• 4 February 2019

    IFC failed to ensure workers’ safety at APPL plantations: WB investigator

    By Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava, Business Standard
    In this article, Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava highlights the findings of the World Bank’s official investigator in which the IFC had failed to address the health and safety concerns of thousands of workers and their families living in Tata group’s tea plantations in India’s Northeast. Accountability Counsel will continue to support and advocate for tea workers in Assam.
  • 29 January 2019

    Displaced farmers’ coalition reclaims their road to sustainable livelihoods years after Haiti’s devastating earthquake

    By Janine Mendes-Franco, Global Voices
    In this article, Janine Mendes-Franco tells the story of a recent victory in Haiti involving a collective of farmers, who were adversely impacted by a bank-financed industrial park, and won a settlement with the Inter-American Development Bank and the Haitian government. Accountability Counsel supported the Haitian farmers throughout the negotiation process and will continue to support the implementation phase.
  • 23 January 2019

    Empowering the Powerless and Changing The World From The Bottom-Up: Natalie Bridgeman Fields

    By The Impossible Network
    AC’s Founder & Executive Director Natalie Bridgeman Fields is featured as a guest in the latest episode of The Impossible Network podcast.
  • 14 January 2019

    Haiti Farmers Demanded Justice After Losing Their Land – Their Victory Shows What Empowering Workers Can Achieve

    By Lani Inverarity, Accountability Counsel, in Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
    In this BHRRC article, AC’s Lani Inverarity reflects on the historic agreement reached by a group of Haitian farmers last month, and how the 2010 earthquake anniversary now holds the possibility of transformation and renewal.
  • 11 January 2019

    Haiti Update: Grassroots Victory in Caracol

    By Tom Ricker, Quixote Center
    In this article, Tom Ricker describes the historic agreements reached by a collective of farmers in Northeast Haiti to restore livelihoods that were lost when they were displaced for an industrial park. Accountability Counsel supported the Haitian farmers to reach these agreements through a dialogue with a development bank that financed…
  • 11 January 2019

    IDB Settles Accountability Case in Haiti, Granting Land to Farmers

    By Teresa Welsh, Devex
    In this article, Teresa Welsh highlights the recent victory in Haiti where a group of farmers, who were adversely impacted by a bank-financed industrial park, won a settlement with the Inter-American Development Bank and the Haitian government. Accountability Counsel supported the Haitian farmers throughout the negotiation process and will continue to support the implementation phase.
  • 10 January 2019

    Coalition Members Comment on Resignation of World Bank President

    By Coalition for Human Rights in Development
    The President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, announced he is stepping down from his position this February 1, 2019 to take a position with Global Infrastructure Partners, a private investment firm that did extensive business with the Bank during Kim’s tenure.
  • 9 January 2019

    Former Pathways Intern Continues Work to Protect Human and Environmental Rights

    By Sydney Speizman, Accountability Counsel, in The Kenan Institute for Ethics
    In this article, as a former Pathways Intern, Sydney Speizman reflects on her experience working at Accountability Counsel as the Executive Coordinator.
  • 20 December 2018

    The Upside Weekly Report

    By The Guardian
    Haitian farmers we supported and their recent victory is featured as this week’s upside in The Guardian’s Upside Weekly Report, 14 December 2018.
  • 20 December 2018

    Three Community Feedback Tools for Impact Investors

    By Gayle Peterson, Stanford Social Innovation Review
    In this SSIR article, Gayle Peterson discusses three community feedback tools for impact investors. Accountability Counsel’s Liberia case is highlighted in this article.
  • 11 December 2018

    Protecting Communities’ Rights in Africa: Reflections on the 2018 ACCA General Assembly

    By Stephanie Amoako, Accountability Counsel, in African Coalition for Corporate Accountability
    In this article, Policy Associate Stephanie Amoako reflects on the 2018 African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA) General Assembly which took place in Nairobi, Kenya. This year’s General Assembly focused on Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC), where participants charted a way forward for empowering communities whose lives will be affected by projects in Africa.
  • 11 December 2018

    U.K. Companies Can Help Break the Cycle of Poverty Wages on Assam’s Tea Plantations

    By Anirudha Nagar, Accountability Counsel, in CORE Coalition
    In this article, Asia Director Anirudha Nagar discusses the grim reality facing workers on tea estates in Assam and the role of British tea companies in ensuring protection of workers’ rights. Accountability Counsel, CORE Coalition and other civil society organizations are urging major British tea brands and retailers that source tea from Assam to help break the cycle of poverty wages.
  • 6 December 2018

    Inspection Panel and Compliance Ombudsman Advisor reviews: Will World Bank fill the half-empty glass?

    By Bretton Woods Project
    In this article, Bretton Woods Project highlights last month’s meeting of the Independent Accountability Mechanisms Network (IAMnet) in Washington, D.C. The article underscores civil society organisations’ call for the World Bank Group to use its Inspection Panel (IPN) and Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) reviews to address existing accountability gaps.
  • 29 November 2018

    Web of Concerns Over Transmission Lines in Nepal

    By Siddharth Akali, Accountability Counsel, & Shankar Limbu, LAHURNIP, in The Third Pole
    Our Asia Communities Consultant Siddharth Akali and partner Shankar Limbu of LAHURNIP call on the European Union to ensure that communities in Nepal are made whole on the loss they suffer as a result of its transmission lines and associated hydropower sector development.
  • 21 November 2018

    Pillars for the Future of Development Finance in Asia

    By Stephanie Amoako, Accountability Counsel, for NGO Forum on ADB’s Bankwatch
    Our Policy Associate, Stephanie Amoako’s, recent article, “Pillars for the Future of Development Finance in Asia,” is featured in the October 2018 issue of NGO Forum on ADB’s Bankwatch publication. In the article, Amoako calls on the Asian Development Bank to prioritize community engagement and access to effective remedy at the forefront as it looks to the future of development finance in Asia. Read the full article here.
  • 16 November 2018

    British brand Clipper promises slave-free tea

    By Anuradha Nagaraj, Thomson Reuters Foundation
    In this Thomson Reuters Foundation article, British tea brand Clipper is reported to have released a list of its Indian suppliers on Thursday, joining a growing campaign to improve worker conditions in the state of Assam and rid the industry of widespread abuse. Our Asia Director, Anirudha Nagar, is quoted in this article saying “The publishing of supplier lists by some UK brands is a step forward in the struggle for better living and working conditions for Assam tea workers”.
  • 15 October 2018

    Nepal and the China-EU Lending Race

    By Peter Gill, The Diplomat
    In this article in The Diplomat, Peter Gill discusses the 220 kV Marsyangdi Corridor Transmission Line and its potential impact on the local Nepali community within the broader context of development finance. Accountability Counsel supported FPIC & Rights Forum in their recent submission to the European Investment Bank’s (EIB) Complaints Mechanism on October 8, 2018. The article also highlights the challenges surrounding accountability within development finance in the Asia-Pacific region, which is traditionally dominated by Western-aligned multilateral development banks, vis-a-vis the expansion of Chinese lending.
  • 27 September 2018

    Is the World Bank Group Above the Law?

    By Barry Yeoman, The Nation
    In this article in The Nation, Barry Yeoman dives into the issues at play in the Jam v. IFC case brought by EarthRights International, which will soon be heard before the U.S. Supreme Court. Accountability Counsel submitted a joint amicus brief in support of the Indian fishing communities and farmers who are challenging the IFC through this case. The article also highlights our Maple Energy case in Peru, where the IFC provided finance to a company causing unremediated harm to local communities.
  • 16 August 2018

    Fisherfolk Communities in Northern Sri Lanka Organize to Protect Livelihoods From Proposed Asian Development Bank Project

    By Tom Weerachat, International Accountability Project
    Earlier this year, I found myself in the quiet town of Jaffna, in Northern Sri Lanka, sharing a meal with fisherfolk from different parts of the northern province. We were seated in a newly built hotel in the middle of town, surrounded by war-torn buildings and ruined historic palaces. Our meal consisted of a simple yet delicious fish curry, served with rice and topped with spiced coconut meat. The food was unlike anything I had tasted before, unique to the region and distinctive in flavor. My companions explained that while they currently had access to abundant fish from the sea, they worried they would lose their traditional foods and livelihoods as a result of a new development project that was being proposed by the government.
  • 13 August 2018

    The key for EXIM’s future lies in accountability

    By Kindra Mohr & Stephanie Amoako, Accountability Counsel, in The Hill
    …With these nominations, proponents hope that EXIM will soon have authority to approve larger transactions. However, any conversation on EXIM’s future, particularly with a potential expansion of its portfolio, must include strengthening its accountability framework to effectively address complaints from communities affected by EXIM’s activities.