We support communities to use their own power to demand
justice on equal footing with corporations and institutions.
We use the lessons from our community work to create
policy change to prevent future harm.
Making Rules Matter
We accompany communities as they hold corporations
and institutions to the global rules meant to protect their rights.
Exposing Patterns Through Data
We track and analyze how accountability offices
function to enable informed advocacy toward best practice.
Accountability Counsel amplifies the voices of communities around the world to protect their human rights and environment. As advocates for people harmed by internationally financed projects, we employ community driven and policy level strategies to access justice.
Our impact includes redesigned projects that now reflect community needs, harm stopped and prevented to defend water resources, and agreements resulting in compensation.
We advocate for the world's 66 accountability offices to be independent, transparent, fair, and effective. We have improved policy and practice at development institutions, U.N. agencies, and within the OECD.
We created and run the Accountability Console, a comprehensive database of community complaints filed with independent accountability mechanisms about the impacts of internationally financed projects.
29 September, 2020Last week, Accountability Counsel and 22 civil society organizations joined independent accountability mechanism representatives from 17 development finance institutions for a multifaceted and deep discussion of complaint eligibility issues that can hinder community access to justice. The International Advocates’ Working Group and the Independent Accountability Mechanisms Network coordinated the virtual roundtable event.
24 September, 2020Making sure that communities have the technical support they need to defend their rights is a fundamental component of Accountability Counsel’s work. We share two videos, created in collaboration with our partners at True Costs Initiative, which highlight the important and ongoing work of incorporating cultural knowledge and local expertise in concepts of science and technical expertise to further human and environmental rights.
24 September, 2020The Inter-American Development Bank recently concluded a review of the environmental and social safeguards that regulate its public-sector financing activities. Among the many changes to the Environmental and Social Policy Framework are notable improvements that will enhance the bank’s accountability to local communities affected by its financing activities.
23 September, 2020The board of directors for the African Development Bank recently announced the first public consultation period for the review of the AfDB’s accountability office, the Independent Review Mechanism. Accountability Counsel will work with partners on the African continent and around the world to submit recommendations during the consultation to ensure that the IRM is an effective accountability tool for communities affected by AfDB financing.
23 September, 2020The final report of the external review of environmental and social accountability at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) makes critical recommendations to enhance the transparency and sustainability of the IFC’s financial intermediary (FI) portfolio. The IFC invests billions of dollars into FI clients such as commercial banks, private equity funds…