Charter of Accountability

Charter of Accountability

An initiative, led by both local and national NGOs, for transforming the humanitarian system towards making the affected of the humanitarian crisis as the
focus with recognition of the important role of the local actors in the process.

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The CHarter Of Accountability

We the undersigned endorser organisations of the Charter 4 Change, working in humanitarian action, recognize the Charter for Change (C4C) as an important step to realizing the recommended actions during the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) process in 2016.

We appreciate the 8-point commitments of the INGOs to deliver change within their own organisational ways of working in order for southern-based national actors to play an increased and more prominent role in humanitarian response as key start of transforming the humanitarian system towards making the affected of the humanitarian crisis as the focus with recognition of the important role of the local actors in the process.

We the undersigned C4C endorser organisations believe that the transformation of the humanitarian system can only be hastened when southern-based NGOs, working in partnership with international NGOs, will not only perform supportive role but become pro-active partners in the change process.

We therefore take it upon ourselves the responsibility to ensure that we make the people affected of crisis as the focus of our humanitarian work and make ourselves accountable to them. We also take responsibility in holding our partner signatory INGOs to account for the fulfillment of their commitments to the Charter for Change and influence the non-signatories to support.

We the undersigned C4C endorser organisations recognize that while we need to consider country specific context in developing a framework of accountability for local actors, we also believe that we need to develop a global charter that is applicable in all contexts that we could commit to and which we could further contextualize, innovate and adopt at country level. Thus after 3 months of open consultations through on-line platform, face-to-face meetings, and country-level discussions that ensured wide and extensive participation among all C4C endorsers, we the undersigned have adopted and commit to:

The COA can be downloaded in English and French.

COA COMMITMENTS for C4C Endorsers

The Charter of Accountability (COA) includes 8 Commitments that local and national NGOs agree to implement, to ensure that we make the people affected of crisis as the focus of our humanitarian work and make ourselves accountable to them.

DIRECT FUNDING

Hold ourselves and partners accountable in all humanitarian funding received

PARTNERSHIP

Uphold Accountable and Meaningful Partnerships

TRANSPARENCY

Uphold transparency and accountability on utilization of aid

RECRUITMENT

Enhance capacity of our staff to meet mutually agreed standards with partners

ADVOCACY

Strengthen local leadership and role of local actors

EQUALITY

Ensure participatory process in programming

SUPPORT

Strengthening our organizational capacity to become more effective and efficient

PROMOTION

Upholding the protection of rights and dignity of people in our communication

SIGNATORIES & ENDORSEMENTS of the Charter of Accountability

The Charter of Accountability has been signed by 62 local and national NGOs from 16 countries across the world who committed their organisations to change the way they work by implementing the 8 COA commitments above and endorsed by X International NGOs , calling on their local and national partners to work on signing the 8 commitments.

COA Signatories

Image credits: BATAS Foundation in Nepal, TEAR Australia, Care Nepal, Diakonie katastrophenhilfe, Trocaire