NGO Accountability

PADM-GP.4217, 2 points.

Semester: Spring

Courses

This short course will explore the concept of accountability within humanitarian intervention. In particular it will look at the contemporary significance of accountability for humanitarian response – when and why it has become an important concept for humanitarian intervention, and specific events that have led to a shift from donors to recipients of aid as the agents of accountability. 
 
Key questions that will be explored include:  
- To whom are humanitarian agencies accountable? What are the competing accountabilities and how do these influence program decisions and agency performance?
- Why is accountability to beneficiaries important during a humanitarian response? Aside from ideological views, why should the humanitarian sector be concerned with accountability to beneficiaries? What are its end goals?
- What does an effective accountability mechanism look like? How do agencies implement it?
- Do these work? In what contexts? How is their effectiveness being measured? By whom?
- Who are the main actors in this space? An examination of HAP, ALNAP, Listen First, ECB project, current NGO frameworks used in the field.



Prerequisites:

CORE-GP 1022

Semester Instructor Syllabus Link
Spring 2014Jessica AlexanderSyllabus
Spring 2010Diana HortschSyllabus
Spring 2008Diana HortschSyllabus
Spring 2008Diana HortschSyllabus
Spring 2008Diana HortschSyllabus
Semester Instructor Evaluation Link
Spring 2010Hortsch, DianaEvaluation
Spring 2008Hortsch, DianaEvaluation
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