• 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.
  • 14 January 2020

    Haiti farmers eager to receive compensation after ‘groundbreaking’ land deal

    By Jacob Kushner, Thomson Reuters Foundation
    Located in Haiti’s northern region, the $300 million Caracol Industrial park opened in 2012 and now employs approximately 15,000 people, most of whom work in clothing factories there, according to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), one of the park’s main financial backers. In 2018 farmers like Augustin who had been evicted from their land in 2011 struck a rare deal with the IDB to provide Caracol’s 100 most vulnerable families with new, titled land. But 10 years after the earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people and made 1.5 million homeless, the farmers are still waiting to receive compensation for their land used to build the Caracol park.
  • 14 January 2020

    What the US International Development Finance Corporation needs to do in year 1

    By Adva Saldinger, Devex
    Touted as the most significant change to the foreign aid ecosystem in the United States in more than 15 years and a critical tool for countering China, the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, or DFC, has a lot of expectations to live up to as it opens its doors. Accountability Counsel’s Stephanie Amoako shares recommendations for the building blocks needed to ensure that the DFC invests in a responsible manner.
  • 12 January 2020

    10 Years Ago, We Pledged To Help Haiti Rebuild. Then What Happened?

    By Isabel McDonald, In These Times
    The earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2020, unleashed one of the worst humanitarian crises in decades. In hard-hit places like Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital and most densely populated city, schools and medical centers collapsed. More than 300,000 homes were damaged or destroyed. The disaster is estimated to have killed at least 220,000 Haitians and displaced 2.3 million—about a quarter of the population.
  • 13 December 2019

    The case for public reforms to the World Bank’s Inspection Panel

    By Natalie Bridgeman Fields, David Hunter, and Kristen Genovese, in Devex
    More than 25 years have passed since the World Bank Group’s board of directors created the first independent accountability mechanism, the Inspection Panel, to allow communities harmed by bank-funded public sector projects to be heard and seek redress. Now a committee of the bank’s board is moving to make significant changes to the panel’s mandate and structure and without any public input. Without input from the very people the panel was designed to serve — communities impacted by the bank — the board risks making decisions in the dark that could lead to a weakened mechanism because it lacks the knowledge and insight gained by people who stand to both gain and lose the most from the reforms.