Why technocratic understandings of humanitarian accountability undermine local communities

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Current trends in humanitarian accountability are unpacked through the examination of an accountability system put in place after the 2010 monsoon floods in Pakistan. Humanitarian accountability, when narrowly understood as a technical and procedural tool, can undermine local self-advocacy efforts, silence community dissent, and supress broader equity claims. Reframing humanitarian accountability as a political and ethical project can inspire innovation, support frontline aid workers, and ignite the radical revisioning of the humanitarian contract itself.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-187
JournalDevelopment in Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • accountability
  • technology
  • power
  • critical humanitarian studies
  • disaster response
  • Pakistan monsoon floods

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute
  • Global inequalities


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