Our Strategic Plan 2015-2020, sets out accountability and transparency as central to RI’s culture. Indeed, The RI Way of working includes transparency, accountability and deliberation (captured as Civic Skills) and Local Participation through the project life cycle, as two of its four core elements. We work with fragile, vulnerable, mobile communities, engaging community members as participants, not recipients. As a consequence, we listen to, learn from and explain our intentions and performance to the women and men, girls and boys, with whom we work, involving them as decision makers at each step of the program.
RI’s commitment to accountability to communities is codified across existing RI policies. We recognize that documenting codes and standards is only one step in the process and we aim to build a ‘culture of accountability’ through integrating our commitment across systems and practice. Practical steps, including the provision of trainings and tools outlining minimum standards, will aid staff in operationalizing the commitment. To that end, we have developed this Accountability to Communities Framework.
This Framework has two parts. First, we outline the principles guiding Relief International’s (RI’s) program approach to accountability to the community members with whom we work. Second, we list organizational actions that RI is implementing to realize these principles. This framework should be considered alongside RI Global, Regional and Country-level practical tools relating to RI’s commitment to accountability and the relevant policies governing RI staff practice.