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Greater Influence,Greater Responsibility: are INGOs’ Self-Regulatory Accountability Standards Effective?

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Greater Influence,Greater Responsibility: are INGOs’ Self-Regulatory Accountability Standards Effective?

Published: October 4, 2011

The role of international nongovernmental organisations (INGOs) in the global aid architecture has become more important in recent years. Budgets of particularly large INGOs have increased and questions surrounding their accountability have intensified. To address allegations of poor accountability, many INGOs have signed on to collective self-regulatory accountability standards as a means of ensuring that common principles are met, improving good practice, and restoring confidence among stakeholders. This paper investigates how much these self-regulatory standards have actually improved accountability among INGOs.

This is a working paper to generate discussion and debate within the development community, and especially within INGOs themselves. The authors believe that the twin issues of the growing scale and influence of INGOs, and their use of self-regulatory standards as a tool for accountability, warrant greater attention in both of these spheres.

Author: Lama Hammad and Bill Morton

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