• 14 September 2020

    Remembering Gerald “Jerry” Gray, 1935-2020

    By Natalie Bridgeman Fields, Accountability Counsel
    Jerry’s life-long commitment to speaking truth to power included serving as a founding Board Member of Accountability Counsel. We are grateful to have been touched by his humanity.
  • 1 September 2020

    Les projets de développement cofinancés démontrent la nécessité de mécanismes de redevabilité dans les investissements d’impact

    By Rocío Trujillo Sosa, Policy Fellow at Accountability Counsel
    Les mécanismes de redevabilité aident les investisseurs de projets de développement à savoir si leurs investissements ont atteint les objectifs visés. Pour cela, ils offrent aux personnes directement concernées par ces projets, une plateforme d’échange avec les décideurs sur les problèmes rencontrés sur place. Il est dès lors surprenant que…
  • 1 September 2020

    Los proyectos cofinanciados demuestran la necesidad de mecanismos de rendición de cuentas de las inversiones de impacto

    By Rocío Trujillo Sosa, Policy Fellow at Accountability Counsel
    Los mecanismos independientes de rendición de cuentas ayudan a los inversionistas a saber si las inversiones efectivamente han alcanzado los objetivos previstos, proporcionando a las personas impactadas por las inversiones un foro para compartir sus solicitudes con los responsables de la toma de decisiones en materia de inversiones. Es sorprendente, entonces, que…
  • 31 August 2020

    Co-financed Projects Demonstrate the Accountability Gap of Certain Impact Investments

    By Rocío Trujillo Sosa, Policy Fellow at Accountability Counsel
    AC Policy Fellow Rocío Trujillo Sosa discusses three cases studies, identified through the Accountability Console’s document search function, where impact investors learned of unintended impacts of their investments from communities providing feedback to DFI accountability offices. The case studies demonstrate that accountability offices help impact investors better understand their net impact by hearing from communities most impacted by their investments.
  • 27 August 2020

    Accountability Counsel Submits Comments on USAID Gender Policy

    By Accountability Counsel
    Today Accountability Counsel submitted comments on the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) draft Gender Policy. USAID provided very little time for public comment on the policy, and our submission called on USAID to extend the consultation to ensure that stakeholders can provide feedback on this important policy.
  • 12 August 2020

    World Bank Group Releases Recommendations to Strengthen IFC and MIGA’s Accountability Framework

    By Margaux Day, Accountability Counsel
    The public can now see and comment on important recommendations regarding the accountability framework of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA).  On August 11, the World Bank Group shared a report by external experts that evaluates the environmental and social accountability landscape at the IFC…
  • 31 July 2020

    Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives Hollow without Effective Grievance Redress Mechanisms to Underpin Sustainability, Ethical, or Fair Labor Standards – But There is Hope

    By Gregory Berry and Reema Ghabra, Accountability Counsel
    Despite the promise of a new era of collaborative development, the premise of Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives actually bringing communities to the table for cooperative dialogue has remained questionable. As the UNDP looks to implement certifiable standards for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in the impact investing field, will it heed the call for greater stakeholder engagement and much needed accountability?  
  • 28 July 2020

    Advancing Recommendations to Strengthen the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation’s Approach to Measuring Development Impact

    By Stephanie Amoako, Accountability Counsel
    Development institutions aim to finance projects that will lift vulnerable communities out of poverty. However, if not designed, implemented, or monitored properly, these projects can instead result in harm to communities and not achieve their development goals. This month, Accountability Counsel, Friends of the Earth, and several international partners submitted comments on the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation’s (DFC) new system of measuring development impacts – the Impact Quotient.
  • 22 July 2020

    Accountability Counsel Submits Joint Letter to IFC/MIGA Executive Directors Seeking Transparency and Consultations on Key External Review

    By Margaux Day, Accountability Counsel
    Yesterday, Accountability Counsel and 40 global partners submitted a joint letter to the Executive Directors of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), requesting the immediate disclosure of the long-awaited report of the external review of the IFC and MIGA’s accountability framework and for a subsequent…
  • 10 July 2020

    Welcoming Three New Board Members in 2020

    By Accountability Counsel
    We are delighted to announce three talented women joining Accountability Counsel’s Board of Directors in 2020: Caroline Bressan, Niranjali Amerasinghe, and Carolyn Rashby. Caroline, Niranjali, and Carolyn bring a diverse range of skills and talents, with expertise ranging from advocacy around equity, climate finance, and human rights, to philanthropic experience…
  • 8 July 2020

    2020 UN Report Focuses on Key Accountability Issue: Improving Access to Remedy

    By Shelby McGuire-Smith, Accountability Counsel Policy Fellow
    In her analysis of the latest report from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Accountability and Remedy project, AC policy fellow Shelby McGuire-Smith highlights the need for dedicated funds to resource remedial actions to address harm to communities affected by internationally finance projects.
  • 6 July 2020

    Honoring Sarah Singh

    By Accountability Counsel
    Sarah Singh is leaving Accountability Counsel after over eight years at the organization. A brilliant advocate with a deep commitment to supporting communities to protect their human rights and environment, we honor her many accomplishments and contributions to Accountability Counsel, our clients, and our field.
  • 1 July 2020

    Failure of Large Renewables Producers on Human Rights Underscores the Need for Accountability in a Just Transition

    By Margaux Day and Sydney Speizman, Accountability Counsel
    Renewable technologies and green investments are critical to achieving carbon neutrality, but the vital climate benefits of these projects do not mean they are without social and environmental risk. The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre recently published the first Renewable Energy and Human Rights Benchmark, which assesses the policies…
  • 25 June 2020

    The Long Road to Remedy Continues

    By Megumi Tsutsui, Accountability Counsel
    Three years after signing historic agreements with Rio Tinto-backed Oyu Tolgoi (OT) mine and the local government to address impacts of OT’s massive mine on their traditional way of life, herders are still waiting for some of the most important promises to be implemented. As Accountability Counsel’s latest interactive progress report shows, with many commitments still pending, herders’ ability to continue their traditional livelihoods hangs in the balance.
  • 24 June 2020

    Shifting the Conversation on Remedy: Reflections on the 2020 OECD Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct

    By Accountability Counsel
    Speaking at the 2020 OECD Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct, Accountability Counsel’s Stephanie Amoako discussed the changes needed to effectively provide remedy to communities harmed by corporate activity or international investments.
  • 8 June 2020

    Unintended Impacts: Harm caused by Kenya’s pandemic response underscores the need to safeguard vulnerable groups

    By Robi Chacha Mosenda, Accountability Counsel
    Development institutions should pay close attention to the effects and lessons from Kenya’s current COVID response to make sure that the support they provide helps build resilience to this and future crises, and does not worsen the situation for communities who are already disproportionately harmed.
  • 4 June 2020

    Why We’re In The Struggle for Anti-Racism

    By Accountability Counsel
    Our team is committed to anti-racist organizing as part of our work for accountability and systems change.
  • 22 May 2020

    Karen Indigenous groups launch their conservation vision for Myanmar’s Tanintharyi Region, rejecting the harmful ‘Ridge to Reef’ Project

    By Conservation Alliance Tanawthari and Accountability Counsel
    DAWEI, 22 May 2020 – Today, an alliance of Karen community groups calls on their government and the international community to abandon a destructive, top-down conservation project that threatens their environment and way of life. They offer an alternative in its place – an indigenous-led conservation plan, called Landscape of…
  • 14 May 2020

    Independent Accountability Offices Prove Their Worth During A Crisis. What About Institutions That Don’t Have Them?

    By Margaux Day and Stephanie Amoako, Accountability Counsel
    Investors of all kinds  are providing unprecedented levels of financing in response to COVID-19. Given the sheer scope and impact of the crisis, it is vital that this monetary response reaches those who need it most.  Unfortunately, not all financial institutions and investors responding to the crisis are equipped with the tools needed to receive community feedback and address problems when they arise. This accountability gap risks undermining the effectiveness of the COVID-19 response.
  • 15 April 2020

    World Bank and IFC Agree to Landmark Accountability and Transparency Reforms

    By Margaux Day and Stephanie Amoako, Accountability Counsel
    The World Bank Group recently agreed to reforms to improve its accountability, transparency, respect for human rights, and environmental, social, and governance risk management. These wide-ranging commitments are the result of successful negotiations with the U.S. House Financial Services Committee to include a $5.5 billion capital increase for the WBG’s private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation, in COVID-19 stimulus legislation.