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Strengthening Accountability

We place accountability at the heart of our aid programme. We are accountable to the Irish people for the investments that we are making in poverty reduction and for the results that we are achieving. We are equally accountable to the intended beneficiaries of our efforts and to the partners we work with. 

A polling sttion in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Panos-Sven Torfinn

Accountability matters

Good governance and accountability are critical to ensuring progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. When world leaders gathered to review the Millennium Development Goals in September 2010, they agreed to strengthen their resolve in the fight against poverty and hunger.

And they committed to working towards greater transparency and accountability, in both donor and developing countries, as an important way of accelerating progress.

This is because good governance and accountability are critical to ensuring that we get the results we seek – whether in education, health, hunger or any of the Millennium Development Goals.

The challenge of corruption

We have seen how corruption - the abuse of power for private gain - undermines development efforts and impacts especially on the poor. Tackling corruption effectively is a global challenge. It calls for active involvement and collaboration at the different levels where it occurs, between governments, civil society, the private sector, and the international community.

The need for good accountability standards

Private sector investors in developing countries need to adhere to the highest standards of governance both internally and in their dealings with state institutions and others. The OECD Foreign Bribery Convention, the UN Convention on Corruption (which Ireland has ratified), and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, provide important reference points for promoting good accountability standards.

A wall painting aimed at preventing corruption

Our Response

We are supporting accountability in our partner countries by helping to put in place the necessary legal frameworks and institutional capacity to make governments and other actors more accountable. 

Ireland places accountability at the heart of its aid programme.

We support initiatives to address corruption

We strengthen the accountability of national institutions in by providing support for the strengthening of public financial management systems along with oversight bodies such as auditors general, government inspectorates, anti-corruption agencies, and civil society organisations including media. 

And we ensure that we ourselves are accountable to Irish tax payers for the results of our programme. And we are accountable to a wide range of institutions in Ireland.

Read more about how we support accountability

Visit Countries Where We Work for more details of how we support accountability in our partner countries.