Accountable Now is a global platform that supports civil society organisations (CSOs) to be transparent, responsive to stakeholders and focused on delivering impact. Our Members are internationally operating CSOs who drive this agenda together with us.
Accountable Now was founded in 2008 under the name International NGO Charter of Accountability by 10 leading CSOs, including development, humanitarian, environmental, rights-based and advocacy organsiations. As Membership and global collaboration increase, our collective voice is strengthened. Today, we have 25 Member Organisations which are active in more than 150 countries and impact stakeholders all over the world. Learn more about our Members.
What we want to achieve
Accountable Now supports CSOs in achieving better impact for people and the environment as laid down in our Strategy Beyond 2015 with three main goals:
- Continuously improve accountability standards, practices, tools and monitoring modalities;
- Enhance public trust in CSOs ability to listen, learn and co-create improvements;
- Build a global community of practice to learn from each other & strengthen our collective voice
Our definition of accountability
CSOs help to protect and advance people’s rights, drive sustainable development and hold businesses and governments to account. To do this credibly and effectively they have to live what they demand from others. Together with nine CSO accountability networks from across the world we agreed on the following definition.
- being transparent on what the organisation is, what it commits to doing and progress achieved;
- engaging key stakeholders in meaningful dialogue to enable continuous improvement for those we serve;
- using power responsibly and enabling stakeholders to hold us to account effectively.
What Commitments do our Members make?
Members have signed ten succinct, globally-agreed-upon Accountability Commitments. Members seek to respect human rights and take responsibility for the environment; to be independent, transparent and effective; to ensure responsible advocacy, participation and diversity; and to do all of the above in an ethical and professional way. Get more details on our Commitments.
How do we know Members fulfil their promises?
Accountable Now provides a comprehensive set of reporting standards that allows us to assess if commitments are being delivered. Members have to report annually on their accountability performance. Meeting and exceeding these reporting standards drives organisational development and sets the focus on impact. Have a look at the Reporting Guidelines.
How do we ensure credibility?
Our independent review mechanism ensures integrity and credibility. An Independent Review Panel consisting of internationally-recognised experts from around the globe, with backgrounds in development, human rights, business and academia thoroughly assess our Members’ performance and progress each year. They provide in-depth and individual feedback that is published on our website together with Members’ Accountability Reports.
Our partners and the future of accountability
Our world is becoming increasingly global and digital. Accountable Now has therefore engaged in a number of strategic partnerships to ensure we understand both developments well. With our partners we crowd-source the best possible contribution accountability can make to turning these changes into advantages for the people and causes we serve. For too long accountability has been associated only with compliance report writing. It is time to place it where it belongs: pro-active stakeholder engagement to drive better strategic decisions and collectively owned impact. For more information please see: The Global Standard project and the People-Powered Accountability project. Results of these projects will inform the review of our standard, commitments and practices in 2017.
Governance & Management
Accountable Now is registered as International NGO Charter of Accountability Company Ltd, in the United Kingdom. It is owned by its Member Organisations and governed by a Board of Directors.
Since 2010, the Secretariat is hosted by the International Civil Society Centre in Berlin.
Annual reports and policies can be accessed here.