• 9 November 2021

    EBRD Accountability Mechanism starts a compliance assessment of MHP projects

    By Accountability Counsel
    Two projects of Myrinivskyi Hliboprodukt (MHP), a Ukrainian industrial agribusiness company, financed by the EBRD will be assessed for a compliance review by the bank’s Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM). Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) of the IFC is expected to begin a similar process in the coming weeks to assess the need for a full investigation into the IFC’s financing to MHP.
  • 3 November 2021

    ANZ launches human rights grievance mechanism in a first for the global banking sector

    By Accountability Counsel, BankTrack, Equitable Cambodia, Inclusive Development International, and SOMO
    Australia’s ANZ Bank today launched a Grievance Mechanism Framework to evaluate and respond to human rights related complaints associated with its corporate lending customers. This precedent-setting move makes ANZ the first large commercial bank in the world to adopt a human rights policy that gives communities harmed by ANZ-financed projects a…
  • 28 October 2021

    Leading with Values on Compensation

    By Lani Inverarity, Director of Programs & Strategy
    Accountability Counsel exists to hold international investors accountable for their impact on people and planet. Every day, we demand from those in power transparency, meaningful consultation, decision-making processes that prioritize the wellbeing of those who are most impacted, equitable compensation and benefit-sharing, and effective channels for feedback. Our legitimacy in…
  • 27 October 2021

    World Bank Board Approves Investigation into Community Concerns of Forced Eviction by the Lubigi Drainage Channel: First case in the newly established Dispute Resolution Service

    By Robi Chacha Mosenda, Communities Associate, Africa, and Caitlin Daniel, Senior Communities Associate
    With the World Bank Board’s approval, the Lubigi drainage channel case will be the first to go to the World Bank’s new Dispute Resolution Service, a recently created arm of the Bank’s accountability office that gives requesters and the borrower the opportunity to resolve concerns through a voluntary dialogue process.
  • 27 October 2021

    Transmission Tragedy in Nepal’s Lamjung District

    By Accountability Counsel
    Tomorrow, Indigenous and local community members from across Lamjung District in Nepal will meet with representatives from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for a dialogue regarding the EIB-funded Marsyangdi Corridor transmission line project, which is harming their land and livelihoods. The EIB must hear community members’ concerns and respect their demand to suspend the project until the communities’ rights are recognized.
  • 25 October 2021

    UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Development Calls for Accountability in Climate Action

    By Accountability Counsel
    Ahead of the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26), the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Development, Mr. Saad Alfarargi, released Climate Action and the Right to Development: a Participatory Approach, in which Mr. Alfaragi encourages stakeholders to adopt a more community-oriented approach to climate mitigation and…
  • 21 October 2021

    Talking Accountability at the 2021 SOCAP Conference

    By Natalie Bridgeman Fields
    Let’s zoom out a moment. Decisions about the rights and resources of local people continue to be made by officials and executives in world capitals, depriving communities of the agency and dignity they deserve. For farmers we have supported around the world, including the farmer pictured below in Liberia, a…
  • 20 October 2021

    World Bank Accountability Mechanism Publishes Interim Procedures for Dispute Resolution

    By Margaux Day, Accountability Counsel
    On October 13, 2021, the World Bank Accountability Mechanism issued Interim Operating Procedures for its new dispute resolution function, called the Dispute Resolution Service. The publication of procedures provides greater predictability to communities who avail themselves of the Accountability Mechanism to seek redress for environmental and social harm. A dispute…
  • 19 October 2021

    As the Second Annual Finance in Common Convenes to Discuss the Future of Agribusiness, Banks Must Confront a History of Environmental and Social Harm

    By Caitlin Daniel and Gregory Berry, Accountability Counsel
    Public development banks are convening once again to discuss ways to “transform development finance” and meet the challenges of climate change and worsening global economic and social disparities. Building on the commitments of last year’s inaugural Finance in Common (FiC) Summit and a joint statement by several Latin American, African, and Asian banks focused on agriculture, this year’s FiC Summit will focus on the themes of agriculture, food security, and agribusiness. To make progress on sustainable agricultural solutions, FiC institutions must confront the history and ongoing status of agricultural investments causing harm to earnestly consider risk categorizations, and they must commit to building the necessary accountability frameworks to underpin new sustainability commitments.
  • 14 October 2021

    Incorporating Accountability Counsel Feedback, Reporting on Effective Grievance Redress is Now a Feature of the Global Reporting Initiative’s Universal Standards

    By Gregory Berry, Accountability Counsel
    The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has released its updated Universal Standards for disclosure of sustainability impacts across business sectors. By reflecting principles of responsible business conduct and human rights due diligence as outlined by the OECD and the UN, the GRI Standards now include crucial stakeholder engagement and grievance redress disclosures for institutions that seek to contribute to sustainable development. Community stakeholders can look to the standards to understand sustainability reporting expectations, and they can utilize disclosures under the standards to assess how they have been or could be affected by organizational activities.
  • 13 October 2021

    IAMs and CSOs Address COVID-19’s Impact on Communities’ Access to Justice

    By Megan Pearson, Accountability Counsel
    The COVID-19 pandemic has posed challenges in all aspects and sectors of life, including in the handling of complaints of harm caused by internationally financed projects. Last month, representatives from 50 civil society organizations, including many members of the International Advocates’ Working Group, and the independent accountability mechanisms of 19 development finance institutions gathered for a virtual roundtable to discuss how to address these challenges as part of the 18th Annual Meeting of the Independent Accountability Mechanism Network.
  • 12 October 2021

    The World Bank Funds Gender Discrimination in Tanzania

    By Lani Inverarity and Caitlin Daniel, Accountability Counsel
    Tanzania is violating pregnant girls’ rights to education – to self-determination, to safety, to a future – with support from the World Bank. A recent Human Rights Watch report confirms what we have heard from partners and girls in Tanzania.
  • 4 October 2021

    African Development Bank Improves its Accountability Office to Better Serve Communities

    By Stephanie Amoako, Accountability Counsel
    The African Development Bank (AfDB) recently announced sweeping changes to its accountability office, now known as the Independent Recourse Mechanism (IRM). As a result of stakeholder engagement in the recent review of the IRM, the accountability office will now be more accessible and equitable to African communities seeking redress for negative environmental and human-rights impacts from AfDB-financed projects.
  • 27 September 2021

    The World Bank’s Accountability Mechanism Turns One: Reflections On The First Year And Expectations For The Next

    By Margaux Day, Accountability Counsel
    One year ago, in September 2020, the World Bank Board of Directors published two resolutions: one codifying updates to the Inspection Panel’s mandate, and the other establishing the Bank’s new Accountability Mechanism. The communities who have filed complaints to the Bank’s accountability office during the past year are without updated…
  • 8 September 2021

    Communities in Nepal resist forcible land acquisition by harmful EU funded infrastructure project

    By FPIC & Rights Forum, LAHURNIP, Accountability Counsel
    Communities in Western Nepal are taking action to challenge forcible land acquisition by an EU-funded hydropower project that was recently condemned by an official, independent investigation of the European Investment Bank (EIB).
  • 31 August 2021

    After the IPCC Report, What’s Next If You Want to Fund Climate Solutions? Start With Listening to Communities

    By Anirudha Nagar and Natalie Bridgeman Fields
    As the world focuses on how to reorient economies away from fossil fuels and toward solutions, there is a welcome, new focus on centering communities in climate solutions.
  • 27 August 2021

    Ugandan Government Suspends 54 NGOs in Latest Attack on Civil Society

    We are deeply concerned by the statement released by the government of Uganda last Friday announcing the suspension of 54 civil society organizations. The suspension order by the National Bureau for Non-Governmental Organisations affects organizations including environmental, human rights, religious and electoral advocacy groups. This move is the latest escalation in a rapidly worsening environment for civil society actors in Uganda over the past year.
  • 23 August 2021

    Five lessons the European Investment Bank must learn from its mistakes in an infrastructure project in Nepal

    By Brian McWalters and Sutharee Wannasiri, Accountability Counsel
    This month, Accountability Counsel provided feedback to the European Investment Bank (EIB) as part of its public consultation process to review the Bank’s draft Environmental and Social Sustainability Framework (ESSF). Our concerns and recommendations to improve the draft ESSF were grounded in our support to communities in Nepal who have waged a long struggle for an EIB funded transmission line to respect their rights.
  • 2 August 2021

    What Do We Know About Unknown Complaints?

    By Marisa Lenci, Accountability Counsel
    What are “unknown complaints,” and why are there so many of them? Research Associate Marisa Lenci explores why over two hundred complaints appear to have almost no information associated with them, where they come from, and what they mean for transparency and accountability.
  • 29 July 2021

    Impact Investors Recognize that Accountability Mechanisms Help Manage Unintended Impacts

    By Margaux Day, Accountability Counsel
    Last year, Accountability Counsel reviewed the first set of disclosures from investors who signed onto the Operating Principles for Impact Investment to see who reported having an accountability mechanism to measure unintended investment impact. We’ve undertaken that analysis again this year and see an increase in the number of Signatories…