• 7 February 2019

    Indigenous Communities Appeal to the UN to Help Rectify an “Ethnocide”

    By Tracy Barnett, Intercontinental Cry
    This article covers the Ngäbe-Buglé communities’ fight against the Barro Blanco Hydroelectric Dam in Panama, including their complaint to the United Nations Development Programme’s accountability office, the Social and Environmental Compliance Unit (SECU). Accountability Counsel provides context on SECU and the independent accountability office landscape in the article. More information about our recent advocacy to ensure that SECU and its counterpart, the Stakeholder Response Mechanism, are effective avenues for remedy and accountability can be found on our Policy page.
  • 7 February 2019

    WB watchdog flays failure to deliver on commitments to tea workers

    By The Assam Tribune
    In this article, the Assam Tribune covers our case in Assam highlighting the CAO monitoring report which found that the International Finance Corporation and Tata Group plantations have failed to deliver on commitments to address serious health and safety concerns facing the 155,000 people that live and work on tea plantations it owns in India’s North East.
  • 6 February 2019

    Pregnant women are risking their lives to bring people tea

    By Swati Gupta, CNN
    In this CNN article, Swati Gupta covers the gendered impacts of serious health and safety issues rampant on tea plantations in Assam, some of which are owned by IFC and Tata Global.
  • 4 February 2019

    Fem bra saker som hände i januari

    By OmVärlden
    Bönder får rätt i marktvist på Haiti, miljontals träd har planterats i Myanmar och entreprenörskap i Ghana tar itu med plastskräpet. Det är några av januaris hoppfulla nyheter.
  • 4 February 2019

    IFC failed to ensure workers’ safety at APPL plantations: WB investigator

    By Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava, Business Standard
    In this article, Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava highlights the findings of the World Bank’s official investigator in which the IFC had failed to address the health and safety concerns of thousands of workers and their families living in Tata group’s tea plantations in India’s Northeast. Accountability Counsel will continue to support and advocate for tea workers in Assam.
  • 29 January 2019

    Displaced farmers’ coalition reclaims their road to sustainable livelihoods years after Haiti’s devastating earthquake

    By Janine Mendes-Franco, Global Voices
    In this article, Janine Mendes-Franco tells the story of a recent victory in Haiti involving a collective of farmers, who were adversely impacted by a bank-financed industrial park, and won a settlement with the Inter-American Development Bank and the Haitian government. Accountability Counsel supported the Haitian farmers throughout the negotiation process and will continue to support the implementation phase.
  • 23 January 2019

    Empowering the Powerless and Changing The World From The Bottom-Up: Natalie Bridgeman Fields

    By The Impossible Network
    AC’s Founder & Executive Director Natalie Bridgeman Fields is featured as a guest in the latest episode of The Impossible Network podcast.
  • 14 January 2019

    Haiti Farmers Demanded Justice After Losing Their Land – Their Victory Shows What Empowering Workers Can Achieve

    By Lani Inverarity, Accountability Counsel, in Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
    In this BHRRC article, AC’s Lani Inverarity reflects on the historic agreement reached by a group of Haitian farmers last month, and how the 2010 earthquake anniversary now holds the possibility of transformation and renewal.
  • 11 January 2019

    Haiti Update: Grassroots Victory in Caracol

    By Tom Ricker, Quixote Center
    In this article, Tom Ricker describes the historic agreements reached by a collective of farmers in Northeast Haiti to restore livelihoods that were lost when they were displaced for an industrial park. Accountability Counsel supported the Haitian farmers to reach these agreements through a dialogue with a development bank that financed…
  • 11 January 2019

    IDB Settles Accountability Case in Haiti, Granting Land to Farmers

    By Teresa Welsh, Devex
    In this article, Teresa Welsh highlights the recent victory in Haiti where a group of farmers, who were adversely impacted by a bank-financed industrial park, won a settlement with the Inter-American Development Bank and the Haitian government. Accountability Counsel supported the Haitian farmers throughout the negotiation process and will continue to support the implementation phase.
  • 10 January 2019

    Coalition Members Comment on Resignation of World Bank President

    By Coalition for Human Rights in Development
    The President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, announced he is stepping down from his position this February 1, 2019 to take a position with Global Infrastructure Partners, a private investment firm that did extensive business with the Bank during Kim’s tenure.
  • 9 January 2019

    Former Pathways Intern Continues Work to Protect Human and Environmental Rights

    By Sydney Speizman, Accountability Counsel, in The Kenan Institute for Ethics
    In this article, as a former Pathways Intern, Sydney Speizman reflects on her experience working at Accountability Counsel as the Executive Coordinator.
  • 20 December 2018

    The Upside Weekly Report

    By The Guardian
    Haitian farmers we supported and their recent victory is featured as this week’s upside in The Guardian’s Upside Weekly Report, 14 December 2018.
  • 20 December 2018

    Three Community Feedback Tools for Impact Investors

    By Gayle Peterson, Stanford Social Innovation Review
    In this SSIR article, Gayle Peterson discusses three community feedback tools for impact investors. Accountability Counsel’s Liberia case is highlighted in this article.
  • 11 December 2018

    Protecting Communities’ Rights in Africa: Reflections on the 2018 ACCA General Assembly

    By Stephanie Amoako, Accountability Counsel, in African Coalition for Corporate Accountability
    In this article, Policy Associate Stephanie Amoako reflects on the 2018 African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA) General Assembly which took place in Nairobi, Kenya. This year’s General Assembly focused on Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC), where participants charted a way forward for empowering communities whose lives will be affected by projects in Africa.
  • 11 December 2018

    U.K. Companies Can Help Break the Cycle of Poverty Wages on Assam’s Tea Plantations

    By Anirudha Nagar, Accountability Counsel, in CORE Coalition
    In this article, Asia Director Anirudha Nagar discusses the grim reality facing workers on tea estates in Assam and the role of British tea companies in ensuring protection of workers’ rights. Accountability Counsel, CORE Coalition and other civil society organizations are urging major British tea brands and retailers that source tea from Assam to help break the cycle of poverty wages.
  • 6 December 2018

    Inspection Panel and Compliance Ombudsman Advisor reviews: Will World Bank fill the half-empty glass?

    By Bretton Woods Project
    In this article, Bretton Woods Project highlights last month’s meeting of the Independent Accountability Mechanisms Network (IAMnet) in Washington, D.C. The article underscores civil society organisations’ call for the World Bank Group to use its Inspection Panel (IPN) and Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) reviews to address existing accountability gaps.
  • 29 November 2018

    Web of Concerns Over Transmission Lines in Nepal

    By Siddharth Akali, Accountability Counsel, & Shankar Limbu, LAHURNIP, in The Third Pole
    Our Asia Communities Consultant Siddharth Akali and partner Shankar Limbu of LAHURNIP call on the European Union to ensure that communities in Nepal are made whole on the loss they suffer as a result of its transmission lines and associated hydropower sector development.
  • 27 November 2018

    What Made a World Bank Team go to Jharkhand (विश्व बैंक की टीम को क्यों जाना पड़ा झारखंड)

    By Ravi Prakash (रवि प्रकाश), BBC News Hindi
    पानी पर हक़ और ‘हिस्सेदारी’ के सवाल पर गिद्धीझोपड़ी गांव में बवाल मचा है. पूर्वी सिंहभूम ज़िले के गोलमुरी प्रखंड का ये गांव झारखंड के औद्योगिक शहर जमशेदपुर से कुछ ही किलोमीटर की दूरी पर बसा है. क़रीब 2500 लोगों की आबादी वाले इस गांव में अधिकतर घर संथाली आदिवासियों…
  • 21 November 2018

    Pillars for the Future of Development Finance in Asia

    By Stephanie Amoako, Accountability Counsel, for NGO Forum on ADB’s Bankwatch
    Our Policy Associate, Stephanie Amoako’s, recent article, “Pillars for the Future of Development Finance in Asia,” is featured in the October 2018 issue of NGO Forum on ADB’s Bankwatch publication. In the article, Amoako calls on the Asian Development Bank to prioritize community engagement and access to effective remedy at the forefront as it looks to the future of development finance in Asia. Read the full article here.