Is mutual accountability feasible? A conceptual discussion with policy implications
Mutual accountability is one of five principles of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. Yet comparatively little has been written about this principle and how it is operationalised. It remains ill-defined and poorly understood by the stakeholders involved. A review of the existing literature and analysis of experiences of operationalising mutual accountability, primarily in Africa, point to ways of strengthening this principle. This includes engaging in dialogue with multiple stakeholders on the full range of relevant issues before a mutual accountability framework is put in place. Also, a thorough political economy analysis of the entire mutual accountability chain, with a risk assessment as an integral part, should be undertaken. Donors should encourage recipient countries to introduce performance contracts for senior civil servants with a view to monitoring performance over time and to providing incentives for behaviour in accordance with the standards of a rule-based and accountable public service. Donors on the other hand should chart exit strategies that provide recipient governments with clear indications as to how long and at what level of support they are likely to engage under normal circumstances so as to ensure predictability of aid flows. Finally, a strong anti-corruption lens should be included in mutual accountability concepts and practices.
See the theme pages on the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre.
The role of civil society in the UNCAC review process: Moving beyond compliance?
Marijana Trivunovic, Nils Taxell, Jesper Johnsøn, Rita de Cássia Biason
Can UNCAC address grand corruption?
Hannes Hechler, Gretta Fenner Zinkernagel, Lucy Koechlin, Dominic Morris
La CNUCC en bref: Guide pratique sur la Convention des Nations Unies contre la corruption à l'intention des membres du corps diplomatique et des organismes donateurs
An ambassador's guide to the United Nations Convention against Corruption
Media From the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean, Communication Systems in Portuguese-Speaking Africa
Orre, Aslak Jangård & Helge Rønning
Media Ownership in Africa in the Digital Age: Challenges, Continuity and Change
Post-war ruling parties and their youth wings : How old rebels handle the African millennials
Lovise Aalen, Aslak Orre, Ragnhild L. Muriaas
The Effects of Rebel Parties on Governance, Democracy and Stability after Civil Wars
Progressive legislation in the context of generalised conservative public opinion: The case of LGBT rights in Mozambique
Carmeliza Rosario, Camila Gianella
Queer lawfare in Africa: Legal strategies in contexts of LGBTIQ+ criminalisation and politicisation
Sumich, J. (2018). The Middle Class in Mozambique: The State and the Politics of Transformation in Southern Africa (the International African Library). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 190 pages. ISBN: 9781108472883
Is there legal pluralism in Afghanistan? Notes on injustice and access to justice
Antonio De Lauri
Avenues for Youth Representation in Uganda
Gerald Kagambirwe Karyeija & Ragnhild L. Muriaas