2007 Humanitarian Accountability Report

  • Author(s)
    HAP International
  • Resource Type
  • Themes


  • The humanitarian system reports yet more progress in codifying
    accountability and quality standards and tools, but still lacks
    consistency in their application.
  • HAP’s annual humanitarian accountability opinion survey reveals
    growing optimism about increasing standards of accountability, but
    disaster survivors still fare worst in the accountability stakes.
  • HAP’s Standard in Humanitarian Accountability and Quality Management published.
  • HAP’s quality assurance scheme launched: three agencies certified.
  • Building Safer Organisation’s project moves from ICVA to HAP.
  • Membership grows from 15 to 19 full members.
  • HAP Secretariat achieves 33% growth in overall funding, but raises 76% of its general funding target, and reduces management expenditure to 71% of the budget.
  • 69% of the Secretariat Workplan is achieved.

The 2007 Humanitarian Accountability Report contains six chapters.

Chapter 1: Humanitarian Accountability in 2007. The opening essay is a desk-review of materials published in 2007 undertaken by an independent expert. The purpose of the annual humanitarian accountability essay is to offer an informed and independent view of progress made by the humanitarian system towards meeting HAP’s strategic vision of “a humanitarian sector with a trusted and widely accepted accountability framework, which is transparent and accessible to all relevant parties”.

Chapter 2: Survey of Perceptions of humanitarian accountability. This chapter reports on the third annual survey of perceptions of humanitarian accountability of those people in HAP’s contact directory who kindly completed and returned the questionnaire.

Chapter 3: Voices of some disaster survivors. During 2007, HAP staff recorded the views of many disaster survivors. A further eleven interviews were conducted with survivors of the Kashmir earthquake especially for this report. The sobering views of the humanitarian system’s principal stakeholders enrich the blend of perspectives about humanitarian accountability in the 2007.

Chapter 4: The HAP Secretariat Annual Report. This chapter was prepared by HAP staff and provides a self-assessment of progress achieved against the objectives set out in the 2007 workplan and the headline targets described in the 2007-2009 medium term strategic plan.

Chapter 5: Members’ Accountability Workplan Implementation Reports. Most of HAP’s members prepared summary accountability work plan implementation reports for the 2007 General Assembly. These are presented in tabulated form in this chapter.

Chapter 6: Good Practice Case studies: In addition to the implementation reports, thirteen of HAP’s members contributed examples of good practices of accountability undertaken during 2007.