• 17 June 2019

    Advocates welcome IFC reforms, but with some caveats

    By Sophie Edwards, Devex
    Advocates have welcomed “significant” reforms by the International Finance Corporation to improve its record on environment and social issues as its CEO struggles to deliver on his ambitious promise to put development impact back at the heart of IFC.
  • 12 June 2019

    China’s promise of responsible belt and road investments is in the hands of its bankers

    By Natalie Bridgeman Fields, Accountability Counsel, in South China Morning Post
    All along the belt and road, from Myanmar to Peru, ignoring community feedback is costing Chinese investors dearly. China’s banks and financial institutions need to quickly adopt an accountability framework for Chinese investments abroad.
  • 31 May 2019

    Lawyers, Stanford professors discuss Supreme Court ruling on environmental law and human rights

    By Jasmine Kerber, The Stanford Daily
    Stanford professors and representatives from EarthRights International and Accountability Counsel, both human rights-focused legal nonprofits, gave a panel discussion Tuesday on the Feb. 27 Supreme Court decision in Jam v. International Finance Corporation, which could strengthen individuals’ ability to hold international organizations accountable through legal mechanisms in the future.
  • 20 May 2019

    ADB to develop Accountability Mechanism Framework to manage social risks

    By Devdiscourse
    The Office of the Compliance Review Panel (CRP) of the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Accountability Mechanism is helping to develop an Accountability Mechanism Framework for financial intermediaries to manage environmental and social risks, as well as safeguards compliance and accountability.
  • 7 May 2019

    Communities Call for the Construction of the 220 kV Marsyangdi Corridor to Be Paused

    By Shankar Limbu, LAHURNIP, and Siddharth Akali, Accountability Counsel; in The Record
    The European Investment Bank (EIB) is funding the construction of a 220 kV high voltage transmission line called the Marsyangdi Corridor as part of the €95 million Nepal Power System Expansion Project. The Marsyangdi Corridor transmission line is slated to pass over the homes, lands, forests, and community spaces of various indigenous and non-indigenous communities in the Lamjung District of Nepal.
  • 22 April 2019

    Developing community feedback tools to help investors manage positive – and negative – impact

    By Kindra Mohr, Accountability Counsel, in ImpactAlpha
    Even with careful planning, impact investments can cause unanticipated harm to people and places and undermine impact goals. Recent examples include large-scale renewables projects and for-profit schools. Even a small number of impact investments that are seen to harm rather than help communities jeopardize the field, Accountability Counsel’s Kindra Mohr writes in a guest post on ImpactAlpha.
  • 12 April 2019

    Financiers sign up to IFC’s ‘common market standard’ for impact investing

    By Sophie Edwards, Devex
    Sixty investors, who collectively manage more than $350 billion in assets, signed on to the IFC’s new impact investing principles, which are intended to bring greater transparency, credibility, and discipline to the impact investing market. In a joint submission Accountability Counsel authored, civil society groups that focus on strengthening accountability within international financial institutions said they welcomed the principles, but called for a stronger emphasis on accountability.
  • 12 April 2019

    How IFC is dealing with pressure to boost accountability

    By Sophie Edwards, Devex
    CSOs and the CAO respond to IFC CEO Philippe Le Houérou’s statement calling for a stronger approach to accountability. Accountability Counsel’s Policy Director Kindra Mohr is quoted about the need for the IFC to respond to long-standing issues of non-compliance and harm from existing CAO cases to make the IFC’s commitment matter in practice.
  • 8 April 2019

    ‘An example to all’: the Mongolian herders who took on a corporate behemoth – and won

    By Rod Austin, The Guardian
    Displaced from their land by multinational mining companies, nomadic herders defied the odds to preserve their heritage for future generations. Additional framing can be found on our Communities case page.
  • 4 April 2019

    US Supreme Court rules against World Bank’s claim of absolute immunity

    By Bretton Woods Project
    In late February, the US Supreme Court ruled against the claim by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank’s private sector arm, to absolute immunity from suit in the US. The case was brought by a community of Indian fisherfolk, represented by EarthRights International and the Stanford Law School Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, which sued the IFC for harm caused by the $450 million IFC-financed Tata Mundra coal-fired power plant in Gujarat, India.
  • 4 April 2019

    Nod for probe into World Bank-funded project in Jharkhand

    By Abhishek Angad, The Indian Express
    The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved an independent investigation into World Bank-funded water supply project in two villages of Jharkhand. The development comes on the back of allegations that the district authorities “failed” to consult members of local Adivasi communities before implementing the project, “sidestepped” valid Gram…
  • 4 April 2019

    No consent of communities? World Bank to investigate water supply project in Jharkhand

    By Development Channel
    The World Bank has ordered an independent investigation into World Bank-funded water supply project in two villages of Jharkhand, following complaints from the local indigenous people that the authorities “failed” to consult them and the project, which impacts their cultural resources and land was imposed on them using force. The…
  • 29 March 2019

    AAAS connects human rights groups with science experts

    By Andrea Korte
    When a group of uprooted Haitian farmers and the human rights workers advising them sought to understand the environmental impact of an industrial park, they turned to the American Association for the Advancement of Science to enlist the expertise of a water specialist through its On-call Scientists program.
  • 26 March 2019

    What happens when a DFI project goes wrong?

    By Teresa Welsh, Devex
    In this article, Teresa Welsh discusses four DFI-funded projects that resulted in harm towards local communities and lessons learned for lenders, including two cases – Liberia & Mexico – in which Accountability Counsel supported affected communities to achieve remedy.
  • 19 March 2019

    The World Bank Must Clean Up Its Act

    By Vijaya Ramachandran, Nature
    In this Nature article, Vijaya Ramachandran discusses last month’s U.S. Supreme Court decision on the case of Jam vs. IFC, noting it as a wake-up call for all international development agencies. Ramachandran also offers four suggestions on how the IFC — and the World Bank Group as a whole — can be held accountable.
  • 7 March 2019

    U.S. Supreme Court Rules That World Bank Can Be Sued

    By Tim McDonnell, National Public Radio
    In this NPR article, Tim McDonnell reports on the historical U.S. Supreme Court 7-1 ruling on Jam v. International Finance Corporation, and what it means for international financial institutions as well as local communities who have been harmed by bank-funded development projects.
  • 7 March 2019

    Former Robina Fellow Lani Inverarity ’15 Shares Win for Land Rights in Haiti

    By Yale Law School
    It took nearly eight years to achieve justice. But in December 2018, a complaint filed by more than 420 Haitian farmers and their families culminated in a historic agreement with the bank that once displaced them. Lani Inverarity ’15 L.L.M. explained that what began as a mere dream “now has the potential to change the lives of thousands of people.”
  • 4 March 2019

    Calls for stronger accountability after IFC Supreme Court ruling

    By Sophie Edwards, Devex
    The U.S. Supreme Court decision that the World Bank does not have absolute immunity from prosecution is unlikely to trigger a flood of lawsuits but it could bolster calls for the institution to strengthen its internal accountability mechanisms. In this article, Accountability Counsel’s Policy Director Kindra Mohr and our colleagues at EarthRights International and Namati discuss the reforms needed for a strong and effective accountability framework.
  • 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.