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Aid and humanitarian accountability

  • Feature

    Accountability – what’s in a word?

    4 July 2012
    The concept of “accountability”, like much humanitarian vocabulary, can be complex and elusive. Some organizations, like Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) do not even like using...
  • News

    Accountability in action

    4 July 2012
    AID POLICY: Accountability in action DUBAI, 4 July 2012 (IRIN) - Accountability has become a buzz word in the aid industry in recent years, but...
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    Stepping up to prevention

    4 July 2012
    AID POLICY: Stepping up to prevention DAKAR, 4 July 2012 (IRIN) - IRIN surveys the development of policy and practice since the launch of a...
  • Feature

    Accountability in Islam

    4 July 2012
    AID POLICY: Accountability in Islam DUBAI, 4 July 2012 (IRIN) - The rights-based framework may only have been formally adopted by the international humanitarian and...
  • News

    Seeing where the money goes

    4 July 2012
    AID POLICY: Seeing where the money goes LONDON, 4 July 2012 (IRIN) - Commuters on the London Underground may have looked up from their newspapers...
  • News

    Put accountability into practice

    4 July 2012
    How To: Put accountability into practice DUBAI, 4 July 2012 (IRIN) - At the highest levels, humanitarian aid agencies are increasingly realizing the importance of...
  • News

    Making Muslim aid more effective

    1 June 2012
    Between the foreign aid of oil-rich Gulf States and the billions of dollars spent by Muslims in “mandatory” alms and charity every year, the Muslim...
  • Feature

    Humanitarianism in a changing world

    4 April 2012
    There is “worrying evidence” that the scale and scope of disasters will increase significantly in coming years and “the international community is not prepared,” says...
  • News

    Cash catches up*

    6 December 2011
    Cash and voucher transfers are being scaled up and increasingly integrated into humanitarian relief efforts across the Horn of Africa, particularly in areas of insecurity,...
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    Making the most of mobiles

    7 September 2011
    It is not often a technology guru will say, “Forget the internet!” but Ken Banks, founder of Kiwanja.net , advocates going back to basics –...
  • Feature

    Message your way out of a crisis

    14 June 2010
    Help for people facing humanitarian catastrophe could be a text message or mouse click away, thanks to software that has proved vital in humanitarian disasters...
  • News

    Put your mouth where your money is

    7 October 2009
    An emerging body of websites that can provide instant feedback on the use of aid money is sparking debate about whether such online tools could...
  • Analysis

    Unconditional money

    2 August 2010
    A World Bank study that put money in the hands of girls and their parents in Malawi's poor southern region has caused ripples across the...
  • News

    Social transfers reduce poverty

    17 September 2010
    Southern African countries have some of the world's worst income distribution, but can often afford social transfers, which have proved an efficient means of reducing...
  • News

    Beneficiary feedback: “thanks but no thanks”?

    9 June 2008
    'Participation', 'rights-based' and 'consultative' are all terms associated with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as the paradigm for humanitarian aid has shifted from agencies thinking they know...