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Up and Down, and Inside Out: Where do We Stand on NGO Accountability?

Abstract : This paper brings a review of the literature on accountability in development NGOs with a view to highlighting where we stand. There has been a shift from top-down approaches focussing on upward accountability mechanisms towards a growing literature that theorises and empirically investigates downward accountability mechanisms. This literature theorises a link between ownership of the development process and aid effectiveness. However, little attention has been paid to potential differences in the accountability mechanisms used in locally- and non-locally-owned NGOs. Considering that the members of locally-owned NGOs come from the same culture as the beneficiaries they serve, understanding how local NGOs’ implementation of accountability differs from other organisations would shed light on how to secure the trust of the beneficiaries. Such knowledge would assist NGOs globally to overcome the challenges of downward accountability and to enhance aid delivery.
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Hyman van Zyl, Frederik Claeye. Up and Down, and Inside Out: Where do We Stand on NGO Accountability?. European Journal of Development Research, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, pp.1-16. ⟨10.1057/s41287-018-0170-3⟩. ⟨hal-02108248⟩



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