Key features of NGO accountability systems
Please identify the good governance characteristics for running a civil society organisation with strong internal accountability measures (i.e., managing complaints, conflicts of interest, official travel, financial management, record keeping, election and accountability of the Board, etc). Where possible, please identify organisations with best practise examples.
As NGOs take on an increasingly prominent role as development assistance implementers and political counter-power, they are under greater scrutiny and pressure to demonstrate that they are using their resources in an efficient, accountable and transparent manner. Their legitimacy in managing aid resources is closely tied to their accountability to their constituency (and the public at large), their adherence to their mission, the transparency of their processes, and their effectiveness in fulfilling their mandate.
Chene, M. Key features of NGO accountability systems. U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, CMI, Bergen, Norway (2013) 11 pp. [U4 Expert Answer 358]