Alps is ActionAid’s over arching accountability framework, containing within it our programme planning system. Alps is distinctive in that it is strongly driven by principles, and sets out necessary personal attitudes and behaviours alongside organisational processes for planning, strategy formulation, learning, monitoring reviews/evaluations and audit. Alps defines our standards, not only about what we do but also how we do it. Alps is part of ActionAid’s human rights-based work.
ActionAid has undergone a number of major shifts and changes since the original Alps (1999) was revised in 2005. We have a new governance structure. We have introduced a new Human Rights Based Approach programme framework, funding strategy, a number of new policies, and more specific monitoring and evaluation requirements. In July 2011 ActionAid will also agree its new international strategy. Once approved, we will need to align our structure and systems in support of the new strategy including revising Alps. We will be seeking to find ways to build closer linked local, national and international work, to increase mutual accountability, and to simplify and integrate our planning, fundraising, and programming systems. We expect this to only be completed toward the end of 2012. We have therefore decided to produce this ‘interim’ Alps to make sure all current requirements are clear.