Accountable Now is part of a growing movement of organisations that are promoting a dynamic approach to accountability – an approach that is centred around building mutual and horizontal relationships between a CSO and the people involved in an organisation’s work.
Practising Dynamic Accountability allows organisations to:
Continue reading to hear from four organisations that are using Dynamic Accountability to transform their organisational practices and culture- and to contribute towards transformational changes in the sector such as decolonisation and overcoming systemic inequalities.
Restless Development is committed to youth inclusivity across all levels of the organisation, from the community-level to the board-level. For Restless Development, the meaningful participation of young people is central to accountability in order to ensure that all voices are heard and have the power to affect decision-making. Hear from Clara Muchunguzi (Restless Development Tanzania) who shares how Restless Development engages young people and some of the positive outcomes of involving youth.
Edutainment Health Foundation (EHF) is a local CSO based in Lusaka, Zambia whose mission is to ‘promote development and prosperity through citizen participation’. We spoke with Michael Mwansa, Project Officer, who shared how the principles of Dynamic Accountability promote a bottom-up approach within the organisation in which communities take the lead in holding the organisation accountable to how they are implementing any project. Further, Dynamic Accountability calls on them to build trust between the organisation and the community and to build and sustain relationships for future engagement. Listen to Michael sharing many of the benefits of community engagement – including the role it plays in achieving sustainable results.
Green Agriculture Youth Organisation is a local CSO working to provide market training, education, and other services to promote sustainable agriculture in Africa. They believe in being community-led and that is why they promote Dynamic Accountability as an approach to amplify the voices of the communities they work in and co-create solutions. Hear from Mukuka Kalamba who shares how Dynamic Accountability facilitates mutual capacity sharing between organisations and the communities they work in and encourages organisations to reflect and learn from their strengths and weaknesses.
Accountability Lab’s vision is a world in which ‘citizens are active, leaders are responsible and institutions are accountable’. In our final vlog of the series, Tinotenda Chishiri from Accountability Lab Zimbabwe shares how Dynamic Accountability is enshrined in the values that Accountability Lab Zimbabwe has; integrity, openness, responsiveness, and humility. Watch the video to learn how Accountability Lab puts Dynamic Accountability into practice, for example through continuously evaluating ways of working within partnerships and adapting activities based on stakeholder feedback to improve ways of working and in the end, to get better results.