• 7 October 2020

    Changes at the top for IFC and its accountability mechanism

    By Bretton Woods Project
    The IFC’s Chief Executive Officer, Philippe Le Houérou, announced that he will be stepping down from his position, effective 1 October.
  • 22 September 2020

    To reduce climate change learning curve, philanthropists lean on collaboratives

    By Catherine Cheney, Devex
    Philanthropists and impact investors who “intend to do good” with their money often have “a blind spot” because they fail to consider “the potential negative consequences in a real way,” said Natalie Bridgeman Fields, founder and executive director of Accountability Counsel.
  • 2 September 2020

    Myanmar’s indigenous people use ancestral customs to fight for land

    By The Star
    Indigenous people in south-eastern Myanmar want to stop poachers, loggers and agribusinesses from laying waste to the globally significant wilderness of Tanintharyi, home to threatened species like tigers and Asian elephants.
  • 18 August 2020

    Indigenous activists clash with UN over proposed park

    By Victoria Milko, Associated Press
    Indigenous and land rights activists in Myanmar say the “Ridge to Reef” conservation project will disrupt largely agrarian and fishing-based livelihoods among residents of about 225 villages in the proposed park area.
  • 5 August 2020

    USAID needs an independent accountability office to improve development outcomes

    By Margaux Day and Stephanie Amoako, Accountability Counsel, in Devex
    As USAID sets its course for the near future, it should respond to a key congressional directive to strengthen accountability for its development activities. Doing so will help the agency be well-positioned to ensure its projects avoid harm and achieve their intended impact.
  • 21 July 2020

    Will impact investors welcome the arrival of mechanisms to redress community grievances?

    By David Bank, ImpactAlpha
    A conservation project in the Tanintharyi region in southeast Myanmar aimed to protect the area from unsustainable palm oil and rubber plantations and overfishing. Indigenous Karen and other communities, however, objected that the top-down project cut them off from their livelihoods, jeopardized ceasefires that had ended a civil war and prevented the…
  • 2 July 2020

    Come hell or piped water

    By Anirudha Nagar, Accountability Counsel, in Devex
    Indigenous peoples in Jharkhand, India whose sacred spaces and rights have been trampled on by a World Bank-financed water scheme are calling on the bank to take three steps that would demonstrate a meaningful commitment to accountability — and prevent further undermining of public confidence in the bank.
  • 26 June 2020

    Mongolie: dans le désert de Gobi, des nomades mongols face à un Goliath industriel

    By Gilles Sabrié, GEO
    In the south of Mongolia, a two-day drive from Ulaanbaatar, a giant mining complex has risen from the sand, disrupting the way of life of local herders. The story could have ended there, but the nomadic herders fought. Persistent and well advised, they negotiated with the mine to reach a historic compensation agreement.
  • 15 June 2020

    Taking stock of DFC’s early months

    By Adva Saldinger, Devex
    The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation has been officially operating for about six months, and while it has met some goals, other early actions have raised questions about how the agency is delivering on its development mandate and living up to its required transparency and accountability standards.
  • 3 June 2020

    Southern Myanmar’s indigenous groups say the UN should scrap $21 million conservation plan

    By Skylar Lindsay, ASEAN Today
    Local residents and activists in southern Myanmar say indigenous experts are more effective at conservation than the UN, saying top-down plans for massive nature reserves will cut off locals’ access to food and land.
  • 27 May 2020

    Campaigners in Myanmar’s Tanintharyi region oppose $21m conservation project

    By Daniel Quinlan, Mongabay
    Campaigners in the Tanintharyi region of southern Myanmar have urged international donors to support community conservation efforts, rather than what they see as a top-down approach that excludes indigenous groups.
  • 22 May 2020

    Tanawthari Landscape of Life: Indigenous communities in Myanmar propose alternative to top-down conservation

    By Chris Lang, REDD-Monitor
    The Conservation Alliance Tanawthari has put out a new report, titled “Tanawthari Landscape of Life: A Grassroots Alternative to Top-Down Conservation in Tanintharyi Region”. Here’s a joint press statement from CAT and Accountability Counsel.
  • 21 May 2020

    In Tanintharyi, an indigenous alternative to Big Conservation

    By Jack Jenkins Hill, Frontier Myanmar
    In Tanintharyi, an indigenous alternative to Big Conservation.
  • 11 May 2020

    IFC to freeze investment to for-profit education: small win in a long fight

    By Linda Oduor-Noah, The Africa Report
    The International Finance Corporation (IFC) announces a shift in education strategy that acknowledges the voices of the most marginalized.
  • 1 May 2020

    The Missing Piece of Nepal’s MCC Debate

    By Anirudha Nagar, Accountability Counsel, in The Diplomat
    Addressing the concerns of local communities is key to Nepal’s $500 million question.
  • 29 April 2020

    No sunshine — DFC limits transparency when it is needed most

    By Stephanie Amoako, Accountability Counsel, in Devex
    Just as the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, or DFC, gets off the ground with the potential to chart a new era of U.S. overseas development, the institution has taken a worrying step backward. This is a negative signal to those who value transparency and stakeholder engagement — and is of particular concern for communities impacted by DFC projects.
  • 9 April 2020

    Lessons From Mutual Aid During the Coronavirus Crisis

    By Samer Araabi, Accountability Counsel, in SSIR
    Community-led responses to the COVID-19 epidemic are providing a model for treating the vulnerable that should remain when this crisis comes to an end.
  • 8 April 2020

    Indian Tea Plantation Workers Look to the World Bank to Prevent a Coronavirus Disaster

    By Anirudha Nagar, Accountability Counsel, in The Diplomat
    Thousands of workers vulnerable to COVID-19 on Indian tea plantations expect urgent investment from a new World Bank funding package.
  • 22 March 2020

    In deep water

    By Anirudha Nagar, Accountability Counsel, in India Water Portal
    In the wake of a scandal revealing that the World Bank may have suppressed knowledge of money for the poor being siphoned off by elites, all eyes are on the Bank to see whether its commitments to the poor hold water. Now, the Bank has a chance to demonstrate its commitment to vulnerable communities––and not the wealthy few––by righting its wrongs in a massive water scheme the Bank is financing in rural India.
  • 11 March 2020

    World Bank finally approves Inspection Panel reforms after 2-year standoff

    By Sophie Edwards, Devex
    After more than two years of wrangling, the World Bank’s board of directors this week finally approved a package of reforms aimed at boosting accountability of its public sector lending. Campaigners described the reforms as a “watershed” moment but said they were just the beginning of changes that would need to be made.