Accountability Principles for Research Institutes

Claims of democratic deficits and crises of legitimacy have prompted growing interest in accountability on the part of national and international institutions. Moreover, recent literature shows that increased accountability can lead to increased effectiveness and organizational sustainability. Research institutes are among those grappling with the question of accountability as it pertains to governments, donors, communities, peers, the media and the public at large.

The Global Accountability Framework was developed over four years of research and stakeholder workshops by One World Trust. It is a principles-based tool that enables organizations to develop accountability systems that take into consideration multiple stakeholders. This grant will allow a consultant to undertake an extensive review of the literature and engage with IDRC staff and research partners on the particularities of accountability in research institutes. The idea is to develop a tool based on the Global Accountability Framework that research institutes can use to map out the different accountability relationships and, through an open and transparent process, prioritize stakeholders and adopt mechanisms for answering to them.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

End Date

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


18 months

IDRC Officer

Wind, Tricia

Total funding

CA$ 166,800

Project Leader

Michael Hammer


One World Trust

Institution Country

United Kingdom

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