The ability of citizens to demand accountability and more open government is fundamental
to good governance. There is growing recognition of the need for new approaches to
the ways in which donors support accountability, but no broad agreement on what changed
practice looks like. This publication aims to provide more clarity on the emerging
practice. Based on four country studies Mali, Mozambique, Peru and Uganda, a survey
of donor innovations and cutting-edge analysis in this field, and the findings of
a series of special high-level international dialogues on how to best support accountability
support to parliaments, political parties, elections and the media. The publication
takes the view that a wholesale shift in behaviour is required by parts of the development
assistance community - moving outside conventional comfort zones and changing reflexes
towards new approaches to risk taking, analysis and programming around systems of
accountability and ‘do no harm’ efforts in political engagement.
This piece is aimed at a range of development practitioners, as well as a wider audience,
including civil society actors and citizens around the world who interact with donors
working on accountability support.