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WEBINAR: Accountability to Affected People: Taking Account, Giving Account and Being Held to Account – Buzzwords or Benefits for People in Crises? Practical Lessons from Field Operations

What does accountability to affected people mean in a practical sense and what do we need to be doing differently?

Accountability to affected populations seems to be a buzzword that we hear a lot these days, but many don’t fully understand its meaning. The Inter Agency Standing Committee Principals have agreed to the ‘5 Commitments on Accountability to Affected Populations’ (CAAP) but how are these supposed to be applied in the field?

In this 90-minute webinar we aim to explore what AAP practically means in humanitarian operations. Our panellists will discuss the differences between accountability and participation, and between collective and individual accountability, and share concrete examples and tips for how to practically implement our AAP commitments. Through examples from the Philippines, South Sudan and Kenya we will explore what changes we should be seeing in humanitarian operations as a result of greater accountability to affected people.  

The panelists will be:

  • Jasmine Whitbread, CEO Save the Children and IASC AAP Champion
  • Toby Lanzer, Humanitarian Coordinator, South Sudan
  • Nicolas Séris, Transparency International, Global advisor on Accountability and Aid Integrity
  • Sutapa Howlader, AAP Advisor (ex-Philippines)
  • Preeta Law, Co-chair IASC Task Team on Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) & Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA), UNHCR

with Panos Moumtzis, Director of the Senior Transformative Agenda Implementation Team (STAIT), as facilitator.

This webinar took place on Thursday 16 April 2015.

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Background documents:

Accountability to Affected Populations - The Operational Framework (IASC Transformative Agenda Protocol)

Preventing Corruption in Humanitarian Operations - A Handbook of Good Practices (Transparency International, 2010)

Food Assistance Integrity Study, Analysis of the 2011 Drought response in Kenya (Transparency International, 2012)

The Good Enough Guide: Impact Measurement and Accountability in Emergencies (Emergency Capacity Building Project)

Lessons from Haiyan: five steps to improve accountability to affected people

Accountability to affected populations and Protection of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: Key learning from Typhoon Haiyan response in the Philippines

Collective feedback Mechanism for beneficiaries of The Somalia Return Consortium

The 3 Components of Accountability to Affected People – Working DRAFT April 2015

Proposition Paper for the World Humanitarian Summit: Enhancing Community Engagement during Humanitarian Response (April 2015)

Flyer for the IASC AAP PSEA Help Desk

STAIT webinar - Accountability to Affected People - 16 April - presentation

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16 Apr 2015 - 10:00 to 11:30
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