Accountability is a fundamental component of a human rights-based approach.

All levels of government have a duty to ensure that people have an adequate standard of living. To determine whether we are making progress towards this goal, we need to monitor what impact government actions have on people’s daily lives. We need ways to provide people with remedy when their rights have been violated.

Accountability mechanisms keep us focused on our goals, allow us to adjust our strategies and actions as we go, and motivate us to move further and faster. Done well, accountability sets us up for success.

At Maytree, we support the creation of accountability institutions, such as dedicated offices for commissioners and advocates. We collect and analyze data that can be a tool to hold governments accountable.

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