GovernanceTransparencyaccountabilityMonitoring and evaluationExternal Relationscontextualization

Expertises

Some risks are barriers for the localization process: Corruption ; Money laundering, finance and activities mismanagement. 
Those risks can be reduced by strengthening the institutional capacities of local actors in the following areas of expertises:

Respect for the principles of good governance is a major concern for local and national actors who, given the context, must redouble their efforts and be rigorous in order to strengthen their credibility, reliability and reliability in the eyes of the population and donors. Good governance requires in particular:

  • That the actors do not use their privileged status to make personal profit.
  • The responsibility of all stakeholders.
  • Strengthening democratic leadership structures
  • Implementation of clear decision-making processes
  • The elaboration of complete statutes and rules of procedure.
  • Self-checking mechanisms.

Transparency of financial information

Local and national actors need to reassure beneficiaries and donors of their integrity in the financial management of humanitarian projects. This involves the planning, organization, control and transparent monitoring of financial resources. The development and sharing of reliable reports and reports on the use of funds and understandable donors, governments and populations. But also the use of an efficient and secure system of information sharing.

Transparency in the efficiency of the action

The analysis report of the means used to achieve the objectives is an essential tool in the context of a gap in humanitarian funding. It's not just about reporting the money spent, it's about demonstrating the effectiveness of the activities to achieve the goals.

AccountabilityParticipation of affected populations

The accountability approach to beneficiaries aims to integrate beneficiaries throughout the life cycle of the project cycle: the diagnostic phase, design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.

Reporting

Donors are increasingly demanding on the quality of the narrative and financial reports to be produced in the projects they fund. This requirement is reflected in the need to put in place specific procedures to respond to donor guidelines. This is complex since each donor has its own reporting requirements and formats.

Digital Communication

Communication is central to meeting the accountability requirement. It is an exchange process that involves a comprehensible information sharing of the recipient. Today, new technologies facilitate accountability, particularly through digital communication: SMS, instant messaging, social media, etc.

The use of new technologies in the humanitarian sector has significantly reduced data processing times, notably through the exponential use of mobile phones in place of manual seizures, and the ways in which they are shared have greatly improved. allowing a shared monitoring of activities and some indicators in real time. The quantity and quality of data collected, processed and analyzed has increased significantly, allowing for more holistic and accurate monitoring, and thus more informed decision-making.

Communication and Advocacy

In a competitive environment such as humanitarian aid, local and national actors must make their results, achievements and the impact of their activities. They must clearly demonstrate their added value, which translates into their knowledge and understanding of the complex political and cultural environments and the cost-effectiveness of their interventions.

Coordination and effective partnership

Skills4Aid intends to support local and national actors in developing partnership strategies. It will help to collectively develop the guidelines on good partnership.

Skills4Aid intends to inform and reinforce the knowledge of local and national actors on the resources and coordination tools allowing them to participate better in the international humanitarian system, in particular to clusters.

Fundraising

Local and national actors have great difficulty in raising funds directly from donors. Therefore, it is necessary to increase their knowledge about the existence of funds (eg pooled fund) and how to access them.

The training tools are mostly developed globally based on international standards. Especially :

  • The fundamental humanitarian standard of quality and accountability
  • The International Initiative for Aid Transparency (IATI) Standard
  • The essential standards Sphere

It is important to note that the issues of accountability and transparency are standards that appear complex when they are developed and implemented in the field actions, or when we look at the perception of stakeholders . ; To ensure ownership and institutionalization of these tools, they will be contextualized across the organization or institution.

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