Friday, January 14, 2011

The Performance Of International Aid Agencies Examined In New Report

A groundbreaking new report, launched this week by our friends at Keystone (who we are working with us on our pilot test with graduate students to develop CN 2.0), contains powerful new data on the performance of international aid agencies. The report summaries feedback from over 1,000 local partners in developing countries and has the potential to create a new reporting standard.

The report has two major findings.
  1. Local organizations send a clear message. They do not want to be treated as sub-contractors, carrying out international agencies’ projects and priorities. They want agencies’ help to become independent and influential organizations in their own right, responding flexibly to local people’s needs
  2. Feedback is a reliable way of measuring performance. Benchmarks have been calculated and direct comparisons can be made between aid agencies – which is a first for the sector. The report calls for a new reporting standard for agencies that fund local partners. It would create a new level of transparency and accountability, so funds can be directed towards the best performing agencies.

Keystone project leader Alex Jacobs discusses the report in the BBC News clip below. Sarah Jacobs from Save The Children endorses how useful it is saying the "report is something the humanitarian sector as a whole needs to look at".



You have the option to download the full report or the executive summary.

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