Global Standard: A Framework to strengthen CSO Accountability

In Germany and across the world, the civil society sector is continuously evolving and flourishing in impactful and dynamic ways. Civil society organisations (CSOs) often times exist to enable better societies, amplify the voices of underrepresented or disadvantaged people, and work with government and private sectors to achieve lasting sustainable development. CSOs are important actors […]

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MIO-ECSDE ensures they maintain independence whilst acquiring funding

MIO-ECSDE’s detailed thinking around fundraising, and efforts to increase and diversify funding whilst maintaining independence, make for a strong approach.     MIO-ECSDE sees its reputation, integrity, high calibre and independence as its main capital, and highlights the importance of safeguarding these qualities. In practice, this means there are criteria regarding the sources and conditions of funding […]

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MIO-ECSDE’s consultative and comprehensive process to develop policy and advocacy positions

  MIO-ECSDE’s policy and advocacy positions are backed by current research and discussions, created in consultation with internal and external stakeholders, and monitored for effectiveness and impact – altogether a dynamic approach.     MIO-ECSDE has a sound and detailed process for the development of policy positions. The process is underpinned by ongoing monitoring of […]

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Beyond reduce, re-use, recycle – MIO-ECSDE’s comprehensive approach to environmental sustainability

MIO-ECSDE’s dedication and comprehensive approach to mitigating their environmental impact goes beyond reducing carbon footprint and energy use.     MIO-ECSDE has several initiatives in place to reduce their consumption of energy, water, and paper, and the ecological footprint of projects and meetings. Staff as well as the office cleaning company are briefed on recycling, […]

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IPPF communicates their strengthened client privacy policy through a simple video

IPPF has a sound approach to privacy and data protection. Their efforts to communicate their policies in a simple and accessible manner, support member associations in rolling out new systems, and continuing to explore the strength of their systems demonstrate a particular commitment to this issue.     In 2017 IPPF’s Governing Council approved a […]

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IPPF achieves sustainable outcomes by increasing local engagement and capacities

IPPF provides training and resources to its member associations, other organisations, and target populations to multiply the impact and increase the sustainability of its work. Training on Comprehensive Sexuality Education and diversification of funding through social enterprise programmes are two particularly commendable efforts to this end.     IPPF equips its member associations with the […]

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IPPF improves accountability by strengthening the re-election process for its Governing Council

In 2017 IPPF introduced a three-stage performance review process for all members of its Governing Council. The review process will include self-assessment, peer review, and review by the global and regional President, and will be a pre-requisite in order to be considered for re-election. Linking re-election to performance should strengthen accountability and the overall strength […]

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Restless Development focuses on partnerships and capacity-building for more sustainable outcomes

Restless Development works towards more sustainable outcomes through its partnerships, capacity-building efforts, and leadership around peer learning and exchange. A focus on equal, mutually beneficial partnerships and making use of existing structures make this a strong approach.     Restless Development is committed to capacity building for its partners at various levels and supports increased […]

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CBM’s comprehensive approach to staff security

CBM offers a wide range of trainings and resources for staff around various aspects of security, and training topics are developed in response to current security concerns. A crisis hotline where staff can report incidents and receive support in several languages and incorporation of disability inclusion into trainings make this a good practice.     […]

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CBM leads the way on disability inclusiveness with their Disability Inclusive Development standards

CBM has a strong approach to disability inclusiveness and accessibility both in their programmes and working environment. Disability Inclusive Development standards drive inclusion in their programme work, an accessibility policy guides operations and advocacy, and dedicated indicators allow tracking of performance around diversity and meaningful engagement of persons with disability.     Inclusion is one […]

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CBM ensures sustainable outcomes through strong partnerships and local ownership

  Working in partnerships is one of CBM’s foundation principles and is seen as key to bringing about lasting change. A well-thought out approach which includes strong processes rooted in local communities, capacity building, internal learning, and exchange with other organisations makes this a good practice.     In 2017 CBM began developing its partnership […]

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How dynamic is our accountability to stakeholders?

The concept demands a new approach to accountability, which (i) moves beyond beneficiary feedback, to encompass all stakeholders – the people we work for and with (traditionally referred to as beneficiaries), our own staff, local partners, governments, donors and others; (ii) requires a two-way exchange of feedback between CSOs and stakeholders, (iii) ensures that this […]

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Dynamic Accountability Week: Recap & Learnings

Key Learnings Accountability is a broad concept with different organisations applying a variety of meanings to it. Our Dynamic Accountability Week gave us the opportunity to discover and learn more about accountability and how the concept is seen across the world. If you followed us on social media, you could see that accountability has been characterised in many (buzz)words: active participation, meaningful dialogue, responsiveness, closing feedback loops, and impact measurement, among […]


Equity, diversity, and inclusion – How to identify areas of risk in your organisation

Organisations have a duty to provide a safe, respectful, and inclusive working environment. We try, but power abuses, discrimination, and harassment sadly still do happen. Despite our best efforts, safeguarding and whistleblowing policies are not effective at unearthing repeated and systemic issues relating to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Keystone Accountability offers a confidential, independently operated […]