How does accountability improve results? The author and commissioning agencies of a new report, Improving Impact: do accountability mechanisms deliver results?, will present the findings from their research in Myanmar and Kenya at this ALNAP-hosted event. The report is the first of its kind to provide evidence of the contribution of accountability mechanisms to improving the quality and impact of aid projects.
Across the humanitarian and development sectors, accountability from NGOs to project participants has been significantly strengthened in recent years. Yet good practice remains patchy, and there has been little robust evidence for the contribution that accountability mechanisms actually make to project quality. Jointly commissioned by Christian Aid, Save the Children UK and HAP, this research demonstrates the value of introducing accountability mechanisms into projects.
The report draws on the experiences of communities in Kenya and Myanmar as well as documentation from 15 other agencies. It presents compelling evidence of the contribution of accountability mechanisms to project relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability, and in addition it offers a tried and tested methodology for other agencies to adopt in order to increase the evidence base around accountability practices with the view of improving impact across the sector. The event will be followed by refreshments and an opportunity for informal discussion.
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