• 27 February 2019

    World Bank Group Absolute Immunity Ends in Landmark U.S. Supreme Court Decision

    By Accountability Counsel
    Today, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Jam et al. v. International Finance Corp., a landmark case challenging the World Bank Group’s claim to absolute immunity in a lawsuit brought by fishing communities in India and their lawyers at EarthRights International. In a 7-1 ruling, the justices have ended the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) absolute immunity from lawsuits in U.S. courts. The immunity upset at the IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, will have wide-ranging and global implications.
  • 22 February 2019

    Sharing Accountability Counsel’s Mission at the Cox Servant Leadership Symposium

    By Sydney Speizman, Accountability Counsel
    Accountability Counsel’s Executive Director Natalie Bridgeman Fields gave the keynote address at the Cox Servant Leadership Symposium at the Haverford School today, sharing Accountability Counsel’s mission and work. The students had engaging follow-on discussions about the interconnectedness of the global economy and how they can leverage their influence to demand greater justice in international finance.
  • 13 February 2019

    A Long Road to Remedy

    By Sarah Singh, Accountability Counsel
    A way forward together. This was the promise made by the Rio Tinto-backed Oyu Tolgoi (OT) copper and gold mine to local herders. Now, after years of false starts and false promises, nomadic herders in Khanbogd soum, in Mongolia’s remote South Gobi, may finally have a way forward with OT. That is the vision offered by the historic agreements reached in May 2017 between herders, OT, and the local soum government. But will the agreements really amount to more than words on paper? We’re working with local herders to move the agreements From Paper to Progress.
  • 12 February 2019

    Accountability Counsel Submits Joint Recommendations to AfDB Board of Directors on the Consultation Process of the IRM Review

    By Accountability Counsel
    Yesterday, Accountability Counsel and 33 global partners submitted a joint letter to the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Board of Directors, providing recommendations on the consultation process for the upcoming review of the AfDB’s Independent Review Mechanism (IRM).
  • 5 February 2019

    Gaining Access to Information: The Case of Nepali Communities & The World Bank

    By Siddharth Akali, Accountability Counsel and Shankar Limbu, LAHURNIP
    In January 2019, after much effort by Nepali communities and civil society organizations, the World Bank released a report in Nepali about preventing and mitigating conflicts related to infrastructure siting in Nepal. This article provides an overview of a two year process over which Nepali communities affected by a World Bank-funded transmission line compelled the Bank to disclose the report, and make it available in the local language of Nepali.
  • 28 January 2019

    Press Release: World Bank and Tata Group Must Take Urgent Action to Address Long-Standing Health and Safety Concerns on Their Tea Plantations in India

    By Accountability Counsel, PAJHRA, PAD, and Nazdeek
    Today, the World Bank’s independent watchdog, the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO), released a monitoring report finding that the World Bank has failed to deliver on commitments to address serious health and safety concerns facing the 155,000 people that live and work on tea plantations it owns in India’s Northeast.
  • 18 January 2019

    Accountability Counsel Releases 2017-2018 Annual Report

    By Natalie Bridgeman Fields, Accountability Counsel
    Accountability Counsel is pleased to share that our 2017-2018 Annual Report is now available.
  • 17 January 2019

    Reflections on ADB’s Accountability Mechanism Expert Meeting

    By Accountability Counsel
    On January 17, 2019, Accountability Counsel attended the Asian Development Bank (ADB)’s Accountability Mechanism Expert Meeting in London.
  • 15 January 2019

    Celebrating the 10 Year Anniversary of the EIB Complaints Mechanism

    By Accountability Counsel
    Yesterday, Accountability Counsel attended the European Investment Bank (EIB) Complaints Mechanism 10 Year Anniversary event at the EIB Headquarters in Luxembourg.
  • 14 January 2019

    Accountability Counsel Submits Joint Statement to World Bank’s Board of Directors on its Initial Review of the Panel’s Toolkit

    By Accountability Counsel
    Today, Accountability Counsel and 66 global partners submitted a joint statement to the World Bank Group’s Board of Directors, expressing disappointment that three important measures were not approved in the initial review of the Inspection Panel’s toolkit.
  • 8 January 2019

    The World Bank Group President Steps Down, Adding to Washington Ethics Lapses and Cementing a Legacy

    By Natalie Bridgeman Fields, Accountability Counsel
    Yesterday, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim’s announcement of his sudden departure signaled that something is deeply amiss. His February 1, 2019 departure date, more than three years before the end of his term, translates into unanticipated costs to the Bank as it is forced to prematurely undergo a major leadership change. The full story about why he resigned is not yet public. But there is much that can be said about Kim’s legacy as a Bank President, his immediate next move that violates the Bank’s Code of Conduct, and implications for the future of Bank leadership and the institution as a whole.
  • 2 January 2019

    Next Steps for the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation

    By Stephanie Amoako, Accountability Counsel
    In October 2018, the Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development (BUILD) Act became law, creating a new U.S. development finance institution. The new institution, the United States International Development Finance Corporation (USDFC), will subsume the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and some USAID entities. Accountability Counsel successfully advocated for the BUILD Act to require the USDFC to implement strong environmental and social protections and for the new institution to have an accountability office, which would allow individuals harmed by the USDFC’s activities to seek redress.
  • 21 December 2018

    Accountability Counsel Submits Joint Recommendations to the IFC on its Operating Principles for Impact Management

    By Accountability Counsel
    Accountability Counsel, and 24 partner organizations, made a joint submission today to the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on its draft Impact Investing: Operating Principles for Impact Management (the Principles). The Principles will be a set of voluntary guidelines for impact investors, touching on impact strategy, assessment, and monitoring. Our submission illustrates how accountability is crucial to effectuating the Principles, and recommends strengthening the Principles by including explicit references to good accountability practices.
  • 18 December 2018

    Arntraud Hartmann Joins Expert Panel of the Independent Complaints Mechanism

    By Shuen Quek, Accountability Counsel
    Arntraud Hartmann was recently selected to join the Independent Expert Panel of the Independent Complaints Mechanism (ICM), replacing Maartje van Putten who had recently completed her term. Hartmann will be one of the three Panel members supporting the ICM, which is a joint initiative of The Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO), German Investment Corporation (DEG) and, starting next year, the French development bank Proparco.
  • 12 December 2018

    Protecting Defenders in Development: Lessons Learned from Nepal

    By Siddharth Akali, Accountability Counsel and Shankar Limbu, LAHURNIP
    As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this week, human rights defenders across the globe are under attack. A human rights defender is not just a visible leader in a campaign for justice. Rather, every person asking for information about or voicing their concern about a project, be it privately or sitting in a protest, is a defender who runs the risk of retaliation.
  • 9 December 2018

    Haitian Farmers Reach Historic Agreement With Development Bank and Government to Address Harm from Post-Earthquake Project

    By Accountability Counsel, AREDE, and ActionAid Haiti
    Caracol, Haiti — On December 8, 2018, hundreds of Haitian farmers and their families, representing nearly 4,000 people, reached an historic, negotiated agreement with their government and a development bank concerning the taking of their farmland for the Caracol Industrial Park in 2011. The agreement provides for remedial support with a…
  • 6 December 2018

    Accountability Counsel Submits Joint Letter to UNDP Administrator

    By Accountability Counsel
    Accountability Counsel and 22 partner organizations sent a letter today to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Mr. Achim Steiner. Our joint letter requests Mr. Steiner’s expeditious review of social and environmental complaints stemming from UNDP activities. It calls upon UNDP to provide remedy to project-affected communities in an efficient and timely manner.
  • 4 December 2018

    Accountability Counsel Calls upon Governments and Development Banks to Safeguard Human Rights Defenders

    By Accountability Counsel
    Human Rights Defenders are a Cornerstone of Sustainable Development. Together with over 200 groups around the world, Accountability Counsel calls upon governments and development banks to safeguard human rights defenders.
  • 15 November 2018

    Will the Long-Awaited Bypass Road Pave the Way to Reconciliation?

    By Caitlin Daniel, Accountability Counsel
    Villagers in rural Olyanytsya, in central Ukraine, are hopeful that village life is about to become a lot more bearable. After putting up with intense heavy vehicle traffic from the industrial farming operations of agro-giant Mironivsky Hliboproduct (MHP) for years, the company has finally finished building a bypass road to divert traffic around residential areas.
  • 14 November 2018

    Accountability in Development Finance this Week in D.C.

    By Shuen Quek, Accountability Counsel
    This week, Accountability Counsel’s team is in full swing with a packed agenda in Washington, D.C., with a host of events centered around development finance institutions and their independent accountability mechanisms (IAMs). As our work shows, IAMs are crucial as they can provide access to remedy for individuals and communities who have been harmed by internationally financed activities.