By Stephanie Amoako, Accountability Counsel

When projects financed by international actors harm African communities, few options exist for meaningful justice and remedy. To address this accountability gap, several multilateral development banks, including the African Development Bank (AfDB), created independent accountability mechanisms or offices to address grievances stemming from their financing. After over a year of review, the AfDB has made sweeping changes to its accountability office. These changes, if fully and robustly implemented, will have a positive impact for communities in Africa seeking to have a say in the AfDB-funded projects that impact them.