Accountable Now was founded in 2008 by 10 leading international CSOs, including development, humanitarian, environmental, rights-based & advocacy organisations.
Today we have 27 Member organisations which are active in more than 150 countries.
What is Accountable Now?
Accountable Now is a membership network that works with civil society organisations from across the world on improving accountability practices through a comprehensive reporting process.
But we are more than just reporting. With Members, partners and accountability enthusiasts from across our wide network, we bring organisations together for conversations on how to go beyond usual accountability practices. We collect knowledge and resources through workshops, webinars, Peer Advice Groups and projects, and use these to help organisations embed accountability into CSO culture and put people at the heart of decision-making processes. This is what we call Dynamic Accountability.
CSOs are key actors in efforts and movements that promote democracy and sustainable development. In order to be effective and enhance people’s trust, CSOs need to mainstream an accountability approach that is more dynamic and responds to the needs of the people they work with and for. CSOs need to become dynamically accountable.
How do we push forward the Dynamic Accountability agenda?
1. Enhance Public Trust
by helping CSOs adopt Dynamic Accountability principles.
Reporting on activities, policies and outcomes is only one activity that CSOs should be undertaking to be truly accountable. CSOs need to move away from top-down accountability mechanisms to an approach where information flows in different directions. It is through this approach that organisations will be able to enhance trust, strengthen their legitimacy and become more effective.
2. Ensure Greater Impact
by mainstreaming Dynamic Accountability practices in day-to-day operations.
We base our work on 12 accountability commitments which serve the purpose of providing our Member organisations a framework to reflect their outcomes and impact. We want to make sure accountability is not just another box-ticking exercise. It should be a transformative process where organisations become more accountable internally and externally.
3. Promote International Exchange
to enhance knowledge.
There are many accountability initiatives around the world which have their own codes and standards. Furthermore, donors have their own reporting frameworks. We acknowledge the importance each framework has, and we understand that accountability has become a costly and time-consuming effort for many organisations. In this light, we will explore possibilities of collaboration and alignment. We aim to foster strategic relationships with other initiatives and platforms that have accountability tools to learn from.