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  • Hi Farah So great to see the number and variety of responses to your common but important question. I agree with the comments fully and find it to be a core issue in providing relevant, timely and impactful Aid. As such I am part of a new charity designing ...

  • Alexei, I appreciate how you have reflected on your own experiences. Competition among NGOs for the same funding pool results in myriad assessments, especially if it's in new territories that the NGO has not previously worked on or a new sector they are ...

  • Dear Farah Osman, While you received many answers on the question "does this affect accountability", I see that only a few people responded to "what would be your suggestions for how to address it". A few months ago I conducted a sort of post-implementation ...

  • Dear Osman, This feedback is usually given through meetings involving community leaders and representatives with hope that the same will be cascaded downwards. For instance, leaders of youth groups, women's groups, faith leaders, camp leaders among others. ...

  • As others pointed out, communities are mostly frustrated about having dozens of agencies roaming around, asking the same questions over and over again, with little result in terms of programmes or projects being initiated. Most of these "assessments", ...

  • Dear Farah Osman,  It sounds like we are all in agreement about the answer - not giving feedback does affect accountability. I had one very striking experience in a community affected by chronic conflict that I returned to several times over the course ...

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  • Dear Farah Osman, This is a very important topic that you have addressed. I would like to clearly confirm the importance of accountability and transparency during assessments. For how will communities be able to have a say in the overall process if they ...

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  • Hi Farah Osman, I would say that not sharing results does affect accountability to the people you are trying to help. When we use their time to conduct a needs assessment – or any other assessment – and use results to make decisions that affect them, ...

  • Hi Osman, I would answer quite simply: that is accountability. In the sense that, basing a response directly on the community's needs and keeping them informed is the basis for accountability. As far as how to do it, I will let someone with concrete, ...

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