How Accountability is Being Addressed by NGOs Working with Women in Malaysia : A Situational Analysis

Barley, Lisa Dawn (2011) How Accountability is Being Addressed by NGOs Working with Women in Malaysia : A Situational Analysis. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Purpose-The purpose of this dissertation is to conduct an analysis of the state of accountability at NGOs that work with women in Malaysia by exploring the perceptions of the management and Board Members of these organisations.

Design/methodology/approach- Semi-structured interviews ranging from 30 to 90 minutes were conducted with management and Board Members of 10 NGOs that work with

women in Malaysia so that rich qualitative data could be obtained. An analytical tool,based on the work of researchers Atack (1999), Ebrahim (2003a) and Blagescu, de Las Casas and Lloyd (2005), was developed in order to analyse the verbal information in conjunction with written information so an assessment of the state of accountability at these NGOs could be made.

Findings- The research confirmed the findings of other researchers that most of the accountability mechanisms employed are directed towards functional accountability and are weak in regards to empowerment. However, it also found that the level of transparency within organisations and access to sustainable long term funding are barriers to being more accountable.

Research limitations- Generalisations with regards to the state of NGO accountability cannot be made as this study examines a unique situation at a specific point in time.

Practical implications- An increased understanding of possible barriers to accountability can be obtained by studying the perceptions of those responsible for the management and governance of non-governmental organisations. NGOs that work with women could become more effective at empowering women by identifying and addressing accountability issues.

Originality/value- This research addresses the limited research on non-governmental organisations in Malaysia. It also expands the knowledge of perceptions of accountability, specifically the perceptions of management and Board Members of NGOs.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2012 08:58
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2016 08:29
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/25497

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