• 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.
  • 27 November 2018

    What Made a World Bank Team go to Jharkhand (विश्व बैंक की टीम को क्यों जाना पड़ा झारखंड)

    By Ravi Prakash (रवि प्रकाश), BBC News Hindi
    पानी पर हक़ और ‘हिस्सेदारी’ के सवाल पर गिद्धीझोपड़ी गांव में बवाल मचा है. पूर्वी सिंहभूम ज़िले के गोलमुरी प्रखंड का ये गांव झारखंड के औद्योगिक शहर जमशेदपुर से कुछ ही किलोमीटर की दूरी पर बसा है. क़रीब 2500 लोगों की आबादी वाले इस गांव में अधिकतर घर संथाली आदिवासियों…
  • 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.
  • 10 August 2018

    Indigenous people demand their say in power project

    By Bibek Subedi, Kathmandu Post
    Indigenous communities in Lamjung district have demanded that the Marshyangdi Corridor 220 kV Transmission Line Project respect their rights and seek their Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) before beginning construction. Locals, on Thursday , wrote to the European Investment Bank (EIB) which is funding the project, demanding forward looking action from the multilateral lender.
  • 9 August 2018

    Protecting the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Nepal

    By ELAW
    In honor of International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, ELAW shares its recent work with the Lawyers’ Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP) relating to the 220 kV Marsyangdi Corridor transmission line project.
  • 8 August 2018

    Why Lamjung communities are demanding EU funded energy project respect rights

    By Siddharth Akali, Accountability Counsel, & Shankar Limbu, LAHURNIP, in The Record
    Today, on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, communities in Lamjung district, Nepal are reiterating their demand that hydropower sector development in their region follow the international legal standard called Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC).
  • 24 July 2018

    World Bank announces two new appointments

    By Bretton Woods Project
    …The World Bank has previously faced criticism from civil society organisations (CSOs) about the hiring process for members of the Inspection Panel. Kindra Mohr of US-based CSO Accountability Counsel noted that, “The legitimacy and independence of the Panel are closely tied to this hiring process. Given that the Bank’s Board is currently considering how to expand the Panel’s ‘toolkit’ and enhance its ability to address community concerns, the Bank’s leadership should also update this hiring practice to ensure that the Panel is independent in both perception and reality, reflecting best practice at other international financial institutions.”