Complementing our primary accountability towards children

April 27th, 2017|Governance & Management, Stakeholder engagement|

As civil society organisations (CSOs) we have argued for and utilised to a large extent our space for advocating for the interests of our constituencies in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This went as far as the declared understanding that development and implementation of the SDGs as a global agenda is a project of governments, [...]

Being accountable to 250,000 people: A symbiotic relationship

April 21st, 2017|Advocacy, Stakeholder engagement|

I take my role seriously as a Fundraising Director; it’s a huge responsibility. Not only does my team need to raise money to support our organisation and beneficiaries, but we need to be accountable for spending supporters’ money on what we deem most appropriate and beneficial. As an organisation we couldn’t exist without our supporters. [...]

CSO Accountability: How effective are whistle-blower systems?

March 28th, 2017|Transparency|

In 2016, Accountable Now tasked the direct impact group with an assessment of 40 international CSOs in six different areas of accountability. The study demonstrated the achievements of the civil society sector, as well as addressing areas for improvement in CSO accountability. Based on the results of the study, direct impact group’s Ronald Pinto conducted [...]

Dynamic accountability – building trust through nuanced transparency

March 21st, 2017|Transparency|

We are proud to announce that one of our Members, Restless Development, won this year’s Bond Transparency Award! Restless Development is a global agency for youth-led development which supports young people to demand and deliver a just and sustainable world for all. The organisation has been a Member of Accountable Now since 2015 and is highly involved [...]

How effectively do INGOs hold governments or themselves to account?

September 22nd, 2016|Transparency|

In this series we look at positive examples to promote good accountability practice in the civil society sector. One key focus of intervention for some of the international non-governmental organisations (INGO) in our country has been to strengthen the grassroots democracy by creating an enabling environment for the members of the elected local government bodies and the staff of the local government departments to become increasingly responsive to the local needs and effective in their actions through a transparent and accountable manner…

What’s the future of accountability?

September 15th, 2016|Stakeholder engagement|

Sarah has been working in various development-related sectors since 2007, including migration and development, sexual and reproductive health and rights, children’s rights and education. Sarah has vast international experience from Ghana, the Netherlands, South Africa and Norway. Following positions with INGOs (Marie Stopes International, Save the Children), Sarah set up her consultancy firm Osman Advisory [...]

Corruption is perverting CSO missions – but is leadership up for the challenge?

September 8th, 2016|Financial Management|

Jeremy is an internationally renowned integrity and anti-corruption expert. Specialising in the NGO and international development sectors, Jeremy has conducted fraud and corruption prevention work throughout the world. He was formerly the Deputy Continental Director for Western Europe, North America and Australia for SOS Children’s Villages International, and was the organisation’s Special Advisor on Anti-Corruption. [...]

Shared humanity – the root of accountability

September 1st, 2016|Stakeholder engagement|

The guest author Clea Kahn has nearly 20 years’ experience in humanitarian work, in the field in a variety of posts in Africa and Asia, and in headquarters positions. She has worked as an independent consultant, with NGOs, the UN and DFID, and now works as Humanitarian Advocacy Manager with the British Red Cross. Clea [...]