• 19 August 2016

    World Bank Covers Up Human Rights Abuses in Nepal: Silencing Community Voices

    For nearly a decade now, local communities, including indigenous peoples, affected by the World Bank-funded Khimti-Dhalkebar Transmission Line (KDTL) have been protesting the KDTL project in Nepal’s Sindhuli district. While construction of the transmission line was suspended in Sindhuli for several years, in the past year, authorities have used violence against local people to resume construction by force.
  • 11 August 2016

    ESCR-Net asks Government of Nepal to Respect the Rights of Communities Affected by World Bank Project

    On 10 August, 2016, the International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net) sent a collective letter to the Government of Nepal to express concern regarding the reported and threatened human rights violations in connection with the World Bank-funded Khimti-Dhalkebar 220 kV Transmission Line Project, in the Sindhuli District,…
  • 8 August 2016

    Meet Gabriela Acosta

    Gabriela Acosta lives with her family in one of the areas worst-affected by noise from El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá, Colombia. She suffers grave hearing loss that negatively affects her speech and her academic development. This is her story, told to us by her father: “My name is Julio…
  • 13 July 2016

    The Human Cost of Airports

    When we talk about airports, we don’t often talk about the harm to those living nearby. The families trying to sleep, to talk to one another, to concentrate on their work or study; those suffering severe physical and psychological stress, including hearing loss, cardiovascular disease, and insomnia; and those simply…
  • 7 July 2016

    Open Letter to World Bank President Kim: Development at Gunpoint

    Accountability Counsel along with Lawyers’ Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP) sent an open letter to World Bank President Kim on behalf of communities in the Sindhuli district of Nepal affected by a World Bank-funded Transmission Line Project. In the past year, the situation in Sindhuli has…
  • 1 July 2016

    Comments to the World Bank’s Grievance Redress Service

    On July 1st, Accountability Counsel and 8 partner organizations submitted a comment letter to the World Bank’s Grievance Redress Service (GRS).  The comment urges the World Bank to ensure that the GRS is predictable, transparent, and accessible. In particular, our comments on the GRS Draft Operating Procedures request that the…
  • 16 June 2016

    Accountability Counsel Presents in Workshop of Accountability Mechanism and Civil Society

    Last week, Lani Inverarity represented Accountability Counsel at el Taller Mecanismos de Rendición de Cuentas y Sociedad Civil (Workshop of Accountability Mechanisms and Civil Society) in México City.  The workshop was co-hosted by civil society organizations FUNDAR, el Centro de Colaboración Cívica, and el Grupo Regional sobre Financiamento e Infraestructura,…
  • 15 June 2016

    Accountability Counsel Joins Organizations in Open Letter Calling on Brands to Improve Wages of Tea Workers in Assam

    Accountability Counsel joins civil society organizations concerned about labor rights issues on tea plantations in Assam in signing an open letter to coincide with TEAM UP 2016, a conference on tea and sustainability taking place in London on June 14, 2016. The letter is targeted at brands and retailers purchasing Assam tea and expresses…
  • 13 June 2016

    Welcoming Summer 2016 Law & Policy Fellows, Interns

      Accountability Counsel welcomes our 2016 Law & Policy Fellows and Intern class who will be working with us this summer on our cases and policy initiatives around the world. This experienced group comes to us having previously worked in Mongolia, Guatemala, Mexico and Ghana.
  • 8 June 2016

    Accountability Counsel’s Code of Ethics Now Available for Public View

    Accountability Counsel is pleased to share a Code of Ethics that memorializes an approach our organization has long used toward our work in communities. We worked with a number of our civil society colleagues through the International Advocates Working Group to adapt the language in the Code with permission from the Community…
  • 11 May 2016

    Accountability Counsel Joins Over 300 Organizations in Letter to World Bank President Kim

    Accountability Counsel joins over 300 organizations from around the world in signing an open letter to World Bank’s President Dr. Jim Yong Kim, in response to a statement he made during an event at the Union Theological Seminary in New York. In answering a question about the impacts of large dam projects as illustrated…
  • 29 April 2016

    AC Travels to Nepal to Investigate Violence at Peaceful Protest

    Accountability Counsel team members Komala Ramachandra and Anirudha Nagar just returned from the Sindhuli District in Nepal, where they traveled to investigate the recent violence that erupted April 10th, 2016 as communities peacefully protested a World Bank-funded transmission line project.
  • 25 April 2016

    Letter to President Obama Urging Reform of the US OECD National Contact Point Through National Action Plan Submission

    Accountability Counsel submitted a Letter to President Obama today urging reform of the US OECD National Contact Point.  Accountability Counsel reiterated and updated recommendations we made to the US Government over a year ago as part of the National Action Plan process. We expect the final US National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct to be released soon and hope our recommendations are reflected in the plan.  
  • 18 April 2016

    Announcing South Asia Consultant Siddharth Akali

    Accountability Counsel is pleased to announce that Siddharth Akali will be joining our team as a consultant, collaborating with us on our work in South Asia.
  • 13 April 2016

    Nepal Arrests and Beats Peaceful Protesters Over World Bank-funded Power Project

    Last week, the government of Nepal indicated that they wanted to restart construction on the World Bank-financed Khimti-Dhalkebar high-voltage transmission line project that had been halted as a result of community complaints. This led to protests by affected communities on April 10, 2016, when about 160 people took part in a peaceful sit-in outside government offices.
  • 8 April 2016

    Supporting Colombian Communities re Harmful Airport Expansion Financed by the Inter-American Development Bank

    Last week, three Accountability Counsel team members traveled to Colombia to support our local partners, community-based organization Comunidades Unidas, during an investigation into their case.
  • 6 April 2016

    World Bank Engagement in Nepal

    In a Bretton Woods Project blog post out this week, Powerless: a call for World Bank community engagement in Nepal, Accountability Counsel’s South Asia Director, Komala Ramachandra, and our Nepali partner at LAHURNIP, Shankar Limbu, argue that the “World Bank has a unique opportunity to remedy its part in numerous safeguard breaches, to prevent future and potentially grave human rights violations in its projects, and to take a leadership role in building positive and inclusive development outcomes in Nepal.”
  • 17 February 2016

    Accountability Counsel Announces Two New Board Members

    Brent comes to us with deep experience in strategy and expertise in growing organizations to scale. Currently a senior member of the Global Partnerships team at Yahoo, Brent is a recognized thought leader in the field of digital media.
  • 10 February 2016

    Water Disputes Persist as Rio Tinto Pushes Ahead with New Mega Mine

    A new report released today by a group of international NGOs including Accountability Counsel finds that Rio Tinto’s new planned mine, situated on the world’s largest undeveloped copper deposit in the Gobi desert of Mongolia, will have big impacts on the land and water resources of some of the last remaining nomadic herder groups.
  • 10 December 2015

    Investigation in IDB-funded Colombia Case Will Move Forward

    This week, the Inter-American Development Bank’s independent accountability office, called MICI, announced that an investigation will move forward of the Bank’s role in severe harm to human health caused by expansion of the El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá, Colombia.