The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Accountable Now is a gathering of all Member Organisations. Each Full Member has a voting right at the meeting and Affiliate Members are welcome to join the discussions.

Annual General Meetings

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Janet Dalziell

At this meeting, Accountable Now Members

  • monitor the performance of the Board
  • approve Board decisions
  • receive the Executive Directors’ report of Accountable Now’s activities since its last AGM
  • observe the accounts of Accountable Now for the previous financial year
  • appoint auditors
  • elect Board Directors
  • approve changes and amendments of Accountable Now and discuss any other developments.

AGM 2017

The 2017 AGM was underpinned by the theme of dynamic accountability – interactive and innovative relationships between CSOs and stakeholders, which in times of shrinking civil space are particularly important for building trust and improving agency. We discussed how dynamic accountability can be mainstreamed in civil society organisations, and Members shared how they use technology and stakeholder data to drive decision making and impact. Accountable Now adopted the Global Standard as our new Accountability Commitments and was pleased to announce that we will be hosting the Global Standard Secretariat as of May 2018. A new reporting and assessment framework to accompany the new commitments was also discussed. The AGM was hosted by the International Planned Parenthood Federation in London on 9 June 2017. Outcome Summary

AGM 2016

In 2015 Members agreed on an ambitious new Strategy. In 2016 we discussed the progress that was achieved and how to advance it further. We shared the results of our People-Powered Accountability project and how adapted accountability practices can support success of CSOs in the digital age. We discussed suggestions by the Independent Review Panel on how to improve accountability to the people and report in a timelier, online-based format. We presented the findings of a comparative study between Member organisations and peer organisations regarding the quality of their accountability practice and discussed the new branding architecture and approach. The Global Standard project has made significant progress and we gathered input to ensure a strong global voice of CSOs in an increasingly difficult environment for them to operate. The AGM was hosted by World Vision International in London on 6 April 2016. Outcome summary

AGM 2015

The Charter’s 2015 Annual General Meeting was again hosted by Amnesty International in their headquarters in London. With 45 participants on board, the day witnessed many thoughtful presentations, interactive debates, expert insights, peer exchange and the chance to engage in an open collaborative environment. A major discussion point was the Changing Face of CSO Accountability and what challenges it presents. To address these challenges, the new strategic direction beyond 2015 was discussed to drive more positive impact of ICSOs. The AGM mandated the Secretariat and Board to draft the final strategy going forward. Outcome summary

AGM 2014

The 2014 Annual General Meeting of the Charter took place on 4 April in London. Along with the appointment of new Board Directors, the meeting focused on the revision of the Charter Principles, developments in the Independent Review Panel’s vetting approach, and an extended discussion on the Global Standard project bringing together eight leading CSO accountability networks from Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, North and South America to systematically cooperate and leverage each other’s strength in empowering civil society organisations. Outcome summary

AGM 2013

The 2013 AGM took place in London on 5 April 2013. The Members retrospectively approved the contracts with the Berlin Civil Society Center hosting the Charter Secretariat, one new and two current Board Directors were elected and the Burning Platform of NGO Accountability was discussed. Outcome summary

AGM 2012

The 2012 AGM took place in London on 30 March 2012. At this meeting new Articles of Association and Memorandum were adopted; a new membership structure was presented and four Board directors re-elected. The possibility of convergence with other accountability initiatives and suggestions for themes and topics for the upcoming Members’ Workshop were also discussed. Outcome summary

AGM 2011

The 2011 AGM took place on 13 April in Berlin. At this meeting, a Five Year Strategy for the Charter was adopted; two new Board directors were elected, and the GRI NGO Sector Supplement reporting framework and the work of the Independent Review Panel were discussed. Representatives from the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) gave input on how this initiative could relate to the Charter’s activities. Outcome summary