In the wake of challenges from the media, public, politicians and Southern Civil Society, the need for re-evaluation of the entire sector and its mindset has never been more apparent. From a lack of transparency over aid workers movements to outdated and deeply entrenched attitudes such as sexism or the prevalent ‘West saving the Rest’ narrative, the issues are clear. However, the solutions are less so; How can we increase accountability and safeguarding in NGOs? Are such issues specific to certain organisations, or is it a network-wide issue? Would requiring NGOs to be accountable prevent them from doing as much good as they otherwise could? Finally, how do the structural power imbalances left behind by colonialism impact NGO - and individual - behaviour and how can we overcome that? Through this panel, OxFID will attempt to provide some answers to the key questions on how to ensure those we entrust to do good in our society can be held to account.
Mark was chief executive of Oxfam GB from 2013 to last year. As well as leading Oxfam , he was also a member of national and international committees including the UNs overall humanitarian leadership body. Within Oxfam he played a leading role in helping the organisation begin to evolve into a more globally balanced confederation.
Prior to Oxfam , Mark was CEO of Mencap and VSO and has programme experience starting as an international volunteer and subsequently working with VSO, Oxfam, the UN and DFID. He now works as an independent consultant.
Rosa is one of the UK's leading professors on law, conflict and global development at the University of Reading. Her principle area of research is on the United Nations and its actors, the creation of international human rights law and accountability for human rights abuses.
Graham MacKay is Bond’s chief operating officer. He is responsible for ensuring Bond can deliver on its strategic objectives. He also has a leading role in the sector on areas such as funding policy, humanitarian practice and policy and organisational development on behalf of Bond. He has a background in humanitarian work where he has worked in over 20 different countries and crises as well as a background in scientific research where he has a PhD