Increasingly local as well as international CSOs and their donors recognize the importance of implementing methods like “community engagement”, “beneficiary feedback” or “advisory committees” to be accountable to the people they work for and with (i.e. downward accountability). And as the rhetoric gradually acknowledges the need for a power-shift that gives power to communities and local partners, donors are moving away from restrictive log frames and compliance exercises towards piloting more innovative and flexible ways of working with their grantees. This is not just because it is the right thing to do but also because it is the most reasonable if they are to ensure sustainability and effectiveness.
In our 2019 Annual Workshop we gave our participants the opportunity to discuss: