We’re immensely proud of our work for nongovernmental and intergovernmental organisations. Whether it’s improving education for children in sub-Saharan Africa, analysing school feeding programmes in Myanmar, or promoting democracy and human rights across the world, there’s always a sense of achievement and tangible impact to the work that we’re supporting.
Accuracy Matters has carved out an interesting niche working with some of the biggest non-profit organisations in the world. What started with proofreading two or three reports for the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti in 2014 has grown into a significant proportion of our work, and encompasses editorial review and audit, substantive editing and repurposing, copy-editing and proofreading.
There are two big drivers as a supplier to NGOs and IGOs: impact and budget. Seeing impacts and changes enacted out in the real world as a result of our work is one of those things that gets me out of bed in the morning. We have read some heart-breaking research and data on the effects of COVID-19 on everything from the machinery of democracy to children’s mental health. Crucially, the analysis and publication of this information means that organisations and governments are able to make positive changes to address the problems identified.
Budget is a concern for many of our clients, but IGOs and NGOs have particular requirements around procurement and budgeting. Accuracy Matters has implemented a number of supporting systems – tailored specifically for each client’s needs – to help plan, monitor and analyse costs and identify efficiencies in our processes which could translate into savings. These systems are also harmonised with our quality management system which is ISO 9001 certified.
In common with other agencies providing services, the best indicator that you’re providing the services that particular clients need is repeat business. Our NGO and IGO clients are some of our longest standing – for example, eight years working for UNICEF Innocenti and five years working for International IDEA – and we’ve built great relationships with different teams within the organisations.