First came accountability principles and standards. Codes of conduct, certification schemes and commitments then followed. Today it is all about tools.
The humanitarian community is big on surveys and getting bigger. Teams of data collectors clutching tablets or smart phones are now part of the scenery in most humanitarian programs.
After 4 years as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, I remember Louise Arbour complaining about what she saw as the United Nations’ addiction to coordination.
When someone as eloquent as Robert Chambers chides you on your use of language, it is smart to listen. Last week the grand old man of ‘people first’ development challenged participants at the annual meeting of ALNAP to find a word that better describes the focus of their work than beneficiaries;
David Miliband is on to something important when he calls for a reassessment of the goals and working methods of the humanitarian system (The Guardian).