A Research Day on ‘Critical Perspectives on NGO Governance and Accountability’


This Research Day will be of interest to academics, practitioners and PhD students in the field. We seek to take a critical approach to NGO accountability studies in light of the negative consequences of some NGOs’ actions and perceived problems in their governance and accountability. This draws on the recent significant erosion of trust in NGOs resulting from the mediatisation of a number of scandals, financial irregularities, sexual abuse of vulnerable beneficiaries, misuse of power and accusations of mission drift. In addition, many have argued that the transparency and accountability of NGOs must be improved if these organizations are to achieve their objectives. In particular, there is growing pressure to ensure accountability is not just provided to donors, but also to the weak, marginalised and oppressed.

We invite one-page extended abstracts including theory, method and key findings by 31st January 2019 to be considered for this research day.

Questions that may be addressed include, but are not limited to:

  • Case studies of NGO accountability and accounting practices, including those related to financial scandals, corruption or misuse of power

  • Accountability, power and political dynamics between NGOs, donors, stakeholders, volunteers and beneficiaries

  • Social media and NGO accountability

  • “Mission drift” and NGO governance and accountability

  • Accountability and transparency in business-NGO partnerships

  • NGOs engagement with the global challenges articulated in United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and implications for NGO governance and accountability

  • Critical analysis of forms, processes and mechanisms of beneficiary accountability

  • Critical examination of current forms and processes of governance in NGOs

  • Scalability or self-sustainability and its implications for NGO governance and accountability, particularly in micro finance NGOs

  • Critical analysis of NGO accountability and governance standards and guidelines


We are also open to other topics, including submissions from other disciplinary perspectives, such as development studies.

Abstract Submission Deadline: 31 January 2019

Location: Halifax Hall Hotel, Endcliffe Vale Road, Sheffield, S10 3ER

Please contact Professor Ataur Belal a.r.belal@sheffield.ac.uk for questions and submissions

This workshop is linked to a special issue in Critical Perspectives on Accounting – see https://www.journals.elsevier.com/critical-perspectives-on-accounting/call-for-papers/critical-perspectives-on-ngo-governance-and-accountability for more information.

Event Details

When: May 1, 2019 at 9:00am—5:00pm

Where: Endcliffe Vale Road, Sheffield, S10 3ER

Type: Alumni, Student, Business

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