Transparency and Accountability of NGOs

A significant share of income of many non-governmental organisations is provided by public bodies, such as intergovernmental organisations, governments or their agencies. The EU is a major funder of NGos for both internal and external policy areas.

In addition NGOs receive income from private organisations such as trust and foundations, corporate business entities, or wealthy individuals. This creates an important accountability duty for the receiving organisation concerning the transparent use and management of these funds, conditions for their use imposed by the donor, and how they maintain independence in their work as part of the overall income structure.

In partnership with the EU focused consulting organisation Blomeyer & Sanz Michael Hammer worked on NGO organisational management systems, decision-making cultures and new approaches to NGO Regulation as part of an EU funded project to improve broader EU funding and financial transparency systems for NGOs. The EP has published the report here.