ABOUT US

Accountability International’s vision is a world where there is accountability for the lives, human rights and wellbeing of all persons, across all spheres of society.

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Accountability International’s vision is a world where there is accountability for the lives, human rights and wellbeing of all persons, across all spheres of society.

Accountability International(AI) is an African-led civil society organisation that works to improve accountability to the most marginalised. From our head office in South Africa, we conduct research and advocacy that allows us to do our work as a watchdog and hold various leaders accountable.

We conceptualise and implement innovatively designed projects that are led by our collaboration with marginalised communities. We put huge emphasis on needs-based research and community-led advocacy. We have developed more than a dozen scorecards since we began in 2005, all as a means to contribute to the demand for accountability from all leaders, whether at global, regional, national or community level.

We provide technical advice in many spaces, and yet remain committed to ensuring that our spaces, communications and products are all highly accessible to all people.

We play a watchdog role and work to enhance the capacity of other civil society actors to also take up their role as watchdogs, for sustainable, resilient and inclusive human rights for all.

We use the Participatory Action Research (PAR) model, a best practice in which communities co- develop and lead the methodology, development of research tools, conduct the research and produce the final analysis & context-specific and advocacy-focused reports.

Partnerships are a fundamental element in our work. Over the years, we have developed excellent partnerships with hundreds of organisations, from major implementing partners to community-based organisations with national or local bases.

Our Mission


As a watchdog ourselves, our mission is to amplify the diverse voices of marginalised communities, by ensuring that the voices of the community lead all our work. We collaborate with marginalized communities to actively exercise their role as watchdog and hold various leaders accountable. We do this by enabling increased transparency, promoting dialogue and supporting action as catalysts for increased accountability.


Our Values


We are committed to human rights for all. Without exception.

Our work is intended to contribute to the fulfilment of human rights for marginalised people who are made vulnerable by the intersecting struggles emanating from their identities, expressions, behaviours, geopolitical and socio-economic status.

Our Accountability Framework

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As a watchdog ourselves, our mission is to amplify the diverse voices of marginalised communities, by ensuring that the voices of the community lead all our work. We collaborate with marginalized communities to actively exercise their role as watchdog and hold various leaders accountable. We do this by enabling increased transparency, promoting dialogue and supporting action as catalysts for increased accountability.


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1. Transparency


Data, full, relevant, correct, accurate and unbiased data that is methodologically sound, periodically, transparently and inclusively collected, analysed and reported as well as transparent about its failings and limitations is a vital starting point for any discussion on developing a response to attain sustainable, resilient and inclusive human rights access.

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2. Dialogue


Dialogue should mean all relevant stakeholders can meaningfully and freely participate, without fear, in the discussions and debates, share their successes and learn from their failures, so that all leaders, including duty-bearers, are able to be more accountable to the commitments they must implement.

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3. Action


Action is necessary for leaders to improve their delivery on human rights. Tangible and pragmatic, measurable and realistic are required so that we can realise a world where there is accountability for the lives, human rights and wellbeing of all persons, across all spheres of society. All leaders, not just governments, need to act to ensure transparency and dialogue are part of the development process.

Our Board


Accountability International is governed by a board of trustees. To maintain the independence, impartiality and reliability of the foundation, AI has adopted transparent and publicly available codes and policies.


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Our Staff


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