Accountability Blog

How effectively do INGOs hold to account?How effectively do INGOs hold governments or themselves to account?
September 22, 2016
by Muhammad Taher, Research and Evaluation Consultant

In this series we look at positive examples to promote good accountability practice in the civil society sector.
One key focus of intervention for some of the international non-governmental organisations (INGO) in our country has been to strengthen the grassroots democracy by creating an enabling environment for the members of the elected local government bodies and the staff of the local government departments to become increasingly responsive to the local needs and effective in their actions through a transparent and accountable manner… more

Future of Accountability
What’s the future of accountability?
September 15, 2016
by Sarah Osman, Chief Executive Osman Advisory Services

In this series we look at positive examples to promote good accountability practice in the civil society sector.
To me, CSOs are optimally accountable when they engage and give voice directly to the people they work with. I judge an INGO’s accountability by its ability to give its audience the opportunity to engage more equally in the world and shape outcomes to their benefit.
Meet the Children’s Radio Foundation (CRF)… more

Corruption
Corruption is perverting CSO missions
- but is leadership up for the challenge?

September 8, 2016
by Jeremy Sandbrook, Chief Executive Integritas360

In this series we look at positive examples to promote good accountability practice in the civil society sector.
Recognised as the single greatest obstacle to reducing global poverty, corruption is now the third largest industry in the world. In development terms, each year between 20% and 40% of ODA is “stolen” by public officials. It does not stop here, however, as its magnitude and pervasiveness – when combined with the corruption risks inherent in the sector – has now reached the point where corruption is perverting CSOs’ missions… more


Shared humanity – The root of Accountability
September 1, 2016
by Clea Kahn, Humanitarian Worker

In this series we look at positive examples to promote good accountability practice in the civil society sector.
A group of women came to meet me to raise concerns about their situation. I invited them into a straw gazebo in the corner of the compound. In its shade and relative privacy, the women kicked off their shoes, pushed back their face coverings and, sharing around some tobacco and rolling papers, dived into a political discussion. It remains one of my favourite memories. I enjoyed their company, I learned from our conversations, and I was touched by their trust… more


Civic Media is the Message
July 12, 2016
by Eric Gordon, Director of Engagement Lab – Department of Visual & Media Arts, Emerson College

This blog on Digital Accountability first appeared on Disrupt&Innovate.
Individuals, especially young people, tend to interact with other people, mediated by systems or platforms, while being less conscious of the organisation or institution they represent. Likewise, people, again, especially young people, are more commonly motivated to act in the world by personal sharing, rather than collective action taking… more


Mobilising the World: A Call to Collaborative Digital Action
July 5, 2016
by Gautam Raju, Head of Digital Worldwide Influencing Network, Oxfam International

This blog on Digital Accountability first appeared on Disrupt&Innovate.
The refugee crisis, turmoil in the Middle East, a rising right wing agenda, and a shrinking civil society space; civil society is at the heart of these looming issues – fighting and contributing through our programmes, advocacy and public campaigns. However, in a world connected through technology, we are continuing to miss an incredible opportunity; we must put our collective mission first, cast aside our differences, and start moving as one… more


Movement Beyond Membership
June 28, 2016
by Jeremy Osborn, Co-Founder & Operations Director, 350.org

This blog on Digital Accountability first appeared on Disrupt&Innovate.
New approaches to digital campaigning and awareness-raising are enabling two-way dialogue between organisations and their supporters and volunteers, in turn strengthening both impact and accountability.
In 2016, two-way dialogue with members is the norm, so what does it mean to continue to ‘disrupt and innovate’ in this space?… more


We Need to “Rotate” the Top-Down Model of CSO Campaigning
June 21, 2016
by Virginie Coulloudon, Group Director for External Relations, Transparency International & Jed Miller, Open data consultant

This blog on Digital Accountability first appeared on Disrupt&Innovate.
As citizens in many democracies seek greater participation in public debate, international civil society organisations (ICSOs) are seeking a new model for advocacy: one where supporters become fuller participants in priority-setting and tactics, and where leadership demonstrates accountability to those participants on an ongoing basis. “People power”, unleashed and expedited by newer technologies, can help ICSOs scale their impact… more


Questions, Reflections and a Step Forward in Supporting Greater Accountability
June 14, 2016
by Lauren Woodman, CEO, NetHope

This blog on Digital Accountability first appeared on Disrupt&Innovate
Online tools have created opportunities for an ever-increasing number of people to get involved in issues that matter to them. This can mean signing an online petition and sharing it on Facebook, starting a grassroots campaign on 350.org, or taking a local action to support the work of a global organisation. CSOs see the value in leveraging digital tools to connect people with information and action – not only can they mobilise and engage constituents more easily, they can benefit from the expertise and knowledge of millions of individuals… more


Creating change with, not for, people
June 1, 2016
by Michael Silberman, Global Director of the Mobilisation Lab at Greenpeace
This blog was first published on Feedback Labs.
With the arrival of digital players like Facebook, Airbnb or Wikipedia, people’s expectation of how to engage with institutions has fundamentally changed. No longer are they content to just receive the occasional report or letter to be informed after things have already happened. Today’s expectation is rather to: engage directly, through extremely user friendly interfaces… more


What can we learn from digital campaigns organisations?
February 19, 2016
by Karenina Schröder, Executive Director of the INGO Accountability Charter
This blog was first published on Feedback Labs.
Digital campaigns organisations ask their members every week which topic to campaign on, who to target and what to demand. Every campaign they launch is thus a co-production between the organisation and its members. International civil society organisations (ICSOs), by contrast, still produce most of their campaigns with in-house experts… more