In this month's edition of the Console newsletter, Research Director Samer Araabi explores over a hundred complaints that are found eligible to advance to a substantive stage, but don't. What can we learn about accessibility bottlenecks by analyzing this shadow eligibility process?
Also, the Accountability Counsel research team is currently hiring a new research associate! We're seeking a talented Researcher who can tell compelling, data-informed stories (like the ones in this newsletter) about the harmful impacts of international finance that push stakeholders to advance justice. The position is open to candidates anywhere in the world, and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. If you're more into policy, we're hiring for that too.
By Samer Araabi — Feb. 7, 2022
Noteworthy updates on Bank and IAM policy and practice
Ten years ago, hundreds of Haitian farmers and their families lost their livelihoods overnight after being forcibly displaced from their land to build a large industrial park in northeast Haiti. In 2017, Accountability Counsel supported these farmers, collectively known as the Kolektif Peyizan Viktim Tè Chabè, to file a complaint to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), leading to an agreement with the IDB and the Haitian government to restore the livelihoods of those displaced families. Accountability Counsel is sharing an update tracking both the significant gains and the challenges still to be overcome to ensure that the agreement on paper leads to meaningful changes for the families who were harmed.
On February 1, 2022, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) published an advance version of Remedy in Development Finance: Guidance and Practice, an expansive and in-depth look at whether development finance institutions (“DFIs”) remedy environmental and social harm caused by their projects. OHCHR’s report uses data from the Accountability Console, which tracks every complaint ever filed at DFI accountability mechanisms, to demonstrate the weak state of remedy at DFIs. An analysis of all complaints eligible for a compliance investigation showed that “only a small minority of compliance review cases could be clearly associated with tangible reparation for complainants.”