Are they listening? Aid and humanitarian accountability

Language
English
Pages
28pp
Date published
31 Jul 2012
Type
Research, reports and studies
Keywords
Accountability and Participation, Accountability, Participation, Feedback mechanisms, System-wide performance
Organisations
Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

Following the Joint Evaluation of Emergency Assistance to Rwanda (JEEAR) in 1996, efforts to improve accountability throughout the humanitarian sector, including higher programming standards, a better-skilled workforce, and stronger accountability to disaster-affected communities have increased. This In-depth paper by IRIN addresses accountability in humanitarian action by asking what humanitarians mean when talking about accountability, and whether and to what extent accountability in the humanitarian sector has improved over the past two decades. It sheds light on a number of examples - focusing on specific sectors, actors, and countries - and formulates adivice on how to put accountability into practice.