Humanitarian actors play an increasingly important role in assisting populations affected by conflict, displacement and disasters. However, doubts around performance and effectiveness as well as scandals related to misuse of funds and sexual abuse have stimulated debates over the years about how to establish more effective and wider reaching accountability practices and systems. This drive to enhance the accountability of humanitarian actors further stems from the increasing recognition that affected populations’ inclusion and participation in decision-making is key for the delivery of effective, efficient and relevant humanitarian assistance.
This project explores legal and other frameworks of accountability for humanitarian actors, and seeks to develop an improved understanding of accountability and its place and implications in humanitarian work. Focusing on humanitarian responses in displacement situations, the project also aims to generate improved insights into the ways in which accountability concepts and mechanisms function in practice through empirical field research with prominent international humanitarian organisations and local partners.