Accountability and Democratic Governance

Orientations and Principles for Development

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.

Published on September 15, 2014

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Foreword and Acknowledgements
Acronyms and abbreviations
Executive summary
Orientations on development co-operation, accountability and democratic governance5 chapters available
The role of accountability in promoting good governance
Considering the political dimension, getting traction and achieving results
Taking systems approach to accountability in developing countries
Ensuring development co-operation helps rather than hinders accountability
Conclusions and strategic orientations to improve support to accountability
Principles for assistance to accountability actors and institutions: Elections, political parties, the media, parliament and revenue matters7 chapters available
Introduction to principles for assistance to accountability
Principles for international electoral assistance
Principles for political party assistance
Principles for media assistance
Principles for parliamentary assistance
Principles for supporting developing countries in revenue matters
Annex A - Recommendations from case studies in Mali, Mozambique, Peru and Uganda
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