Monday 27 February 2017

Only total transparency and accountability will save Goal's reputation

Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

Goal's Barry Andrews playing football with children in the Twic County of South Sudan in 2014 Photo: Mark Condren
Goal's Barry Andrews playing football with children in the Twic County of South Sudan in 2014 Photo: Mark Condren

Lace curtain transparency doesn't work. When it comes to openness, all or nothing is needed - curtains drawn apart and windows unlatched.

Currently, Ireland's largest aid agency, Goal, is adopting a curtain-tweaking approach to transparency - putting some information into the public domain but holding back on other details. Such tactics are compromising an already damaged organisation.

Also tainting its reputation are issues surrounding accountability - another non-negotiable in any well governed body - which have triggered a US investigation into its humanitarian work on the Turkey-Syria border.

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