Global Accountability Index blog

Canary Wharf Skyline, 2010 

Following the publication in September last year of Pathways to Accountability: The GAP Framework, the One World Trust will be launching this December the Global Accountability Index, which will compare the accountability of 30 of the world’s most powerful organisations from the across the private, public and non-profit sectors.

Underlying the initiative is the realisation that problems such as climate change, conflict and poverty are global in nature and require global solutions. States alone are inadequate to respond to such complex issues. As a result, intergovernmental organisations (IGOs), transnational corporations (TNCs) and international NGOs (INGOs) have gained an increasingly important role in the governance of international affairs. The dispersal of decision making power has led to the rise of accountability as one of the key issues in the area of global governance.

The IGOs that are going to be assessed are:

  • Bank for International Settlements (BIS)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  • Global Environment Facility (GEF)
  • International Labor Organization (ILO)
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
  • World Bank
  • World Trade Organization (WTO) 

The TNCs that are going to be assessed are:

  • Anglo American plc
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Nestle
  • News Corporation
  • Pfizer Inc
  • RWE
  • Toyota
  • Wal-Mart Stores Inc

And finally, the INGOs that are going to be assessed are:

  • ActionAid International
  • Amnesty International
  • Human Life International
  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU)
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Oxfam International
  • World Vision International (WVI)
  • WWF International (WWF)

This is an impressive list and a huge task. I am looking forward to the results. In the meantime, should you wish to take part in the run-up discussions, check the Global Accountability Index blog, which is already hosting a really interesting debate on International NGOs: Who comes first – donors or beneficiaries?, which I’ll personally be contributing to soon, given my background in statutory funding.


8 responses to “Global Accountability Index blog

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  2. The One World Trust seeks to evaluate IGOs, TNCs and INGOs on four criteria: transparency, participation, evaluation, complaint and response mechanisms. I would argue that the two most important criteria are missing from this list particularly when it comes to the INGOs: efficiency and independence. This, of course, would require field evaluations and political criticism. Probably not welcome by agencies who have submitted voluntarily to One World’s questionnaires.

    We don’t need more reports on Toyota’s CSR or Oxfam’s accounting practices. We need to promote far-reaching reforms, such as the World Bank’s voting structure, if we are to advocate for real change.

  3. I definitely agree with your broader point on far-reaching reforms, but I am not sure efficiency is a good measure of accountability. Sure, INGOs need to learn to balance their fuzzy objectives with hard, measurable outcomes, but an increase in efficiency doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll become more accountable. On the contrary…

    Sadly, when I think of the most efficient organisations in history, the first one that springs to mind is the Nazi concentration camp, closely followed by the colonial plantation…! Alas, it seems like the human race is capable of efficiency only when motivated by the most abject feelings….

  4. you said the world was gonna end in 2000 cause it had the 3 zeros and it didnt happen so i dont know what to really belive when the world gonna end

  5. I went to the launch…interesting and moving in the right direction. But not perfect.

    Patrick, I asked if there was a distinction between reporting initiatives and the OWT index and understood they are not trying to be another reporting tool. Also, one of the speakers, Lord Malloch-Brown, spoke strongly to the point you make on reforming key institutions.

  6. Heh. Nice. I want to improve my better metaphor I have a fresh joke for you) Why do bees have sticky hair? Because they use honeycombs!!

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  8. I think INGOs,NGOs,IGOs,TNCs and even regional groups are found with objectives to improve societies and less fortunate but on the contrary are for the organizers and founders of ideological nation-states and the powerful individuals.What can these oganizations do to develop mankind? Because wars are the ineffective and inefficient discriminatory attitudes of NGOs that bring about rhese vert situation try solve.The more government become the more crisis evolve.

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