Monday 5 December 2016

Only total transparency and accountability will save Goal's reputation

Published 15/10/2016 | 02:30

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.

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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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