• 3 May 2021

    Evaluation of MICI Effectiveness Published

    By Accountability Counsel
    The Inter-American Development Bank’s Office of Evaluation recently published its evaluation report of the Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism, the bank’s independent accountability mechanism.
  • 22 April 2021

    Nepal Indigenous communities vindicated in rare European human rights victory

    By FPIC & Rights Forum, LAHURNIP, Accountability Counsel
    KATHMANDU, 23 April 2021 – Indigenous Peoples and local communities in Nepal are celebrating a hard-fought victory following a landmark investigation published yesterday, which found that the European Investment Bank (EIB) must take urgent steps to uphold their right to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) in its funding of…
  • 12 April 2021

    Accountability Counsel Contributes to UN Thematic Report on Climate Investment and the Right to Development

    By Bamisope Adeyanju, Accountability Counsel Policy Fellow
    The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Development (UNSR), Mr. Saad Alfarargi, is currently preparing his 2021 report to the UN General Assembly and the UN Human Rights Council on the theme of Climate change-related policies and projects from a right to development perspective. Accountability Counsel has contributed to this forthcoming report by submitting a comment letter that highlights the important nexus between climate investment, accountability, and the right to development, and discusses how to ensure that projects aimed at fighting the climate crisis do not negatively impact vulnerable communities.
  • 26 March 2021

    Standing With Asian American / Pacific Islander (AAPI) Communities Against Hate

    By Accountability Counsel
    At Accountability Counsel, we stand with our allies in community-driven movements for justice. Today, Accountability Counsel joined a statement from our allies at Asian Americans Advancing Justice articulating a vision for a Community-Centered Response to Violence Against Asian American Communities.
  • 17 March 2021

    A Step Towards Making ESG Commitments Matter: New Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics Require Communities’ Input

    By Gregory Berry and Belén Carriedo, Accountability Counsel
    The new Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics, a product of a World Economic Forum and International Business Council initiative, are a voluntary set of ESG metrics that companies can use to guide environmental, social, and governance (ESG) reporting and measuring contributions towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Earlier this year, more than 60 companies took an important step in the right direction by committing to the Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics, including metrics that integrate the need for direct community feedback and effective grievance mechanisms to ascertain risks and respond to unintended impacts.
  • 3 March 2021

    Decolonizing Development Requires A Commitment to Accountability

    By Stephanie Amoako and Robi Chacha Mosenda, Accountability Counsel
    In a recent op-ed, Foreign Aid is Having A Reckoning, the Editorial Board of The New York Times highlighted discussions happening around the world, and in Africa in particular, about the need to “decolonize” development and center decision-making in the hands of local communities. From our experience working with communities in Africa and across the globe, we know that accountability to communities impacted by development projects is one crucial component of community-led development.
  • 17 February 2021

    Review Team Recommends Important Reforms to the AfDB’s Accountability Framework; More is Needed to Ensure Remedy for Communities

    By Stephanie Amoako, Accountability Counsel
    The African Development Bank (AfDB) is one of the largest development finance investors in Africa, committing $7.1 billion in 2018 alone to fund development projects in Africa. But what happens when these projects negatively impact the very communities that are meant to benefit? Unfortunately, negative impacts are not a hypothetical.…
  • 16 February 2021

    Welcoming Vanessa Barboni Hallik to Accountability Counsel’s Board

    By Accountability Counsel
    We are pleased to announce that Vanessa Barboni Hallik has joined Accountability Counsel’s Board of Directors. Vanessa comes to Accountability Counsel with a range of expertise that deeply supports our mission and the communities we serve. 
  • 8 January 2021

    This is America. Where is Accountability?

    By Natalie Bridgeman Fields, Accountability Counsel
    At Accountability Counsel, we will continue to shine a light on the power structures that operate with impunity, within the US and elsewhere. We will persist in our demand for accountability of these structures. We will maintain our call for transparency so that power cannot wield misinformation as a weapon. We will amplify the voices of communities who have been silenced and ignored.
  • 5 January 2021

    U.S. Congress Requires USAID to Create an Accountability Mechanism

    By Margaux Day, Accountability Counsel
    In late December 2020, when the United States Congress passed its appropriations legislation to fund the government, it issued an accompanying explanatory statement that requires the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to establish an accountability mechanism. This is welcome news for those who want USAID’s projects to be successful…
  • 22 December 2020

    Independent Panel Reports On WWF And Makes Case For Accountability

    By Margaux Day, Accountability Counsel
    An independent panel of experts has reviewed some of World Wide Fund for Nature’s conservation projects alleged to have contributed to human rights abuses. A key recommendation from the review is to establish an effective accountability mechanism to strengthen compliance and ensure communities have redress for project harms. WWF should…
  • 11 December 2020

    Senate Subcommittee Takes Important Step to Address USAID’s Accountability Gap In Appropriations Bill

    By Stephanie Amoako, Accountability Counsel
    Soon Congress might address a long-standing accountability gap in upcoming appropriations legislation. In its draft bill, a Senate appropriations subcommittee took a critical step towards strengthening accountability at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) by requiring the agency to establish an accountability mechanism. We applaud the Senate subcommittee for…
  • 10 December 2020

    Nouveau rapport, Redevabilité en Afrique : Préjudices causés par les flux financiers internationaux et recommandations

    By Accountability Counsel et African Coalition for Corporate Accountability
    Aujourd’hui, à l’occasion de la Journée internationale des droits de l’homme, Accountability Counsel et la Coalition africaine pour la redevabilité des entreprises (ACCA) lançons notre nouveau rapport intitulé : Redevabilité en Afrique : Effets préjudiciables des flux financiers internationaux et stratégies de soutien à l’accès aux recours par les communautés.
  • 10 December 2020

    New Report, Accountability in Africa, Examines Harm From International Financial Flows and Recommends Action

    By Accountability Counsel and African Coalition for Corporate Accountability
    Today, on Human Rights Day, Accountability Counsel and African Coalition for Corporate Accountability launch our new report, Accountability in Africa: Harm from International Financial Flows and Strategies for Supporting Community-Led Access to Remedy.
  • 1 December 2020

    AC Joins 26 Partners to Push Back Against Illegitimate Consultation Process on DFC’s Transparency and Board Public Engagement Policies

    By Stephanie Amoako, Accountability Counsel
    Although transparency and stakeholder engagement are pillars for an effective development finance institution, the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)’s recent consultation on its draft transparency and board public engagement policies does not indicate a commitment to these pillars. DFC only provided two weeks for the public to comment on…
  • 25 November 2020

    Disclosures For IFC’s Impact Principles Reveal Obvious Next Step For Accountability

    By Margaux Day, Accountability Counsel
    The ever-growing field of impact investing seeks to transform traditional investing by focusing on positive impacts — such as increasing the use of renewable energy — and not just financial returns. As the field has evolved, a key question has emerged: how do we best measure and manage both positive…
  • 23 November 2020

    Recommendations on the AIIB’s Environmental and Social Framework

    By Accountability Counsel
    Earlier this month, Accountability Counsel joined over 50 partners in the Asia region and elsewhere in a submission on the Environmental and Social Framework of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
  • 13 November 2020

    Accountability Counsel and Partners Advance Recommendations for Strengthened Accountability at the African Development Bank

    By Stephanie Amoako, Accountability Counsel
    The African Development Bank (AfDB) is currently in the process of reviewing the effectiveness of its office for addressing complaints related to its financing, the Independent Review Mechanism (IRM). Accountability Counsel and 53 partners from Africa and around the world recently submitted recommendations to ensure that the IRM is an effective tool to remedy impacts from AfDB projects.
  • 12 November 2020

    Accountability Counsel’s Vision for U.S. Government Leadership on Accountability to People Harmed By U.S. Financial Flows

    By Accountability Counsel
    We welcome the news that U.S. voters have chosen Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the next President and Vice President of the United States. The Biden-Harris administration will guide the next phase of U.S. leadership at institutions that impact the human rights and environment of people in communities around the…
  • 9 November 2020

    The Need for Human Rights Commitments and Assurances in Development Finance – A Letter to Finance in Common Participants

    By Accountability Counsel
    The second week of November 2020 marks the first ever convention of “public development banks” concerned with the health and economic crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as with achieving sustainable development objectives. Called the Finance in Common Summit, the event is intended to coalesce the agendas of banks, governments, and other stakeholders to prioritize sustainable recovery measures and push finance toward a “future we want.” But who is included amongst “we”?