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Debating NGO Accountability
Submitted by jcravens42 on January 19, 2007 - 7:38pm.
The United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS)
Concerns about the role and accountability of NGOs have been voiced from different quarters in recent years. Some donors, governments, corporations, and international agencies raise important questions about the effectiveness of NGO work and the legitimacy of their advocacy. Some NGOs have also recognized the need to ensure good practice in the wider voluntary sector. For this emerging agenda to lead to positive development outcomes, we need to ask what initiatives will improve the accountability of all institutions to the people whose lives they shape, and what initiatives could serve merely to undermine NGOs useful and largely accepted role in holding business and government accountable for their actions. With this in mind, the new Development Dossierfrom NGLS, "Debating NGO Accountability" by Dr. Jem Bendell, puts democracy and human rights firmly at the centre of the debate about NGO accountability.
It is our hope that this publication sheds light on and adds value to today's important discussion of NGO accountability and contributes towards a better understanding of the issues at stake for democratic societies and democratic governance.
This new publication is available for free download on the UN-NGLS web site.