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Welcome to the Dynamic Accountability Community of Practice Newsletter!

The latest issue of the Dynamic Accountability Community of Practice newsletter is here! In this issue we are focusing on how CSOs have been engaging with different actors, from donors to grassroots activists, to build more dynamically accountable relationships. To do so, we have summarised a number of different initiatives that are working to shift more power to civil society actors in their relationships with donors. We also meet Jessica Mayberry (Video Volunteers) and Aislynn Row (Cooperation Canada), who are members of our community, and learned more about their work. Read on!

Accountability in Action
DACoP Team: Restoring Power and Donor Dynamics

In this issue's Accountability in Action segment, we take a look at a number of different CSO-led initiatives that are aiming to help secure better resourcing for the sector, and decolonise grant-making via greater accountability and shifting power to local actors. 

Read more here!

Community Spotlight
Meet the Members: Jessica, Video Volunteers & Aislynn, Cooperation Canada

This time around, we meet two members of the DACoP, Jessica and Aislynn. Jessica shares with us how her organisation has been transformed through Dynamic Accountability and community-led action, and Aislynn tells us about her efforts to integrate Dynamic Accountability into her work on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Sexual Harassment (PSEAH) and beyond.

Click here to check out the interviews! (English, Français and Español)


  • The Development Alternative, Shifting the Power: What will it take to do development differently? Designed and led by youth researchers from Iraq, Lebanon, Madagascar and Uganda, this report covers four major areas of concern for youth civil society: Funding & Resourcing, Leadership, Organisational Capacity, Connection & Collaboration.
  • Hewlett Foundation, Shifting the Power in Global Development: Should We Stay or Should We Go Now? This blog, written from a donor's perspective outlines the case for shifting power, offering interesting ideas for how CSOs, donors and communities can work in more equitable relationships and reimagine the way the sector to work.
  • Bond, Racism, Power and Truth. To further support organisations to become truly anti-racist, this report from Bond explores the experiences of people of colour working for UK international development organisations, both those based in the UK and overseas.
  • The New Humanitarian, Decolonising Aid, Again. This interesting article from the New Humanitarian outlines the needs for the sector to decolonise, arguing that while anti-racist language and practices are good, the sector still need to do more to move away from the current power and epistemic paradigms.

  Upcoming Opportunities  

  • Partos, KUNO and The Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Decolonisation of Aid. A series of dialogue on decolonising aid through different perspectives that engages different experts with the purpose of finding common ground to proceed from. Previously addressed perspectives were historical perspective (12 May, 2021), development aid perspective (2 June, 2021) and humanitarian aid perspective (23 June, 2021). In the future, they are looking to hold dialogues from the perspectives of the role of the donor, cultural colonialism, and the Netherlands and the decolonisation of aid. Keep an eye out!
  • European Partnership for Democracy. Democracy WeekThis week of events from 15-17 September will have the theme of ‘Partnerships for supporting democracy’. With a focus on the renewed global democracy agenda, the 2021 Democracy Week will feature an exciting line-up of international speakers who will speak of their experiences with democracy partnerships, from inter-state cooperation and transnational and trans-sectoral partnerships to local initiatives.
  • Social Value Canada, Social Value Exchange. The Canadian Social Value Exchange (#SVCANEX) is an ongoing series of gatherings for members, thought leaders and practitioners across the breadth of the social value community. Next session will convene on July 8th. 
  • The Dynamic Accountability Community of Practice will also be holding an open conversation that will focus on powershift and how each actor in development use our different powers to become more effective. Look out for the save-the-date soon on our DACoP Google Group!
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The Dynamic Accountability Community of Practice is a joint effort by the Global Standard, CIVICUS, Keystone Accountability and Restless Development

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