International Accountability Project IAP

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Every year, millions of people around the world are forcibly uprooted in the name of development and progress.

The International Accountability Project (IAP) challenges unjust displacement by exposing and demanding accountability for the human rights impacts of development-induced displacement. We exert strategic pressure on the international banks and corporations that finance projects causing displacement, while strengthening communities’ power to hold their ground and defend their fundamental human rights … (full text Homepage and latest news).

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About: The International Accountability Project (IAP) is a small, public-interest, non-profit organization that was established in late 2003 by Dana Clark. The IAP was formed to improve citizen-based accountability at international financial institutions, and to promote the rights of people who are threatened with displacement by internationally-financed development projects.

Our work builds on the stepping stones of accountability laid by decades of civil society campaigning to promote principles of justice, accountability, environmental sustainability, gender equity, development effectiveness, transparency, disclosure and participation at international financial institutions.

Although we have made significant progress over the years, much of that progress is currently being threatened, as the World Bank, IFC, Asian Development Bank, and other international financial institutions revamp (and weaken) their environmental and social safeguard policies, and undermine systems of accountability.

Action Alert about the Asian Development Bank’s policy revision. The IAP is taking the following steps toward promoting a more just, equitable and sustainable world:

  • Effectively defending and advancing the rights of people who are fighting the environmental and social impacts of poorly planned development projects, especially those who are threatened with or who have been forcibly evicted from their lands to make way for development projects;
  • Changing international policy and legal frameworks and development paradigms to prevent unsustainable projects, including by empowering civil society and by stopping the externalization of costs onto local people and the environment. This includes improving systems of accountability, problem-solving capacity, and enforcement tools.
  • Documenting, drawing lessons learned, sharing analysis, developing resource bases. This can be done through publications (and translations), skills sharing and teaching, strategy meetings, list serves, and through the provision of web resources.
  • Building long-term working relationships based on solidarity, friendship and mutual respect among colleagues from the Global North and the Global South who are working to defend human rights and the environment, and building effective coalitions to demand justice for existing harm and to change the course of future development.

We are based in San Francisco, California, and we are a project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE).

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