Grounded accountability and Indigenous self-determination (2020)
This article develops the concept of grounded accountability, which locates practices of operational non-governmental organizations (NGOs) within the culture of the communities they serve. Grounded accountability is presented to extend the concept of felt accountability that is understood as an ethical affinity between an employee and the goals of operational NGOs that employ them to benefit third parties. Grounded accountability involves devolving responsibility for defining goals to the third parties who can then realise their own self-determination. Grounded accountability is developed with a Ma¯ori community indigenous to Aotearoa/New Zealand through their shared whakapapa that views a structured genealogical relationship between all things. Whakapapa suggests that accountability is grounded in kinship, place and intergenerational relationships. An empirical exploration of grounded accountability takes place through an ethnography-informed case study conducted at two levels of investigation. The first is within Nga¯ i Tahu, a broad kinship grouping, who are pursuing self-determination in the settler-colonial context of Aotearoa/New Zealand. The second is within Te R unanga Group, an operational NGO charged with managing and distributing the collective assets resulting from the settlement of grievances against the Crown fought for by Nga¯ i Tahu in their struggle for self-determination. Evidence of grounded accountability was found within Nga¯i Tahu and although this has been transmitted to some practices within Te R unanga Group, other practices constrain grounded relationships. To the extent that grounded accountability exists, through the design of an organization based on the values of primary stakeholders and continuous engagement with those stakeholders over time, it overcomes some potential limitations of perpetuating beneficiary dependency inherent in felt accountability.
CitationScobie M, Lee B, Smyth S (2019). Grounded accountability and Indigenous self-determination. Critical Perspectives on Accounting. 102198-102198.
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KeywordsAccountability; non-governmental organizations; Indigenous; self-determination
ANZSRC Fields of Research35 - Commerce, management, tourism and services::3501 - Accounting, auditing and accountability::350106 - Not-for-profit accounting and accountability
45 - Indigenous studies::4511 - Ngā tāngata, te porihanga me ngā hapori o te Māori (Māori peoples, society and community)
44 - Human society::4404 - Development studies::440401 - Development cooperation
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