May 15, 2009
Mixed Picture on the Accountability of International Nonprofit Groups
Two recent reports on the accountability of international organizations, including nonprofits, reveal a mixed picture with respect to transparency and responsiveness. The One World Trust issued its 2008 Global Accountability Report on the transparency, participation of external stakeholders, evaluation capabilities, and responsiveness to complaints of major nongovernmental, intergovernmental, and corporate international organizations. It found that while many organizations, including many NGOs, performed well with respect to these various measures, there was still room for substantial improvement. The Humanitarian Accountability Partnership issued its 2008 Humanitarian Accountability Report, which drew on the One World Trust report but then goes into greater depth regarding the accountability of nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations that deal with humanitarian disasters.
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