Since the 1970s, an estimated 20,000 transnational civil society networks have come into being, and although studies show that accountability is the key to the long term health of networks, relatively few of these have democratic systems of governance and accountability. Are networks trying to have it both ways, demanding standards of accountability from governments and the private sector, which they are not prepared to adhere to themselves?50
Suggested indicators that international networks should use to assess their accountability to the grassroots include the following:
demonstrable benefits to constituents;
shared information, including local knowledge;
representation in advocacy and network decision-making;...