It is a people-powered form of accountability that is responsive to the feedback of all those people and communities impacted by an organisation’s work.
Dynamic Accountability is an approach that goes beyond audited accounts and published reports. At the heart of the approach is a continuous dialogue with all those people impacted by our work (often referred to as stakeholders) about what they need, their priorities, what they offer, and how we can work together effectively.
It is about organisations creating spaces and a level of trust to be able to work together on what and how things should be carried out, as well as sharing the results and asking for how to improve.
When practising dynamic accountability, CSOs move beyond a hierarchical ladder of accountability to a mutual, horizontal approach. Such relationship-building is fundamental to enabling a systemic change in the sector in the form of a power shift, whereby the people we work for and with become recognised drivers of the CSO work that affects their own lives.
Before implementing a new programme or other activity, organisations carry out a planning process. When planning in a dynamically accountable way, make sure that all those who will be impacted by the activity are consulted and have space to provide inputs that will be used when designing activities to ensure they reflect the needs and priorities of the communities they aim to serve. Things to consider:
This is the implementation phase where organisations are carrying out the planned activities. This is a moment of great collaboration between an organisation, its partners and those people and communities it is working for. Things to consider:
Whether an organisation is implementing a new programme or initiating a collaboration, being able to track, understand, and learn from the progress being made is key. Things to consider:
Meaningful engagement means that stakeholders feedback is used in decision making and can influence learning and adaptation. Being accountable- communicating about our results to be transparent and demonstrate that our actions have had the impact that was intended and, importantly organisations need to be transparent in communicating their failures. Figuring out what works and what doesn’t is essential in order to improve our work and ensure maximum impact. Things to consider:
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