• 9 July 2021

    Kawaala residents protest expansion of Lubigi channel, want fair compensation

    By UG News 24
    Community members in Kawaala Zone II in Kampala, Uganda have filed a complaint to the World Bank’s Inspection Panel following attempts to evict them from their homes and farmland without adequate compensation.The eviction is intended to make way for the expansion of the Lubigi drainage channel, a project funded by the World Bank.
  • 2 July 2021

    Activists cautiously optimistic about new IFC accountability policy

    By Shabtai Gold, Devex
    The International Finance Corporation’s new accountability policy came into effect Thursday, the culmination of a yearslong process that included a landmark case the institution lost before the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • 23 June 2021

    EU Energy Project in Nepal Sets Landmark Precedent on Indigenous Consent

    By Anirudha Nagar, Accountability Counsel
    Indigenous rights are at a critical crossroads after communities in Nepal have succeeded in holding the European Union’s investment bank accountable for its role in forcibly constructing a hydropower project on Indigenous land.
  • 2 June 2021

    Everything in its place: From stolen art to endangered monkeys

    By Lindsey McGinnis, Christian Science Monitor
    In a win for local Indigenous groups, the European Investment Bank (EIB) vowed to address gaps in the implementation of a hydropower project in central Nepal.
  • 2 June 2021

    Agency in Hot Water for Financing Fracking in the Dark

    By Kaila Philo, Courthouse News Service
    Stephanie Amoako is a senior policy associate with the Accountability Counsel, which advocates for people harmed by the kinds of projects supported by OPIC and the DFC. “The DFC should welcome any opportunity to increase transparency and accountability to the public,” Amoako said in a phone call, “particularly those most affected by the projects.”
  • 12 May 2021

    How JPMorgan’s DFI invested and defined its impact in its first year

    By Adva Saldinger, Devex
    J.P. Morgan recently released its first annual report on its year-old development finance institution. Accountability Counsel’s policy director, Margaux Day, discusses the need for J.P. Morgan’s development finance institution to develop an accountability mechanism to ensure it can effectively manage unintended risks and impacts.
  • 4 May 2021

    Report criticizes EIB over Nepal energy project

    By Vince Chadwick, Devex
    In its report released last month, the European Investment Bank’s Complaints Mechanism found a series of problems, including environmental assessment shortcomings, no stakeholder engagement plan, poor outreach to local Indigenous people, and no evidence of that community’s endorsement for the project.
  • 30 April 2021

    Rare win for Nepal indigenous groups as EIB admits ‘gaps’ in hydropower project

    By Rina Chandran, Thomson Reuters Foundation
    The European Investment Bank (EIB) has pledged to address gaps in the implementation of a power project in Nepal, handing a rare victory to Indigenous groups and local communities who had raised concerns about being uprooted from their land.
  • 14 April 2021

    As Impact Investing Grows, So Do Expectations

    By Andrew Mayeda, IFC Insights
    The industry needs to do a better job being accountable to communities directly impacted by projects, as individuals living near and working at investment sites bear the most risk if an investment has unintended environmental and social consequences, said Margaux Day, Policy Director at Accountability Counsel.
  • 25 March 2021

    This Tiny Fishing Town Was Poisoned By a Coal Plant. The Government Is Trying to Replace it With a Mine.

    By Leah Feiger and Raksha Vasudevan, Vice World News
    When local communities complain about projects, their adversaries are powerful, and complaint structures can be incredibly opaque and burdensome.
  • 20 January 2021

    Accountability in Action – Three Lessons in Centering Communities

    By Samer Araabi, Accountability Counsel
    Based on over a decade of working with communities around the world, Accountability Counsel has seen various pitfalls of not adhering to community-led accountability and developed recommendations for how to improve.  
  • 10 December 2020

    New CAO vice president urged to fight for CAO independence

    By Bretton Woods Project
    Margaux Day of Accountability Counsel emphasized that Janine Ferretti, the new vice president of the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman, will have to put her experience working on environmental and social safeguard issues at the Inter-American Development Bank to use as she endeavours to fulfil the terms of reference of the post during these challenging times.
  • 3 December 2020

    What we learned about the state of impact accountability from 74 investors

    By Margaux Day, Accountability Counsel in ImpactAlpha
    The International Finance Corporation’s Operating Principles for Impact Management take a step to protect against impact-washing by requiring disclosures and verification. Genuine accountability requires more.
  • 30 November 2020

    Updating investment ‘exclusion lists’ for deeper social and environmental impact

    By Dmitry Fotiyev, ImpactAlpha
    Watchdog groups such as Accountability Counsel amplify community voices around the world to protect human rights and environment. While these organizations serve as advocates for those harmed by internationally financed projects, screening for potential adverse effects at the inception stage can identify issues that may be non-obvious to the project sponsors or financiers.
  • 19 November 2020

    Plan and Design the Project with Us: Advice from Sri Lanka’s Northern Province Fisherfolk

    By Sathivel Visvalingam of Sri Lanka Nature Group, Tom Weerachat of International Accountability Project, and Anirudha Nagar of Accountability Counsel
    Earlier this year, the Asian Development Bank withdrew its financial support for the Northern Province Sustainable Fisheries Development Project in Sri Lanka, effectively halting a years-long community-led effort to make funders accountable to community priorities. Anirudha Nagar
  • 22 October 2020

    From Juukan to Jharkhand: Demanding Accountability for Desecration of Indigenous Cultural Heritage

    By Anirudha Nagar, Accountability Counsel in The Wire
    In September, senior executives at mining giant Rio Tinto resigned over the destruction of ancient Aboriginal caves in Juukan Gorge in Western Australia after communities and investors alike voiced concerns that the company was failing to hold them accountable for their actions. This incident has focused attention on the need for accountability…
  • 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.