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 maintain the Accountability Console, a comprehensive database of community complaints filed with independent accountability mechanisms about the impacts of internationally financed projects.
21 November, 2023International Finance Corporation, the World Bank’s private sector arm, comes under fire over its handling of allegations that teachers abused children at schools in Kenya.
8 November, 2023Accountability Counsel joins hundreds of organizations calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.
7 November, 2023As the IDB Group embarks upon adopting a new Institutional Strategy, the IDB should learn lessons from its independent accountability mechanism to ensure that its new seven-year strategy prioritizes improving community impact in addition to focusing on growth.
29 October, 2023Asian Development Bank president Masatsugu Asakawa makes the case for the bank to “do more and act faster.” We note that he doesn’t make the case for doing better.
26 October, 2023“IFC thinks of the borrowers as its client, and not the communities affected by its investments. They think their job is to protect the client at all costs but they are a development bank, not CitiBank,” says David Hunter, Accountability Counsel board member.