Carnegie’s Thomas Carothers delivered the keynote address to the 2016 Global Partners Forum at the World Bank’s Global Partnership for Social Accountability. In front of 300 participants, Carothers explained how work and thinking related to accountability has moved into a second generation and what the implications are of this recent shift.

In his address, he touched upon social accountability’s historic progress toward becoming an increasingly strategic and indispensable component of effective development. “Accountability is the driving idea in twenty-first century development; whether and how the development field proves able to make a meaningful contribution to accountability is central to whether the development field will stay relevant in the decades ahead,” Carothers said.

The keynote address was original broadcast by the Global Partnership for Social Accountabilty.