Change is the one certainty these days. A global pandemic, a climate in crisis, rising autocracy, and shrinking civic space are but a few of the challenges that require greater collaboration, commitment, and collective action than has ever been seen. In order to reach a more just and equitable future, the civil society and communities’ organising principles and activating muscles must continue to evolve and adapt. As an organisation that seeks to centre dynamic accountability in humanity’s collective responses to global crises, Accountable Now’s staff, members, and board have recognised our need to change to better serve our mission to transform the social sector ecosystem by advancing civil society responsiveness, transparency, and accountability. In the wake of a massive funding crisis for civil society organisations–brought on by austerity measures in public budgets and the rapid shifting of donor priorities–we see our mission and role in the sector as more important than ever.
Here is a preview of some of what we see ahead for Accountable Now as we look ahead to a third decade of our work in the field: