Accountability Counsel amplifies the voices of communities around the world to protect their human rights and environment. As advocates for people harmed by internationally-financed projects, they employ community driven and policy level strategies to access justice.
Accountability Counsel supports local communities and creates systems to hold $500 billion a year of internationally financed development projects accountable to human rights and environmental standards. These projects, such as dams, mines and oil pipelines, are notorious for their environmental and human rights impacts, such as forced displacement of indigenous people, poisoning of rivers used for drinking water, and sexual abuse of women and girls by foreign workers. The very projects meant to lift people out of poverty often have the opposite impact.
The millions of people a year who suffer these types of abuses have few options for recourse. Those who most need access to justice are those facing the greatest barriers to information, have least political power, the fewest financial resources, and the least amount of professional support required to seek it. Accountability Counsel exists to bridge these barriers for communities and create accountability in development finance resulting in systemic change.
Their team of lawyers specializes in non-judicial complaint offices established to receive community complaints. They focus on over two dozen of these complaint offices, including those of each multilateral development bank (MDB), many export promotion agencies, and the OECD National Contact Points.
Their work pays particular attention to women, children and other marginalized groups
, who are often the most deeply harmed by abuses. They work only upon requests for assistance from local communities and in close partnership with grassroots and regional organizations in each case. As part of their mission, the groups they train are able to continue long-term advocacy for accountability in development finance in their communities, regions and countries.