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dc.contributor.authorCavill, Sue*
dc.contributor.authorSohail, M*
dc.contributor.editorEade, Deborahen
dc.date.accessioned2011-05-24T09:58:50Zen
dc.date.available2011-05-24T09:58:50Zen
dc.date.issued2007-04-01en
dc.identifier.issn0961-4524en
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/09614520701196004en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10546/130854en
dc.descriptionThe accountability of international development NGOs (INGOs) has attracted a great deal of interest from academics and development practitioners. INGO accountability falls into two categories: practical accountability (for the use of inputs, the way activities are performed, and outputs) and strategic accountability for INGOs' performance in relation to their mission. This article presents a conceptual framework for exploring INGO accountability. It is based on information collected through a literature review and semi-structured interviews with representatives from 20 UK-based INGOs. The research found that INGOs tend to use a number of quality-assurance mechanisms to achieve 'practical' accountability. However, it is suggested that this kind of accountability will not necessarily enable INGOs to achieve their missions to alleviate poverty and eliminate injustice. Furthermore, the predominant use of practical accountability has led to a number of gaps in INGO accountability. It is suggested that, like the term 'participation' before it, accountability has been co-opted for its instrumental benefits to INGO project performance and management. It is argued that if INGOs are to achieve their missions, this will require more 'strategic' forms of accountability, geared towards fundamentally changing those social, economic, and political structures that promote poverty.<p>This article is hosted by our co-publisher Taylor & Francis.</p>en
dc.format.extent18en
dc.format.mimetypePDFen
dc.language.isoEnglishen
dc.publisherOxfam GBen
dc.publisherRoutledgeen
dc.relation.urlhttp://policy-practice.oxfam.org.uk/publications/increasing-strategic-accountability-a-framework-for-international-ngos-130854
dc.subjectApproach and methodology
dc.titleIncreasing strategic accountability: a framework for international NGOsen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.identifier.eissn1364-9213en
dc.identifier.journalDevelopment in Practiceen
oxfam.signoff.statusFor public use – can be shared outside Oxfamen
oxfam.subject.keywordDevelopment methods
oxfam.subject.keywordDevelopment in Practice Journal
oxfam.subject.keywordDiP
prism.number2en
prism.volume17en


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