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Accountability Console

A Database of Human Rights & Environmental Grievances

The world’s most comprehensive database of community complaints filed with independent accountability mechanisms about the impacts of internationally financed projects.

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Features

View Complaints

Browse all complaints filed to independent accountability mechanisms (IAMs).

Filter, Search, & Sort

Detailed filters help you search by region, sector, institution, type of harm, complaint status, and more.

Analyze & Compare

Analyze and compare IAM complaint data across institutions, sectors or regions.

See the Big Picture

See and compare IAMs data as it relates to an institution’s areas of operation, complaints, and policies.

Compare IAMs

Compare and analyze policies of IAMs across a host of issues. Produce comparison reports.

Keep Up to Date

Receive updates on your selected complaints and customized searches.

What is an IAM?

Independent Accountability Mechanisms (IAMs) provide a forum where people can raise grievances when they face actual or potential harm from activities tied to international finance.

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Complaint Map

Use the interactive map to browse through all complaints submitted in a given country

Explore The Data

1261

Complaints

3324

Issues Raised

129

Countries

15

Project Sectors

2582

Policy Benchmarks

25

Years of Data

50

Stage Outcomes

2167

Documents

Users

Communities & Advocates

Asset Managers & Insurers

Philanthropists & Investors

Policy-makers & Governance

Researchers & Journalists

IAM Professionals

Communities & Advocates

If you are seeking justice for harm caused by internationally financed projects, the Console provides unparalleled insight into what outcomes a complaint process can achieve, the limitations, and how a complaint process can differ across mechanisms. You can also access documents from complaints that led to results to inform your advocacy and learn which groups to consult for advice.

If you are advocating for stronger accountability systems, you can use the Console’s benchmarking of each IAM’s policies as the basis for evidence-driven policy recommendations to strengthen the accountability system.

Asset Owners, Managers, & Insurers

If you are seeking information about environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investment risks, the Console offers community-level feedback about negative ESG impacts from around the world in a unique data set. This ESG data is reported directly by the people experiencing negative impacts of private and public sector investments and can be searched by sector, industry, country, financing institution, project company, or corporation. The data is also instructive for Know Your Client (KYC) research.

You can access this information at two levels: in-depth documentation of harm at the project level, and/or system-wide trends about key issues raised across all relevant projects in the database.

Philanthropists & Impact Investors

If you are investing resources to create positive change, the Console provides unique insight into the social and environmental risks that could undermine your impact goals.

Many of the projects in the complaints database were supported by institutions with missions to alleviate poverty and promote sustainable development. The community complaints in this database enable you to hear feedback directly from the people affected by these projects in order to learn lessons about harm prevention (at any investment stage) and remediation, and how to apply policy frameworks in practice to improve impact.

IAM Professionals

If you are inside the operations of an IAM, the Console offers a detailed picture of how the complaints process of each accountability mechanism is functioning within the broader system. You can inform your own policies and practices by identifying factors leading to success in resolved complaints, as well as barriers in the process that prevent outcomes.

You can also see how the policies of your accountability mechanism compare to those of other IAMs, providing insight into where broader institutional policy change is needed to meet existing best practice.

Policy-makers & Governance

If you are charged with the design and oversight of a safeguards and accountability system, the Console is the only place to access a detailed view of how IAMs operate in policy and practice relative to other institutions. You can see the impact an IAM has on the deployment of a safeguards policy as it protects — or fails to protect — people and the environment in order to learn what policy and practice changes may be required.

When the Console is fully developed, you will be able to see how IAM policy variance correlates to community case outcomes. You can translate lessons from trends in the accountability system and specific case studies about harm to inform broader institutional policies and practices.

Researchers, Journalists, & Academics

If you are working to understand how global financial flows affect local communities, the Console is an invaluable launching point. The complaints list enables you to identify projects causing harm that are worthy of investigation. From there, you can access direct feedback from people affected by those projects, as well as independent investigation reports and other key documents.

At a systems level, the Console provides sector and industry data, as well as information about and comparing institutions for research that can lead to broader findings.

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Analyze and compare complaint data

Analyze and compare policies governing IAMs

Produce IAM policy comparison reports

Receive updates on your selected complaints and customized searches

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