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  • 27 January, 2023

    DFIs Are Not Transparent and This Hurts Local Communities

    By Stephanie Amoako, Accountability Counsel
    This week, Publish What You Fund, launched its first DFI Transparency Index, the culmination of years of work to ensure that development finance institutions (DFIs) are transparent to stakeholders. The overwhelming conclusion of this year’s Index is that DFIs are largely not transparent, and this needs to improve. We have seen the devastating impacts of the lack of disclosure of information of DFI activities to affected communities and call on DFIs to respond to the Index by increasing their transparency and accountability to those most affected by their activities.
  • 24 January, 2023

    What’s rest got to do with it? The confessions of a recovering workaholic

    By Robi Chacha Mosenda, Accountability Counsel
    This year marks seven years of my work in the human rights space. Throughout these years, my work has been fulfilling in so many ways – and I have also struggled so much with regard to rest, recovery, and unplugging.
  • 23 January, 2023

    A Welcome Update for the United Nations Development Programme’s (Sort of) Independent Accountability Mechanism

    By Gregory Berry, Accountability Counsel
    A confounding trend of institutional defensiveness against Independent Accountability Mechanisms means that every review of an IAM policy risks resulting in weakened rather than improved tools for accountability. With this in mind, Accountability Counsel and endorsing organizations wrote to the United Nations Development Programme’s Social and Environmental Compliance Unit to commend certain proposed updates to its operational guidelines, as well as to challenge fundamental issues that stand to undermine its effectiveness for communities and the UNDP alike.
  • 19 January, 2023

    Accountability Counsel and Inclusive Development International advise on new Chinese-led accountability mechanism for the mining sector

    By Accountability Counsel and Inclusive Development International
    As the first mechanism of its kind established by a Chinese industry association, the Responsible Critical Mineral Initiative’s new accountability mechanism has the potential to be a significant advancement in the corporate accountability landscape.
  • 17 January, 2023

    Who decides what is effective in Effective Altruism?

    By Margaux Day, Accountability Counsel
    In the weeks following the FTX collapse, some of the scrutiny has turned to Effective Altruism – but instead of asking whether to condemn or support the movement, the more crucial question is one that applies far beyond: who defines what effective giving is in the first place?

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