Yes! But before diving deep into your question, first, let us learn about accountability.
Accountability refers to an organization being answerable to a third party. It relates to the obligation of an individual or organization to account for its activities, accept responsibility for them, and to disclose the results transparently.
It is a vast term that encompasses several issues of an NGO; some of these may include organizational management structure, financial procedures, human resource policies etc.
Experts suggest that organizations with high accountability and credibility are preferred more by donors and are more likely to get funded.
Now coming to your question, you can ensure accountability of your NGO in the following ways:
- Registration: Make sure your organization has a legal status and registered under a relevant legal framework. But just registration of your NGO will not help you in enhancing your accountability but would also enable you to interact with government agencies and diverse donors.Your chances of getting financial support and assistance will also increase.
- Accreditations and certifications: This refers to an external agency certifying that your organization complies with a set of norms and policies. Accreditation ensures that your organization has evaluated by a third party and fulfils the nationally recommended standards and guidelines.
- Annual Reports: Publishing your annual reports time to time is a great way to ensure that you are fulfilling the required activities responsibly. The annual report provides the readers with details about all the activities that your organization undertook a particular year. Make sure you use images and data to represent significant changes and activities that you completed in a specific year. Read more