Accountability Is The Foundation For Humanitarian Aid

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Accountability is the foundation for humanitarian aid because it dictates the level of effectiveness of the response. Also, it allows humanitarian agencies to manage risk in disastrous situations and affected populations. As defined by HAP, “Accountability is the means through which power is used responsibly. It is a process of taking into account the views of, and being held accountable by different stakeholders, and primarily the people affected by authority or power” (HAP, 2010). HAP clarifies that when referring to power and accountability, it does not mean that the agencies have power over the community. However, the agencies have the responsibility to control the way power is used within these crisis-affected populations. Regardless,…show more content…
The example of Typhoon Haiyan response upholds how a more organized and relevant approach to approving AAP will initiate more support of networks. Aside from the Haiyan response, there are have been other attempts at improving accountability within humanitarian agencies. Another example is the Pakistan Accountability & Learning Working Group (ALWG) is a way to link accountability both globally and locally. Lastly, Sierra Leone is an example of how humanitarian agencies attempt to collect data about the affected areas in hopes of a more comprehensive approach. In order to develop better accountability methods, it must have a consolidated approach, which means that the agencies must understand the area they are serving. Humanitarian agencies should have the intentions of listening and responding to the needs of these affected areas, listening is not adequate. By having a more consolidated approach, the agencies are able to obtain data about the crisis areas, and with this data they can provide a more realistic approach.

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