Accountability

The majority of War Child’s revenue comes from private donors and companies. War Child strives to report transparently on our successes and failures in all aspects of our programming, finances, and operations in order to communicate openly to our constituency.  War Child won the PricewaterhouseCoopers Transparency Award in 2006, 2007 and 2010 for our annual reports.

Programming
In order to measure impact and be accountable for our programming results, War Child uses a Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (PM&E) system.

  1. Planning
    Each War Child programme starts with a child rights situation analysis. With War Child’s support, children, young people, and their communities analyse their situation and identify priorities for action. These provide a strategic focus for developing and implementing projects.
     
  2. Monitoring
    All of War Child’s projects and those of our national partner organisations, are monitored to determine which project activities lead to tangible changes in the lives of children. Children play an active role in monitoring; they assess whether their skills have improved or if more work needs to be done. Additionally, changes are measured in the way parents and caregivers, professionals, civil society organisations, and states contribute to improving the lives of children.
     
  3. Evaluation
    Projects are evaluated internally by consulting the children, parents, communities and partner organisations involved. In each project, War Child reserves 3-5 percent of the project budget for evaluation.

External evaluators (such as universities, research institutes, partner organisations and accounting firms) assess the impact of a given project. This includes evaluating the quality of the evidence, and the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of the project.

Check out our evaluation summaries to see how well we have reached our goals, the recommendations we have received for improving our projects, and our commitment to doing so. 

Financial and operational
Project operational systems—finances, human resources, security and logistics—are also evaluated. An external accounting firm audits War Child’s overall financial status annually. Financial audits in project countries take place regularly.