• 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.
  • 24 March 2015

    OPIC’s Plan Promises Improvements But Lacks Details on Reform

    Last week, the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) published a plan to address widespread failures at the agency that contributed to a botched energy project in Liberia, which resulted in serious human rights, labor, and environmental abuses that our case identified.
  • 17 March 2015

    Accountability Counsel Participates in Urgewald Human Rights Conference

    Policy Director Kindra Mohr is attending the Urgewald 2015 conference this week on Human Rights and Accountability at Multilateral Financial Institutions in Berlin, Germany.
  • 11 March 2015

    Our Winter Newsletter

    We are pleased to share our Winter Newsletter with updates on our policy advocacy and from our work in communities around the world.
  • 9 March 2015

    International Outcry Over World Bank Role in Haiti Mining Sector

    Today more than 90 organizations from around the world joined with the Haiti Mining Justice Collective, the NYU Global Justice Clinic, and Accountability Counsel to demand that the World Bank take responsibility for its actions in Haiti.
  • 5 March 2015

    World Bank Admits Resettlement Failures, Falls Short on Fixes

    Accountability Counsel’s press release covers the World Bank’s announcement on Wednesday that it failed to properly implement its own resettlement policy, leaving untold thousands without their homes, businesses, land or any compensation to show after they were displaced to make way for World Bank development projects.
  • 3 March 2015

    United Nations Launches a New Stakeholder Response Mechanism

    The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) recently announced the creation of its new Stakeholder Response Mechanism (SRM) to serve as a forum for project affected people to voice their concerns about UNEP projects.
  • 27 February 2015

    Welcoming Our Newest Board Member, Faris Natour

    We are thrilled to announce that Faris Natour has joined Accountability Counsel’s Board of Directors.  Faris comes to us with a deep background in the business and human rights field.  He is currently the Managing Director for Advisory Services at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), where he leads their Global Human Rights Practice.
  • 17 February 2015

    World Bank Refuses to Consider Haitian Communities’ Complaint about New Mining Law

    Last week, the World Bank Inspection Panel refused to consider a complaint from Haitian communities about the Bank’s support for development of the mining sector in Haiti. Communities affected by mining activity and the Justice in Mining Collective, a group of six Haitian civil society organizations, submitted the complaint in…
  • 2 February 2015

    Accountability Counsel Raises Concerns about EBRD’s Hiring Process for Key Accountability Position

    Accountability Counsel and partner civil society organizations sent a letter to the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) expressing concerns about the hiring process for the EBRD’s Project Complaint Mechanism (PCM) Officer position.