The Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) recognises that there is a duty of accountability to those we aim to assist, and that by engaging with communities and being accountable to them our programming and activities will be of better quality, have a greater impact, help crisis affected people recover more quickly, build their resilience and lead to more sustainable development. This is reflected in the MRCS Strategy 2016– 2020 that integrates Community Engagement and Accountability (CEA) as both a cross cutting issue and a strategic objective, with an outcome clearly stating that “All programs include a community engagement component based on a set of minimum standards for accountability.”
In order to work towards the aim of the Strategic Plan 2020 to integrate CEA into all work of the National Society, in 2016 a set of CEA Minimum Standards were developed, in cooperation with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). These standards and tools focus on how to build on four foundational pillars of CEA – transparent communication, involvement, feedback mechanisms and community-led monitoring and evaluation – into the organisation and into all MRCS operations: at community based programme, branch and emergency response levels.
Publication date: 01/02/2017
Document status: Final