The Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP), established in 1997, is probably the most respected inter-agency body looking at accountability in the humanitarian sector. So, you can imagine how I responded to this update on the Humanitarian Performance Indicators Working Group in their annual report:
Launched in 2009, the ALNAP Working Group on Humanitarian Performance Indicators set out to provide a forum for members to share their experiences and thoughts on approaches to organisational and programme performance indicators within the humanitarian system. After discussions in the group about the difficulty of establishing a clear direction, it was decided to dissolve the group for the time being and to incorporate discussions on performance indicators into the development of the methodology for the next iteration of ‘The State of the Humanitarian System: Assessing performance and progress.’ In 2011/12, ALNAP will decide whether there is additional value in reconvening the Working Group
If you can stifle your laughter or manage not to choke on your coffee then you’ve done well. The group convened, discussed difficulties and the dissolved within two years. Reminds me of another critical issue.