Beneficiary Accountability

Tearfund says as one of its quality standards that we are committed to being fully accountable to project participants, communities, partners, supporters and donors for the work we undertake  and the resources entrusted to us.

The core humanitarian standard incorporates these principles of accountability in standards 4: Humanitarian response is based on communication, participation and feedback and 5: Complaints are welcomed and addressed.

But what does this mean in practice and what steps can we take to ensure that our projects and programmes outwork this commitment fully?  This module will enable you to answer the following questions:

  • What does accountability mean?

  • What are the six steps to implementing accountability in a project?

  • How is accountability reflected in the Core Humanitarian Standard?

  • How can I practically incorporate accountability practices into my programme?

The quality standards field guide is also a useful accompanying guide for implementing accountability into your programme.