• 13 April 2016

    Nepal Arrests and Beats Peaceful Protesters Over World Bank-funded Power Project

    Last week, the government of Nepal indicated that they wanted to restart construction on the World Bank-financed Khimti-Dhalkebar high-voltage transmission line project that had been halted as a result of community complaints. This led to protests by affected communities on April 10, 2016, when about 160 people took part in a peaceful sit-in outside government offices.
  • 8 April 2016

    Supporting Colombian Communities re Harmful Airport Expansion Financed by the Inter-American Development Bank

    Last week, three Accountability Counsel team members traveled to Colombia to support our local partners, community-based organization Comunidades Unidas, during an investigation into their case.
  • 6 April 2016

    World Bank Engagement in Nepal

    In a Bretton Woods Project blog post out this week, Powerless: a call for World Bank community engagement in Nepal, Accountability Counsel’s South Asia Director, Komala Ramachandra, and our Nepali partner at LAHURNIP, Shankar Limbu, argue that the “World Bank has a unique opportunity to remedy its part in numerous safeguard breaches, to prevent future and potentially grave human rights violations in its projects, and to take a leadership role in building positive and inclusive development outcomes in Nepal.”
  • 17 February 2016

    Accountability Counsel Announces Two New Board Members

    Brent comes to us with deep experience in strategy and expertise in growing organizations to scale. Currently a senior member of the Global Partnerships team at Yahoo, Brent is a recognized thought leader in the field of digital media.
  • 10 February 2016

    Water Disputes Persist as Rio Tinto Pushes Ahead with New Mega Mine

    A new report released today by a group of international NGOs including Accountability Counsel finds that Rio Tinto’s new planned mine, situated on the world’s largest undeveloped copper deposit in the Gobi desert of Mongolia, will have big impacts on the land and water resources of some of the last remaining nomadic herder groups.
  • 10 December 2015

    Investigation in IDB-funded Colombia Case Will Move Forward

    This week, the Inter-American Development Bank’s independent accountability office, called MICI, announced that an investigation will move forward of the Bank’s role in severe harm to human health caused by expansion of the El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá, Colombia.
  • 10 December 2015

    Amplifying Voices, Defending Rights: Our Three-Year Report on Impact!

    We are pleased to share our three-year report with you: Amplifying Voices, Defending Rights.  Covering September 2012 to August 2015, we bring your our work in three programs, Communities, Policy, and Resources.  We share our vision, and invite you to meet the people who serve our clients and make Accountability Counsel thrive: our staff, student fellows, pro bono teams, and donors.  We welcome your feedback!
  • 24 November 2015

    OPIC Announces Review of Social and Environmental Policy

    The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a U.S. federal agency, announced a December 9th consultation for civil society on its Environmental and Social Policy Statement.  This consultation comes just as Accountability Counsel has asked OPIC to comment on their implementation of recommendations from the OPIC Office of Accountability following our Liberia case investigation report.  The consultation is the first step in a full revision of the policy, due in large part to the findings from the Liberia case.
  • 29 October 2015

    EBRD Policy Breaches Confirmed at Serbia Coal Mine

    Accountability Counsel supports Bankwatch and local communities on a case involving the highly controversial Kolubara lignite mine.  Last week, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s own independent Project Complaint Mechanism released a report finding violations of the bank’s environmental and social policies when approving a loan related to the Serbian mine.  You can read Bankwatch’s article on the case here.
  • 5 October 2015

    Communities in Lamu, Kenya Object to AfDB’s Role in Planned Coal Power Plant

    Save Lamu, a community-based organization representing over 35 organizations, wrote to the African Development Bank (“AfDB”) demanding that it halt its preparation of a risk guarantee proposal associated with a planned coal power plant in Lamu County, Kenya.
  • 11 August 2015

    Inspection Panel Questions Role for Accountability in World Bank’s Draft Safeguard Policies

    The World Bank’s own Inspection Panel released a statement yesterday questioning the role for accountability in light of the proposed changes to the World Bank’s safeguard policies.  As an example of a loophole the draft policy fails to close, the Panel offers Accountability Counsel’s case related to mining in Haiti, where because of the Bank’s use of a Bank Executed Trust Fund (BETF), the Bank claimed social and environmental rules did not apply.
  • 17 July 2015

    Violations in Nepal Tied to Broader World Bank Resettlement Failures

    The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) released an article today highlighting the World Bank Inspection Panel’s findings of non-compliance in a high-powered transmission line project in Nepal. The findings were a vindication of the complaint filed by local communities living in the transmission line’s path, with support from Accountability Counsel and Nepalese organization LAHURNIP.
  • 15 July 2015

    Report Calls for Reform of OECD Complaint Offices

    A new report analyzing the performance of the OECD’s system of state-based complaint offices found that the system is failing to bring accountability for corporate wrongdoing.
  • 14 July 2015

    Nepali Communities Seek Justice for Violations in World Bank Project

    Last week an independent investigation revealed serious abuses in a World Bank-funded transmission line project in central Nepal. The Khimti-Dhalkebar transmission line runs through indigenous and rural communities, who have been raising concerns about the project for over five years. Though the findings validate community concerns, the World Bank has not committed to correcting the damage caused by its failures in this project.
  • 9 June 2015

    More than 100 Organizations Send a Letter to World Bank President

    Accountability Counsel, along with 106 other civil society organizations, sent President Kim a letter “to urge the World Bank to increase the transparency and accountability of World Bank-funded procurements.” AC and partners hope this letter is the first step towards the World Bank implementing reform and embracing transparency with regard to their procurement activities.
  • 22 May 2015

    Announcing Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Award, Christy Chin As New Board Member

    Accountability Counsel has received a three-year grant from the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation to support the organization’s pioneering work defending environmental and human rights of communities around the world.
  • 24 April 2015

    Accountability Counsel Submits Joint Letter for the U.S. National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct

    Accountability Counsel, the Center for International Environmental Law, and Friends of the Earth (US) sent a letter today to Secretary of State John Kerry as part of the development of the U.S. National Action Plan (NAP) on Responsible Business Conduct.
  • 23 April 2015

    Groundbreaking Litigation Against the World Bank

    Today, Indian fishing communities and farmers represented by EarthRights International filed a lawsuit alleging that the International Finance Corporation (IFC) – the private lending arm of the World Bank Group – harmed their health, property and livelihoods by investing in an ultra mega coal-fired power plant.
  • 10 April 2015

    Woefully Inadequate World Bank Response on Haiti, Safeguards Gap

    Today we received the World Bank’s response to a letter we submitted from over 90 civil society organizations demanding that the Bank take responsibility for its actions in Haiti.
  • 7 April 2015

    Announcing South Asia Consultant Anirudha Nagar

    Accountability Counsel is pleased to announce that Anirudha Nagar will be joining our team as a consultant, collaborating with us on our work in South Asia.