Will efforts to cultivate the voices of the grassroots reinforce the tendency of northern NGOs to be accountable upward to donors rather than downward to those they serve?

Not all efforts to cultivate the voices of the grassroots are well conceived. It is hard to tell from this article, but it looks like this may well be one of those efforts that will reinforce the tendency of northern NGOs to be accountable upward to donors rather than downward to those they serve. We are not saying it has to work out that way, but there are serious risks that it could. It would be interesting to know how Ayuda en Accion understand and plan to manage these risks.

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