Humanitarian organisations are accountable to people affected by crises. Organisations should incorporate feedback from affected people and adjust their programmes accordingly.
Accountability to affected people (AAP) is an active commitment to include the people affected by humanitarian crises in decision-making. It takes into account the diversity of communities and allows for the voice of the most vulnerable to be equally considered.
AAP gives affected people influence over decisions related to their need for support. It is a recognition of affected peoples’ dignity, capacity, and ability to decide for themselves what their needs are.
During OPRs and STAIT missions, Humanitarian Coordinators (HCs) and Humanitarian Country Teams (HCTs) have requested support to put in place a collective approach to AAP. Many organisations have sound project-based AAP processes. However, these do not always translate into collective effort.
"AAP gives affected people influence over decisions related to their need for support."
In the STAIT webinar on AAP, the speakers discussed the responsible use of power by humanitarian workers. Here are some steps on how to put in place a collective AAP approach:
However, it is important to keep in mind that each humanitarian situation is different and that the handling of AAP should be adapted to the specific context.
Do you have any tips for implementing AAP that you would like included? Please email them to STAIT@un.org