Supporting Domestic Accountability: Exploring Conceptual Dimensions and Operational Challenges


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    On 15 January 2008, the Dutch Minister for Development Cooperation called for closer collaboration between the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV), the Directorate- General for International Cooperation (DGIS), the embassies of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) and other relevant Dutch development partners, including the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG) and the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD). The aim was to translate the Ministry’s policy focus on domestic accountability into operational activities of a strategic nature. It was agreed to identify the options for intensifying country-level cooperation by means of specific activities designed to foster participation and accountability. Following further discussions among the partners, the overall goal for this initiative was defined as follows: ‘(...) to ensure that ongoing efforts of DGIS, SNV – and other developments partners as applicable – contribute credibly and explicitly to strengthening the domestic accountability of government institutions to citizens, directly, through democratically elected bodies or through other mechanisms.’ 


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