Dynamic Accountability

Civil society organisations (CSOs) play a critical role in creating just and equal societies, promoting gender equality and protecting a healthy planet. We work with multiple stakeholders at all levels and to be successful, we need to be in constant dialogue with our stakeholders to understand what they want, what they have to offer and how we can work together effectively to achieve change.

This concept was originally coined by Restless Development that has been adopted and developed by the Global Standard. There is not yet a fully comprehensive and single simple definition of Dynamic Accountability. Any definition cannot be static but needs to, like the name itself implies, adapt over time.

How can we understand Dynamic Accountability ?

The change in power dynamics lies at the heart of Dynamic Accountability. We transform the way we work with CSOs and step away from thinking about what information we need from them, what questions we want them to answer and which channels we will offer them. Instead we give space for people to speak, to explore with them what being accountable actually means.

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