Quality and accountability meetings
Quality and accountability for the humanitarian sector
ALNAP belongs to a loose grouping of organisations focused on improving quality and accountability in the humanitarian sector. Currently, the following organisations belong to this group:
A shared vision on quality and accountability
People affected by disasters have limited options and little power over their access to assistance and protection. Humanitarian organisations therefore have an ethical responsibility to respect the dignity of victims and to do their utmost to ensure that their assistance programmes are of the best possible quality.
Humanitarian agencies should respond meaningfully to needs, consider local capacities and constraints, and respect and involve crisis-affected people. Any response should avoid or mitigate negative impacts while fostering positive effects.
Organisations have to manage and support their staff members well; they should evaluate and learn from experience, and use resources efficiently and transparently. Organisations should be able to demonstrate commitment to improving their performance through verification and reporting systems.
The different Quality and Accountability Initiatives are collaborating around this shared vision, through identifying possible synergies, and clarifying their differences, in order to offer a range of choices. Humanitarian organisations can then select the options best suited to their needs and priorities. The initiatives currently participating in the Quality and Accountability Initiative are committed to working together to facilitate this process of selection, and to reporting progress to the larger humanitarian constituency.
If you work for an organisation that may be compatible with the aims of this group, please contact one of the members.
While each organisation has a unique focus and approach, all are committed to attaining the overall goal of improved performance in the humanitarian sector. To achieve this, the directors of these organisations meet regularly to ensure collaboration and coherence in their activities.
Further information about the Quality and Accountability Initiatives can be found through the links, documents and meeting records on the right.
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