AI, Oxfam International and nine other NGOs adopt "Accountability Charter"

A group of eleven international NGOs, including Amnesty International (AI) and Oxfam International have endorsed an "International Non-Governmental Organizations Accountability Charter." AI stated that by adopting the charter these NGOs wish to demonstrate their "internal desire to be transparent and accountable." Irene Kahn, Secretary-General of AI noted that "NGOs are playing an increasingly prominent role in setting the agenda in today’s globalised world. This places a clear responsibility on us to act with transparency and accountability." The "core values" which the charter sets for NGOs include "good governance and management; fundraising and multi-stakeholder engagement… independence, responsible advocacy, effective programmes, non-discrimination, transparency and ethical fundraising." NGO Monitor will examine and report on the degree to which this new and important commitment is implemented.

See "NGOs to practice what they preach,"  Terra Viva UN Journal, June 12, 2006.

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