This blog post from Participatory Methods provides a detailed overview of Acountable Aid. The blog argues that only rarely do aid agencies introduce measures so that the recipients of their aid can hold them to account for their aid-giving practices.
"Could it be that accountability is the single most important thing to focus on in international aid? If states, governments and private sector companies became accountable to their citizens, voters and workers, would community development and international aid efforts still be needed?
We often hear that aid is needed because states are not always accountable to their citizens – perhaps because of violent conflicts, natural disasters or corruption. Aid, the argument goes, can help to narrow these accountability gaps, either by supporting citizens where the government is not doing so, or by working with government institutions to encourage them towards more accountable governance. That aid is needed because some countries and peoples have exploited others unaccountably throughout history is rarely part of this narrative."