• 30 September 2021

    Promoting Access to Justice Through Community-led Approaches

    There are about 5 billion people globally whose justice needs are unmet, including those who cannot obtain justice for everyday problems, those who are excluded from opportunities the law provides, and those who live in extreme conditions of injustice. This article summarizes key takeaways from MCLD’s recent discussion on access to justice, featuring AC’s Stephanie Amoako.
  • 24 September 2021

    African Development Bank adopts new policy to strengthen accountability and support people affected by its operations

    By APO Group on behalf of African Development Bank Group
    The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org) have approved a new policy framework for the Independent Recourse Mechanism (IRM) aimed at strengthening accountability and providing more effective recourse to people affected by Bank-financed operations.
  • 22 September 2021

    World Bank’s new Accountability Mechanism: One step forward…?

    By Bretton Woods Project
    While civil society has welcomed the creation of a dispute resolution mechanism, it has voiced concerns that the Accountability Mechanism’s structure may undermine the Inspection Panel’s independence, and lamented the lack of a mechanism for provision of remedy to affected communities.
  • 17 August 2021

    How can the IDB and MICI effectively address the findings of OVE’s report?

    By Carolina Juaneda, Bank Information Center, and Accountability Counsel
    BIC, Accountability Counsel, and several other partners provided the IDB with recommendations on how to effectively implement the Office of Evaluations and Oversight’s (OVE) Evaluation of the Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism (MICI). The IDB must strengthen MICI’s independence, capacity, and corrective action practices to enhance the mechanism’s legitimacy and ability to provide remedy to project-affected communities.
  • 6 August 2021

    Ugandan community files complaint to World Bank amid forced evictions

    By Rumbi Chakamba, Devex
    During the first phase, in 2014, authorities constructed a channel diversion which Accountability Counsel — an international civil society organization that advocates for communities harmed by projects like this — said ran through the land of many local residents in Kawaala, as well as cut others off from easy access to schools and basic services.
  • 14 July 2021

    We need fair compensation! Kawaala residents run to World Bank over KCCA’s forced eviction

    By Catherine Apolot, Watchdog News
    The community members in Kawaala Zone II in Kampala, Uganda have filed a complaint to the World Bank’s Inspection Panel following attempts to evict them from their homes and farmland without adequate compensation. The eviction is aimed at paving way for the Lubigi drainage channel expansion.
  • 13 July 2021

    Civil society calls for IFC and MIGA to build upon CAO reform

    By Bretton Woods Project
    On 1 July, the board of directors of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank’s private sector lending arm, and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the World Bank’s political risk insurance arm, announced that it had finalised the development of a new policy for the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO), the independent accountability mechanism of IFC and MIGA.
  • 9 July 2021

    Kawaala residents protest expansion of Lubigi channel, want fair compensation

    By UG News 24
    Community members in Kawaala Zone II in Kampala, Uganda have filed a complaint to the World Bank’s Inspection Panel following attempts to evict them from their homes and farmland without adequate compensation.The eviction is intended to make way for the expansion of the Lubigi drainage channel, a project funded by the World Bank.
  • 2 July 2021

    Activists cautiously optimistic about new IFC accountability policy

    By Shabtai Gold, Devex
    The International Finance Corporation’s new accountability policy came into effect Thursday, the culmination of a yearslong process that included a landmark case the institution lost before the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • 23 June 2021

    EU Energy Project in Nepal Sets Landmark Precedent on Indigenous Consent

    By Anirudha Nagar, Accountability Counsel
    Indigenous rights are at a critical crossroads after communities in Nepal have succeeded in holding the European Union’s investment bank accountable for its role in forcibly constructing a hydropower project on Indigenous land.
  • 2 June 2021

    Everything in its place: From stolen art to endangered monkeys

    By Lindsey McGinnis, Christian Science Monitor
    In a win for local Indigenous groups, the European Investment Bank (EIB) vowed to address gaps in the implementation of a hydropower project in central Nepal.
  • 2 June 2021

    Agency in Hot Water for Financing Fracking in the Dark

    By Kaila Philo, Courthouse News Service
    Stephanie Amoako is a senior policy associate with the Accountability Counsel, which advocates for people harmed by the kinds of projects supported by OPIC and the DFC. “The DFC should welcome any opportunity to increase transparency and accountability to the public,” Amoako said in a phone call, “particularly those most affected by the projects.”
  • 12 May 2021

    How JPMorgan’s DFI invested and defined its impact in its first year

    By Adva Saldinger, Devex
    J.P. Morgan recently released its first annual report on its year-old development finance institution. Accountability Counsel’s policy director, Margaux Day, discusses the need for J.P. Morgan’s development finance institution to develop an accountability mechanism to ensure it can effectively manage unintended risks and impacts.
  • 4 May 2021

    Report criticizes EIB over Nepal energy project

    By Vince Chadwick, Devex
    In its report released last month, the European Investment Bank’s Complaints Mechanism found a series of problems, including environmental assessment shortcomings, no stakeholder engagement plan, poor outreach to local Indigenous people, and no evidence of that community’s endorsement for the project.
  • 30 April 2021

    Rare win for Nepal indigenous groups as EIB admits ‘gaps’ in hydropower project

    By Rina Chandran, Thomson Reuters Foundation
    The European Investment Bank (EIB) has pledged to address gaps in the implementation of a power project in Nepal, handing a rare victory to Indigenous groups and local communities who had raised concerns about being uprooted from their land.
  • 14 April 2021

    As Impact Investing Grows, So Do Expectations

    By Andrew Mayeda, IFC Insights
    The industry needs to do a better job being accountable to communities directly impacted by projects, as individuals living near and working at investment sites bear the most risk if an investment has unintended environmental and social consequences, said Margaux Day, Policy Director at Accountability Counsel.
  • 25 March 2021

    This Tiny Fishing Town Was Poisoned By a Coal Plant. The Government Is Trying to Replace it With a Mine.

    By Leah Feiger and Raksha Vasudevan, Vice World News
    When local communities complain about projects, their adversaries are powerful, and complaint structures can be incredibly opaque and burdensome.
  • 20 January 2021

    Accountability in Action – Three Lessons in Centering Communities

    By Samer Araabi, Accountability Counsel
    Based on over a decade of working with communities around the world, Accountability Counsel has seen various pitfalls of not adhering to community-led accountability and developed recommendations for how to improve.  
  • 10 December 2020

    New CAO vice president urged to fight for CAO independence

    By Bretton Woods Project
    Margaux Day of Accountability Counsel emphasized that Janine Ferretti, the new vice president of the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman, will have to put her experience working on environmental and social safeguard issues at the Inter-American Development Bank to use as she endeavours to fulfil the terms of reference of the post during these challenging times.
  • 3 December 2020

    What we learned about the state of impact accountability from 74 investors

    By Margaux Day, Accountability Counsel in ImpactAlpha
    The International Finance Corporation’s Operating Principles for Impact Management take a step to protect against impact-washing by requiring disclosures and verification. Genuine accountability requires more.