Not-for Profit Governance for International Charities – The Governance and Accountability Gap

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Barnes, L., & Howson, K. (2012). Not-for profit governance for international charities – the governance and accountability gap. International Journal of Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Research, 1(2), 19-28. Retrieved from http://indianresearchjournals.com/pdf/IJSSIR/2012/February/IJS-3.pdf


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Not-for-Profit (NFP) entities on an International basis play a significant role in world economies in relation to welfare, economic growth and employment (OECD 2009). This paper explores the governance mechanisms used to monitor and control these entities - or a lack there of. The question explored is how much control is exercised by mainly voluntary directors in a sector dominated by time and budgetary constraints. International NFP entities were analysed for their corporate governance in terms of accountability in their annual reports, which also includes analysis of the board of directors. Although not-for-profit entities are a significant contributor to international social responsibility, as well as employment and GDP, this research shows a significant lack of accountability via their annual reports. Although most presented audited financial information, in terms of governance, the information had large gaps, which would be unacceptable at a listing corporation level.


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