Accountability and Stewardship

9014 Words Mar 27th, 2011 37 Pages
Table of Contents

1.0 Introduction 1 2.0 Accountability 4 2.1 Definition 4 2.2 Objective of Accountability 6 2.3 Principle for Effective Accountability 7 2.4 Types of Accountability 8 2.5 Components of Accountability 13 2.6 Accountability Model in Malaysian Government 15 2.7 Efforts towards achieving Accountability 17 2.8 The impact of lack of accountability 19 2.9 Problems/Challenges to achieve Accountability 21 2.10 Recommendation to improve Accountability 24 2.11 Information Technology support Accountability 26 2.12 Audit support Accountability 29 2.13 The relations between Accountability and Stewardship 31 3.0 Stewardship 33 3.1 Definition 33 3.2 The implication of Stewardship 36 3.3 Challenge in
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The relation between these two concepts can be shown in below.

Accountability ensures actions and decisions taken by public officials are subject to oversight so as to guarantee that government initiatives meet their stated objectives and respond to the needs of the community they are meant to be benefiting, thereby contributing to better governance and poverty reduction. Accountability is one of the cornerstones of good governance; however, it can be difficult for scholars and practitioners alike to navigate the myriad of different types of accountability. Recently, there has been a growing discussion within both the academic and development communities about the different accountability typologies.
The notion of accountability is an amorphous concept that is difficult to define in precise terms. However, broadly speaking, accountability exists when there is a relationship where an individual or body, and the performance of tasks or functions by that individual or body, are subject to another’s oversight, direction or request that they provide information or justification for their actions. Therefore, the concept of accountability involves two distinct stages: answerability and enforcement. Answerability refers to the obligation of the government, its agencies and public officials to
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