• 17 February 2015

    World Bank Refuses to Consider Haitian Communities’ Complaint about New Mining Law

    Last week, the World Bank Inspection Panel refused to consider a complaint from Haitian communities about the Bank’s support for development of the mining sector in Haiti. Communities affected by mining activity and the Justice in Mining Collective, a group of six Haitian civil society organizations, submitted the complaint in…
  • 2 February 2015

    Accountability Counsel Raises Concerns about EBRD’s Hiring Process for Key Accountability Position

    Accountability Counsel and partner civil society organizations sent a letter to the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) expressing concerns about the hiring process for the EBRD’s Project Complaint Mechanism (PCM) Officer position.
  • 30 January 2015

    Media Reports Question Accountability at OPIC

    A series of media reports came out this week calling attention to the lack of accountability at the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).  The relatively unknown agency handles an $18 billion development portfolio and its operations have faced little scrutiny until recently.
  • 19 January 2015

    Accountability Counsel Elected to Join OECD Watch Coordination Committee

    Accountability Counsel was recently elected to join the OECD Watch Coordination Committee (CC).  OECD Watch, a global network of non-governmental organizations that advocates for the implementation of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, voted for Accountability Counsel along with two other organizations to serve in the three-year CC positions.
  • 15 January 2015

    Accountability Counsel Submits Comments on U.S. National Action Plan

    Accountability Counsel submitted comments today to Secretary of State John Kerry as part of the development of the U.S. National Action Plan (NAP) on Responsible Business Conduct.
  • 7 January 2015

    Haitian Communities File Complaint about World Bank-Supported Mining Law

    Haitian communities and organizations filed a complaint with the World Bank regarding Bank-supported activities to develop Haiti’s mining sector today. The complaint alleges that the Haitian populace has been left out of World Bank-funded efforts by the Haitian government to draft new mining legislation intended to attract foreign investors to…
  • 5 January 2015

    UNDP Establishes a New Grievance Mechanism

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced the creation of a new dispute resolution mechanism on January 1, 2015.
  • 23 December 2014

    IDB Complaint Office Releases Revised Policy

    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has just released a revised policy (Español) governing its Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism.  Accountability Counsel played a lead role in advocating for policy changes and submitted comments as part of the review process.  Our analysis of will be coming soon here.
  • 17 December 2014

    Congress and the White House Hold OPIC Accountable for Problems Uncovered in Our Liberia Case

    Late last night, President Obama signed the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, which includes provisions in an explanatory statement requiring the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) to address serious accountability gaps revealed in an investigation report regarding a failed biomass project in Liberia.
  • 16 December 2014

    Appropriations Legislation Delivers Victory for Vulnerable Communities

    WASHINGTON, DC, Dec. 22, 2014—On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, President Obama signed the FY2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill[1] into law, securing a victory for communities in Liberia and environmental and human rights advocates. The law includes provisions in an explanatory statement that hold the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) accountable…
  • 2 December 2014

    Accountability Counsel Participates in UN Global Forum for Business and Human Rights

    Accountability Counsel’s South Asia Director Komala Ramachandra and Policy Director Kindra Mohr attended the third annual UN Global Forum for Business and Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • 25 November 2014

    Colombia Airport Complaint Found Eligible for Compliance Review

    Last week, the accountability office of the Inter-American Development (IDB) found our Colombia case eligible for compliance review.  Accountability Counsel has been assisting Comunidades Unidas, a community-based organization located in the locality of Fontibón, Bogotá, in their complaint regarding serious noise pollution caused by the IDB-funded expansion of the El Dorado International Airport.
  • 24 November 2014

    Concerns Raised About the World Bank’s Approach to Mining in Haiti

    Last week, five Haitian organizations, with assistance from Accountability Counsel and the NYU School of Law Global Justice Clinic, submitted a letter to the World Bank expressing serious concerns with the Bank’s involvement in the Haitian mining sector.
  • 21 November 2014

    Promoting a Strong Standard for Project-Level Grievance Mechanisms in the Mining Industry

    Today, Accountability Counsel submitted comments on a new draft international standard of best practices for mining industry projects. The standard, which is being developed by the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA), includes requirements that all mining projects maintain a project-level grievance mechanism to review and address complaints from affected communities, and that each grievance mechanism meet certain criteria.
  • 15 October 2014

    Independent Review Reveals U.S. Agency’s Role in Harming Communities in Liberia

    The U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) recently released a revealing independent investigation report describing its role a failed biomass project that harmed hundreds of Liberian farmers, charcoal producers and workers.
  • 15 October 2014

    Independent Report Confirms U.S. Agency’s Role in Harm to Communities in Liberia: Remedy Still in Question

    Oct. 15, 2014—A U.S. federal agency, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (“OPIC”) recently released a revealing independent investigation report describing its role in a failed biomass project in Liberia. OPIC approved over US$200 million in financing for the project, operated by Buchanan Renewables. Read full press release here.
  • 1 October 2014

    Historic Dialogue Report in Mexico

    We are pleased to share our new brochure, “Mexico: The Cerro de Oro Project”, which reports on the historic victory in this Accountability Counsel case.  Accountability Counsel supported three communities in Oaxaca, Mexico in their efforts to prevent the Cerro de Oro Hydroelectric Project from causing contamination of their drinking water and fishing areas, and other threats to their livelihoods and culture.  To read more about the case, please visit our Cerro de Oro case page.
  • 15 September 2014

    Reviewing the Status of Human Rights in the United States

    Today, Accountability Counsel submitted a report to the United Nations’ Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United States.  Our submission focuses on actions that the U.S. should take to promote access to remedy for business-related human rights abuse, in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.  Read more on our UPR policy page.
  • 15 September 2014

    A Critique of the Inter-American Development Bank’s New Accountability Policy

    Accountability Counsel, along with a coalition of other groups throughout Latin America and beyond, registered our deep concerns with the latest revision of the Policy governing the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) accountability mechanism, the Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism (ICIM).
  • 3 September 2014

    Welcoming Our Newest Board Members, Shashi Buluswar and Julia Shepardson

    Accountability Counsel is pleased to welcome two new Board members to our team, Shashi Buluswar and Julia Shepardson.  Both come to us with decades of diverse experience in global issues and development, as well as expertise in strategy and non-profit management. Please join us in welcoming Shashi and Julia!