Section outline

  • Introduction

    In 2014, the Humanitarian Committee of the Danish NGO Forum (now Global Focus) started a capacity building project, “Accountability in Action”, to develop and strengthen their own accountability framework through a number of workshops on accountability. The below webinar series was part of that project. The purpose was to complement the in-person “Accountability in Action” workshops that took place in Copenhagen by making the topics presented in Copenhagen available to a wider audience. 

    The five webinars below will introduce the key principles in accountability to affected communities; discuss how these can be applied in different types of organizations; and provide a forum for discussion of the challenges and the potential impact of accountability to affected communities on the quality of programmes and projects.

    Under each heading below, you will find the presentations from that webinar. The first three modules had two presentations in each, whereas module four and five has one presenter. The presentations are also available as pdf-documents below.

    If you have any questions or comments related to this webinar series, please contact Natascha Felix, Learning Consultant and Anti-corruption Advisor in DanChurchAid:

    • Module I: Basic accountability principle and benchmarks

      In this webinar, we introduce the status of the accountability debate and present the key principles of accountability to affected communities.

      Accountability Current Debate

      The first prensetation is done by Lisa Henry, Humanitarian Director, DanChurchAid. She sets the scene in terms of certification schemes and outlines the status of the accountability debate: 

      Key Principles of Accountability

      The second presentation was done by Niels Bentzen, Policy Advisor, Risk and Compliance, Danish Refugee Council. Framed within the experience of Danish Refugee Councils road to HAP certification, Niels gives a crash-course on the key principles of accountability to affected communities:

    • Module II: The accountability chain when working in partnerships and alliances

      The two presentations in this webinar deal with the challenges in ensuring a high level of accountability throughout the 'accountability chain' in organisational settings with several layers of stakeholders, such as partner-based organisations and members of global alliances.

      Accountability in Alliances

      The first presentation is done by Emily Rogers, Performance and Accountability Advisor with British Red Cross, who presents how BRC works with accountability in their alliance setup:

      Accountability in Partnerships

      The second presentation by Annette Ringaard, Humanitarian Accountability Focal Point and advisor with DanChurchAid, presents the perspective from a partner based organisation and introduces how DanChurchAid has implemented their accountability framework and involved partners in that process: 

    • Module III: Working with accountability during conflict

      In this webinar, we present and discuss experiences of the specific challenges and lessons from working with accountability in conflict situations.

      Strategic Analysis and Accountability

      The first presentation is by Caelum Moffatt, Middle East and Eurasia Strategic Analyst, Save the Children International. Caelum underlines the importance of strategic analysis and discusses ways to implement and make use of these both in terms of accountability commitments and monitoring in relation to conflict settings:

      Accountability in Conflict Settings

      The second presentation is done by Hannah Sanderson, Deputy Director for Programme Development and Quality, Save the Children Turkey, who discusses the challenges for monitoring and accountability in remote management operations. She includes some interesting examples of practical steps to take: 

    • Module IV: Improving impact: Do accountability mechanisms deliver results?

      The Impact of Accountability

      In this webinar, we will discuss the impact of accountability on the quality of programmes and projects seen from the perspective of the communities we work with. It asks the very relevant questions: Beyond the moral responsibility to be accountable to the people we work with, is there evidence that accountable programming delivers projects that are more relevant, effective or sustainable? And if so, what are the main practical elements of accountability that have an impact, and what are the factors that will reinforce or undermine the impact of accountability. 

      The presentation in this webinar is done by David Loquercio, Head of Policy and External Relations, The HAP secretariat: 

    • Module V: Management and implementation of accountability commitments

      Implementing Accountability

      In this webinar, we will present tools to the integration of accountability in quality management, how organisations can apply these, monitor the implementation and continually learn and improve from the feedback received from the communities we work with and other stakeholders.

      The presentation in this webinar is done by Ester Dross, Independent accountability consultant: