Stakeholder Accountability in International Organizations

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In managing public organizations with a global reach, leaders face many of the same challenges as those who work solely at the domestic level. When you think of international organizations, you often think of large organizations like the United Nations and forget that most international organizations are smaller. Missoni and Alesani describe three different kinds (IGO, NGO, THO) of organizations that operate internationally: intergovernmental organizations (IGO), non-governmental organizations (NGO), and transnational hybrid organizations (THO).

For this Discussion, review this week’s resources. Note how international institutions are defined. Also, note how the different kinds of institutions have been distinguished from one another. Select one of these organizational types and consider how that organization may differ from traditional domestic public organizations. Finally, think about your previous coursework relating to public organizations.

Post by Day 3 an explanation of whom your selected type of organization serves as its primary stakeholders. In your explanation, address whether the kinds of accountability you see in traditional domestic public organizations seem likely to work in your chosen type of organization and explain why. Explain to what degree networked organizations provide particular challenges to efforts at ensuring accountability to stakeholders. Also, explain the management challenges that may arise for international organizations. Be specific and provide examples.


  • Missoni, E., & Alesani, D. (2013). Management of international institutions and NGOs: Frameworks, practices and challenges. New York, NY: Routledge.
    • Chapter 4, “The Evolution of International Development Cooperation” (pp. 105–121)
    • Chapter 5, “Coordination and Coherence Among the Main Actors of the Development Sector: Trends, Initiatives, and Ways Forward” (pp. 122–145)
    • Chapter 6, “Changing Paradigms for Program Implementation” (pp. 146–164)
  • Sandström, A., & Carlsson, L. (2008). The performance of policy networks: The relation between network structure and network performance. Policy Studies Journal, 36(4), 497–524.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

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