The Role of NGO Self-Regulation in Increasing Stakeholder AccountabilityThe paper is concerned with developing an understanding of under what conditions self-regulation initiatives can increase NGO’s accountability to their beneficiaries.
The paper is structured in four sections: the first outlines the worldwide growth of the NGO sector and the recent rise of the NGO accountability agenda. The second discusses the different understandings of accountability that exist within the NGO sector and argues for the application of the stakeholder approach. It then identifies the multiple stakeholders to which NGOs are accountable and outlines how the strength and clarity of these different accountability relationships vary. The third section is concerned with NGO self-regulation initiatives. It outlines the forces that underlie their emergence and develops a typology to better understand their different structures and strategies. The fourth section investigates the extent to which self-regulation initiatives are strengthening NGOs accountability to their beneficiaries.Author(s): Robert Lloyd