Office of Accountability
The Office of Accountability is an independent office within OPIC that addresses concerns, complaints or conflicts about environmental or social issues that may arise around OPIC-supported projects. The Office provides project-affected communities, project sponsors, and project workers an opportunity to have such concerns independently reviewed and addressed.
The Office offers two types of services: It can work with the parties to a conflict to help resolve it (available to both project-affected parties and OPIC clients). The Office can also conduct an investigation about how OPIC applied its relevant policies to the OPIC-supported project (available to project-affected parties, as well as OPIC’s Board and President). The Office is mandated to provide these services upon request in a manner that is accessible, fair, objective, and transparent. In providing its services, the Office complements OPIC’s mission as a financial institution that promotes environmentally and socially-sustainable development. See OPIC's corporate sustainability statement.
The Director of the Office of Accountability coordinates all Office services, updates its website, and manages its budget. To maintain the Office’s ability to provide services independently of OPIC’s financial operations, the Director reports directly to OPIC's President & CEO.
The Office of Accountability was established in 2005 by OPIC’s Board of Directors in response to guidance from the U.S. Congress.
The following items have recently been added to the OA website:
- The OA Director’s Fiscal Year 2014 Letter
- Resources for Managing Disputes between Companies and Communities
- Seven Approaches to Developing Projects in Fragile Governance Environments
- Successful Community Engagement Around Energy and Infrastructure Projects in Africa
- Power Projects in Africa: Good Practices for Community Engagement
- The OA Report on Lessons Learned from Buchanan Renewable Energy Projects and OPIC Management’s Response