As the sun sets on the 5th annual Global Accountability Week (#GAW2021 #BeAccountable), the Dynamic Accountability Community of Practice has captured some highlights from participating organisations around the world!

The Balkan Civil Society Development Network: A Regional Learning Event

BCSDN kick started GAW2021 with a workshop on Exploring a More Dynamic Approach to Accountability. Participants learned more about the dynamic accountability approach through an exploration of different practices and experiences carried out across the region. To learn more, click here

And if you haven’t already, check out their video below on how organisations can be more accountable:

CIVICUS Youth / Enhle Khumalo @ Accountable Now’s 2021 Annual Workshop

At the Accountable Now’s Annual Workshop on Dynamic Accountability as a systemic change enabler, Enhle Khumalo presented how the CIVICUS Youth Action Team has been re-imagining youth participation through the Youth Action Lab. Their experience highlights how stepping away from log-frames to work alongside communities and use more creative monitoring and evaluation methodologies like focusing on lived experiences, feedback and storytelling as key indicators for success. This also allows constituents to lead the process, rather than using a predetermined framework set by donors or international organisations, which has helped to produce better, more sustainable outcomes.

In addition to CIVICUS’ session, the Workshop saw other interesting sessions from World YWCA and Conner Advisory, Restless Development and Collective Discovery. After the workshop, we already saw very interesting reflections from participants, so keep an eye out for the outcome blog in the near future!

A Round Up of Accountability Actions

This year’s GAW 2021 also saw many organisations showcasing their accountability practices through tweets, visuals and banners. Check below for some of our DACoP Coordination team’s favourite and most innovative practices!

At Projet Jeune Leader, Madagascar (PJL), dynamic accountability has been integrated into their work through working alongside communities and listening to youth. As their staff used to work in schools as educators themselves, they understand the life context of youth constituents and can represent educators’ needs in partner communities and within the organization. (see their tweet here)

Another interesting highlight from PJL is their publication on Building Community Support for Comprehensive Sexuality Education, where they share strategies and practical tools for harnessing community support, enabling for similar projects to be built in such an outside-in manner. 

Additionally, another great example from Awaz Foundation Pakistan showcases how stakeholders should be involved throughout all organisational processes – from planning to evaluation!

Lastly, the Uganda National NGO Forum (UNNGF) shared how they have been running a training in Mobilising Support, supported by Change the Game Academy, which is an approach that seeks to ensure collective efforts towards addressing injustices in society, and is grounded in the C-L-A-S-P Principles. In essence the principles stand for 

  • Credibility: trustworthiness of your CSO in other people’s eyes and information and data you use. 
  • Legitimacy: how representative you are or your CSO are in taking a certain position and how you involve people for whom you speak.
  • Accountability: how transparent you are, and relates to e.g. answerability, account-giving, liability and blameworthiness.
  • Service Orientedness. Delivering a service, your attitude when mobilising support and representing your constituency and taking a leadership role. 
  • Power Base: How confident you are with regards to influencing policy. There are 4 levels of power; Power over, power with, power to and power within

Did we miss out on a cool highlight? Add your best highlights in the comment section below! While you’re at it, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter or join us at the Dynamic Accountability Community of Practice Google Group!

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