks Government of Nepal to Respect the Rights of Communities Affected by World Bank Project

    On 10 August, 2016, the International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net) sent a collective letter to the Government of Nepal to express concern regarding the reported and threatened human rights violations in connection with the World Bank-funded Khimti-Dhalkebar 220 kV Transmission Line Project, in the Sindhuli District,…
  • 8 August 2016

    Meet Gabriela Acosta

    Gabriela Acosta lives with her family in one of the areas worst-affected by noise from El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá, Colombia. She suffers grave hearing loss that negatively affects her speech and her academic development. This is her story, told to us by her father: “My name is Julio…
  • 13 July 2016

    The Human Cost of Airports

    When we talk about airports, we don’t often talk about the harm to those living nearby. The families trying to sleep, to talk to one another, to concentrate on their work or study; those suffering severe physical and psychological stress, including hearing loss, cardiovascular disease, and insomnia; and those simply…
  • 7 July 2016

    Open Letter to World Bank President Kim: Development at Gunpoint

    Accountability Counsel along with Lawyers’ Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP) sent an open letter to World Bank President Kim on behalf of communities in the Sindhuli district of Nepal affected by a World Bank-funded Transmission Line Project. In the past year, the situation in Sindhuli has…
  • 1 July 2016

    Comments to the World Bank’s Grievance Redress Service

    On July 1st, Accountability Counsel and 8 partner organizations submitted a comment letter to the World Bank’s Grievance Redress Service (GRS).  The comment urges the World Bank to ensure that the GRS is predictable, transparent, and accessible. In particular, our comments on the GRS Draft Operating Procedures request that the…
  • 16 June 2016

    Accountability Counsel Presents in Workshop of Accountability Mechanism and Civil Society

    Last week, Lani Inverarity represented Accountability Counsel at el Taller Mecanismos de Rendición de Cuentas y Sociedad Civil (Workshop of Accountability Mechanisms and Civil Society) in México City.  The workshop was co-hosted by civil society organizations FUNDAR, el Centro de Colaboración Cívica, and el Grupo Regional sobre Financiamento e Infraestructura,…
  • 15 June 2016

    Accountability Counsel Joins Organizations in Open Letter Calling on Brands to Improve Wages of Tea Workers in Assam

    Accountability Counsel joins civil society organizations concerned about labor rights issues on tea plantations in Assam in signing an open letter to coincide with TEAM UP 2016, a conference on tea and sustainability taking place in London on June 14, 2016. The letter is targeted at brands and retailers purchasing Assam tea and expresses…
  • 13 June 2016

    Welcoming Summer 2016 Law & Policy Fellows, Interns

      Accountability Counsel welcomes our 2016 Law & Policy Fellows and Intern class who will be working with us this summer on our cases and policy initiatives around the world. This experienced group comes to us having previously worked in Mongolia, Guatemala, Mexico and Ghana.
  • 8 June 2016

    Accountability Counsel’s Code of Ethics Now Available for Public View

    Accountability Counsel is pleased to share a Code of Ethics that memorializes an approach our organization has long used toward our work in communities. We worked with a number of our civil society colleagues through the International Advocates Working Group to adapt the language in the Code with permission from the Community…
  • 11 May 2016

    Accountability Counsel Joins Over 300 Organizations in Letter to World Bank President Kim

    Accountability Counsel joins over 300 organizations from around the world in signing an open letter to World Bank’s President Dr. Jim Yong Kim, in response to a statement he made during an event at the Union Theological Seminary in New York. In answering a question about the impacts of large dam projects as illustrated…
  • 29 April 2016

    AC Travels to Nepal to Investigate Violence at Peaceful Protest

    Accountability Counsel team members Komala Ramachandra and Anirudha Nagar just returned from the Sindhuli District in Nepal, where they traveled to investigate the recent violence that erupted April 10th, 2016 as communities peacefully protested a World Bank-funded transmission line project.