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Rosa Freedman

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.



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Aid and Accountability

Ensuring NGO transparency to deliver change

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 From a lack of transparency over aid workers movements to outdated and deeply entrenched attitudes such as sexism or the prevalent ‘West saving the Rest’ narrative, the issues are clear.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.