• 22 October 2022

    China’s ban on overseas coal power plants is good for the climate… but where’s the support for renewable energy? experts ask

    By Eric Ng and Yujie Xue, South China Morning Post
    Beijing’s pledge a year ago has put a ‘significant dent’ in planned coal-fired projects overseas, says a climate report – but greater support is needed to get low-emission projects up and running to replace the cancelled coal projects, analysts say.
  • 19 October 2022

    Public Development Banks can’t drag their feet when it comes to building a sustainable future

    By Forus
    Stephanie Amoako, Senior Policy Associate at Accountability Counsel, said: “PDBs must be accountable to the communities impacted by their projects. All PDBs need to have an effective accountability mechanism to address concerns with projects and should commit to preventing and fully remediating any harm to communities.”
  • 17 October 2022

    The Equator Principles have two big problems: a fossil-fuel problem and an accountability problem

    By Ryan Brightwell, BankTrack; Natalie Bugalski, Inclusive Development International; and Margaux Day, Accountability Counsel
    Either they get solved at the annual meeting of signatories starting today in Seoul, or the principles risk fading into irrelevance.
  • 13 October 2022

    DataKind Partner Spotlight: Accountability Counsel

    By Samer Araabi, Accountability Counsel, with DataKind
    We’re reflecting on our project with Accountability Counsel as they look to the future, seeing where there are opportunities and challenges with data science in supporting their mission.
  • 4 October 2022

    World Bank’s accountability mechanisms – still a long way to go

    By Bretton Woods Project
    57 CSOs submit comments on the Draft operating procedures for the Accountability Mechanism and Inspection Panel. CSOs highlight concerns about the proposed mechanisms, including lack of clarity on the structure.
  • 28 September 2022

    ¿Qué esperar del liderazgo del BID?

    By Carolina Juaneda
    BIC junto a las organizaciones que endosan celebran la decisión de la Junta de Gobernadores de seguir la recomendación unánime del Directorio del BID y destituir rápidamente al Sr. Claver-Carone.
  • 28 September 2022

    What to expect from IDB’s leadership?

    By Carolina Juaneda
    BIC and the endorsing organizations commend the decision of the Board of Governors to follow the unanimous recommendation of the Board of Directors and swiftly remove Mr. Claver-Carone.
  • 21 September 2022

    Instead of Disruption, Leverage What Already Exists

    By Jim Bildner and Stephanie Khurana, DRK
    In times of extreme political polarization and governmental dysfunction, “leverage-first” organizations create impact by working within existing systems, however imperfect they may be.
  • 13 September 2022

    Who Pays The Cost Of Europe’s Energy Crisis?

    By Sutharee Wannasiri, Accountability Counsel
    As Europe’s economy continues to buckle under a worsening energy crisis, proposals to expand investment in green energy projects should be welcome news. However, local communities that stand to be impacted by these projects have ample cause for alarm, given these institutions’ worrying track records of causing direct harm through their investments.
  • 9 September 2022

    The 2 year wait for a way to complain about USAID projects

    By David Ainsworth, Devex Pro
    In 2020, USAID was directed to create an accountability structure, in order to address this, via an explanatory statement accompanying appropriations legislation. Almost two years later, USAID is still working on this mechanism and is yet to reveal what it might look like.
  • 30 August 2022

    Analysis: Development banks under pressure to compensate harmed communities

    By Emma Rumney, Simon Jessop and Sofia Christensen, Reuters
    One activist group, the non-profit Accountability Counsel, points to a 231% rise in complaints between 2009 and 2019 as evidence development banks are backing projects without regard for communities.
  • 25 August 2022

    Call for US Greenwashing Rules to Extend to Human Rights

    By Dan Atkinson, ESG Investor
    At present, companies complicit in abuse of local populations can not only keep high ESG ratings, but sometimes see them increase. This is the message to the SEC from three non-profit organisations concerned with human rights and the environment: Inclusive Development International (IDI), Accountability Counsel (AC) and Friends of the Earth US (FoE US).
  • 19 August 2022

    Human rights and Environmental Justice Advocates Respond to SEC’s Proposed Rules for ESG Funds

    By Inclusive Development International
    Inclusive Development International joined Accountability Counsel and Friends of the Earth-US this week to submit comments responding to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) proposed rules for “ESG” oriented investment funds, or funds that consider environmental, social and governance factors in their investment decisions. They urged the SEC to go beyond disclosure requirements and actually define ESG in order to crack down on the false and misleading marketing of many ESG funds more directly and to regulate the flawed data collection and ESG ratings systems that inform their portfolios.
  • 10 August 2022

    中国:银保监会新指引中的申诉程序如何防止“绿色”ESG投资损害地方社区 (China: How grievance procedures in new CBIRC guidelines prevent ‘green’ ESG investments from harming local communities)

    By Margaux Day and Yaqian (Zelda) Liang, Accountability Counsel
    A new Chinese translation of our recent article in the South China Morning Post.
  • 4 August 2022

    Advancing justice through solidarity fundraising

    By Annie Lascoe, Accountability Counsel, and Jeff Wokulira Ssebaggala, Witness Radio
    We refer to this joint effort – through a relationship that extends beyond our substantive work together – as “solidarity fundraising.” Solidarity fundraising is the act of leveraging funding relationships for the benefit of peer and partner organizations. By making high-value introductions to aligned funders, we can apply an equity-driven framework to philanthropy–starting at the grassroots level.
  • 21 July 2022

    Why the IFC can’t afford to squander this opportunity to get remedy right

    By Robi Chacha Mosenda and Megan Pearson, Accountability Counsel
    The International Finance Corporation has a critical opportunity to create a framework for remediating harm to communities, including those currently suffering as a result of IFC’s financing.
  • 16 June 2022

    How China’s new complaints procedures can prevent ‘green’ ESG investments from harming local communities

    By Margaux Day and Yaqian (Zelda) Liang, Accountability Counsel
    Guidelines now require Chinese banks and insurers to set up grievance mechanisms, which will allow affected communities to speak up – and investors to better address their risks.
  • 15 June 2022

    These Haitians Were Children When A US-Funded Project Evicted Them From Their Land. They Can’t Afford College.

    By Karla Zabludovsky
    The industrial park opened with big promises and big-name backers like Hillary Clinton and Sean Penn. But for the families evicted from their farmland, the development brought financial ruin.
  • 2 June 2022

    How ‘Greenwashing’ Cost a CEO His Job

    By Lauren Foster, Barron's
    Margaux Day, policy director at Accountability Counsel, says there has been a “culture of impunity” when it comes to mislabeling ESG investments. “Investors who are claiming to do ESG investments need to have accountability frameworks in place,” she says.
  • 25 May 2022

    CSO’s call on AfDB to implement policies to address their concerns

    By Ghana Business News
    A coalition of African civil society organisations have bemoaned the lack of engagement between the African Development Bank and Civil Society. According to them, even though the bank had many policies tailored to assisting CSO’s, their implementation has been poor over the years.