Investigating Dark Spots in Accountability
In the April edition of the Accountability Console Newsletter, we tackle some big issues that are able to be addressed for the first time using the Console’s data and analytics.
Using the Accountability Console complaint map, Console users can easily pinpoint where in the world communities have brought complaints to IAMs. But what about the blank spaces on the map, where there are little to no complaints filed? Is harm not occurring, or are opportunities for remedy simply not present? Research Intern Sara Lowe investigates these “dark spots” and what they mean for communities seeking remedy in this month’s research piece.
For our feature spotlight, Research Associate Marisa Lenci walks through the IAM Benchmark Report, where Console users can access and compare over 200 IAM operating procedures. While Independent Accountability Mechanisms across the world have a shared purpose of bringing accountability to international development, no two mechanisms are exactly alike. Knowing the requirements and procedures of an IAM can mean the difference between a community accessing redress and being left empty handed.
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Updates to Console data, features, and functionality
- Improved Search Feature: Searching keywords is now easier, faster, and incorporates more data.
- Additional Project Data: More information is now available on projects about which complaints have been filed.
- Newsletter Feedback Form: We've added an easy way for newsletter readers to get in touch. Have questions about the Console? Suggestions for Console content we should highlight next? Click to link to send us a secure message
- Interactive IAM charts: Click the charts at the top of page for each Independent Accountability Mechanism to see associated complaints with a particular issue, sector, or region.
By Sara Lowe — April 5, 2021
Why are investment flows in the Middle East and North Africa not being matched with commensurate community complaints? And what does this tell us about communities' ability to access remedy in these "dark spots"?
By Marisa Lenci — April 5, 2021
Understanding how policies and operating procedures vary at different IAMs is a critical component of accessing the mechanisms for communities, and of informing advocacy for best practices at IAMs. The IAM Benchmark Report feature allows users to view and compare policies across mechanisms, and provides insights into how particular policies influence complaint outcomes.