Aid: Addressing the Accountability Gap
The number of people around the globe who are vulnerable to death, injury and impact from disaster is increasing every year, so timely and adequate support is crucial.
The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies reports that in 2008, more than 235,000 people were killed by disasters, 2.14 million affected, while the cost of disasters was over US$190 billion.
When a disaster happens, NGO and international agency efforts to mobilise assistance ensures that aid in cash and kind is immediately available to assist communities to mitigate and respond to disasters.
But where is the money spent and how often is there accountability for the funds collected? This session will address the issue of accountability and the need to ensure that a fail-proof system is in place for open monitoring and transparent information sharing for every dollar collected.