NGOs are accountable to multiple constituencies, including donors, the public, their boards of directors and staff, partners and the people they serve or represent.
InterAction promotes accountability within our own community in several different ways, through:
- PVO Standards: To join and remain a part of InterAction, member organizations must adhere to, and report compliance on, InterAction’s Private Voluntary Organization (PVO) Standards. These standards help ensure that members are accountable in the vital areas of financial management, fundraising, governance and program performance. InterAction members must certify compliance every two years. As practices or the environment in which our members operate change, InterAction updates its standards. Our Gifts-in-Kind Working Group recently revised the standards on medical supplies, and has drafted new standards on food aid, educational materials and clothing. For more information, please contact Carolyn Aeby.
- Monitoring & Evaluation: NGOs, donors and program participants want to know if development and humanitarian interventions are on track and producing intended results. InterAction supports consistent and rigorous M&E practices to help enable our members be accountable to their multiple stakeholders. For more information, please contact Benjamin Bestor.
- Transparency: Transparency is a precondition for accountability. InterAction promotes transparency among our members through NGO Aid Map, an initiative focused on collecting information on NGOs' work at the project level and making it accessible to donors, NGOs, businesses, governments and the public through an online, interactive mapping tool. For more information about InterAction’s transparency work, please contact Reid Porter.
In addition to NGO accountability, InterAction promotes donor accountability through our work on aid and development effectiveness. This work seeks to improve donors’ accountability to recipient governments, communities and civil society; to ensure donors are more transparent about how aid is spent; and to hold them accountable for achieving development results. In recent international agreements, such as the 2005 Paris Declaration, the 2008 Accra Agenda for Action, and the 2011 Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, donors have committed to implementing a variety of measures aimed at increasing the effectiveness of aid, including improvements in mutual accountability, accountability to those intended to benefit from aid, and transparency.