Global Agenda Council on Institutional Governance Systems 2012-2014
International organizations are essential yet polarizing actors in today’s multidimensional and multistakeholder world. Their missions range from improving global health to defining trade policies to preventing wars and rebuilding societies. They are called on to solve some of the world’s most entrenched issues – what Kofi Annan called “problems without passports”. Throughout their history, international organizations have been criticized for being ineffective, slow to react and lacking in power. There is some merit to these criticisms. But much of the problem stems from the lack of transparency regarding their strategies, the impact of their work and their methods for self-evaluation. Without sufficient accountability, international organizations risk coming under increased criticism and scrutiny. They could find themselves spending more time defending their existence than focusing on their mission.
What the Council is doing about it
The Global Agenda Council on Institutional Governance Systems seeks to open up the discussion on accountability and raise its profile among international organizations. It is working on a “state of accountability” index, covering leading international organizations, which would highlight their current accountability status. The Council will also produce a report addressing the importance of institutional and practical accountability, including the accountability of an organization’s leader.
The Council has been working with external researchers to gather the information needed to produce the index and the report, and to build a solid methodological base for this work. Once it has finalized this, it aims to conduct workshops with international organizations to gain their feedback and support. The Council will release a short report at the Summit on the Global Agenda 2013 in Abu Dhabi that focuses on the importance of accountability and provides a taster of the index.
“Without sufficient accountability, international organizations risk coming under increased criticism and scrutiny. They could find themselves spending more time defending their existence than focusing on their mission.”
Ideally, the Council will encourage a larger public debate on this topic and persuade international organizations to actively support and encourage greater transparency in their functioning and leadership.
To get involved please contact
Council Manager: Shubhra Saxena Kabra, Knowledge Manager, Global Agenda Councils, firstname.lastname@example.org
Forum Lead: Martina Gmür, Senior Director, Head of the Global Agenda Councils, email@example.com
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