Sightsavers enhances accountability at the local level
What makes this practice exemplary?
Sightsavers’ accountability report covers the activities of the entire organisation including Sightsavers’ seven subsidiary entities (Sightsavers UK, US, Ireland, India, Norway, Sweden and Italy).
These entities operate integrally with the Secretariat: their performance and any data requested under Accountable Now’s reporting framework is integrated into the Secretariat’s accountability report.
The report, along with panel feedback, is circulated to all employees, as well as being published on Sightsavers website and uploaded to staff intranet. The report and the feedback given by Accountable Now’s Independent Review Panel are shared with employees globally and areas for further work discussed at management group meetings.
Sightsavers’ latest accountability report consists of contributions from various functions within the organisation including, HR, Global Fundraising, Finance and Performance, Research and Evidence, Programme Systems, Policy and Advocacy and the NTD teams. This ensures accountability is embedded within the organisation to deliver against the areas of commitment highlighted in the report.
In addition to these internal stakeholders, Sightsavers has been working with downstream partners on DFID-funded activity to enhance their awareness of accountability, by supporting them to join IATI.
Meetings have been conducted in Bangladesh, Nigeria and Tanzania and many more are planned once travel is allowed. These meetings aim to explain what IATI is, what are the benefits and why it is important for the development community as a whole.
What kind of organisation is this good practice useful for?
Global Organisations with complex governance structures which consist of and international secretariat and national and/or regional offices