Charter of Accountability

Charter of Accountability

An initiative, led by local and national NGO C4C endorsers, aimed to strengthen downward accountability of the humanitarian system to the affected of the humanitarian crisis by enabling  locally-led action through strengthening principled partnership between local/national and international humanitarian actors.


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.


The Charter of Accountability (COA) includes 8 Commitments that local and national NGOs agree to implement, to strengthen downward accountability of the humanitarian system to the affected of the humanitarian crisis.


Hold ourselves and partners accountable in all humanitarian funding received


Uphold Accountable and Meaningful Partnerships


Uphold transparency and accountability on utilization of aid


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


Strengthen local leadership and role of local actors


Ensure participatory process in programming


Strengthening our organizational capacity to become more effective and efficient


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 over 110 local and national NGOs from 18 countries across the world who committed their organisations to change the way they work by implementing the 8 COA commitments above and endorsed by 1 International NGO , calling on their local and national partners to work on signing the 8 commitments.

COA Signatories

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