Communication and development

Seminar on "Transparent, Reliable, Understandable and Interactive: Challenges in Donors' Domestic Accountability"


Organised with l’Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the seminar Transparent, Reliable, Understandable and Interactive: Challenges in Donors' Domestic Accountability was held in Paris on 15 and 16 December 2009.

It gathered 70 development professionals in different fields (evaluation, communication, public information), but it also involved the public sector (ministries, public agencies, members of parliament), media and civil society.


Why is it important for development communicators to join the accountability debate?


Since the existence of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness (2005) results orientation and the accountability of governments towards its citizens have become the two focal points of development communication. This seminar tried to define what precisely accountability means with regard to different constituencies/target groups. It aimed to answer the following questions:

  • What are the mechanisms of accountability for development agencies? Who are the stakeholders involved? 
  • How does the accountability requirement bring about changes in tools for producing and disseminating the information about agencies’ actions?
  • What innovative tools have been developed to improve the accountability of agencies?
  • What are the implications of a commitment by agencies to strengthen their accountability towards citizens?
  • Have national Parliaments implemented specific tools to supervise the actions of agencies?
  • Who are the actors that put agencies under critical scrutiny (NGOs, civil society, etc)?
  • How are communicators building a common process for better results communication?


Below are the presentations and key documents from seminar (click on titles to download):


Framing the issue


Perspectives of accountability holders


Innovative tools of accountability

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