The Global Standard

The Global Standard for CSO Accountability has been created by nine CSO accountability initiatives from across the world. Its job is to connect us with people, partners, supporters and donors to build trust and leverage impact in times of shrinking civic space. It is a strong commitment to the public and an invitation to hold us to account and get involved. We need your help to make it happen.



1. Justice and equality: We commit to justice and equal rights for all. Addressing all forms of injustice, discrimination, inequality and poverty, to create healthy societies for all.

2. Women’s rights and equity: We commit to rights and equity for women and girls’ wherever they live. Addressing all forms of violence, discrimination, intimidation and exploitation for women and girls so they can lead the lives they want.

3. Healthy planet: We commit to a healthy planet. Going beyond damage control, we will help create a healthy natural environment, that’s accessible for all including the generations to come.

4. Lasting change: We commit to lasting positive change. Focusing on long lasting improvements for people and the environment, not just short term successes.

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5. People-driven work: We commit to making sure the people affected by our work are the ones owning and driving it.

6. Partner-investment: We commit to investing in partners, bringing together our diverse strengths to tackle complex problems.

7. Co-led campaigning: We commit to campaign for fundamental change, with the people who are most affected.

8. Results-orientation: We commit to deliver results not just projects or activities



9. Empowered people: We invest in the people who work with us to develop their full potential for our shared success.

10. Well-handled resources: We commit to handling our resources to best serve the public good.

11. Maximum openness: We commit to be fully open about who we are, what we do and our successes and failures, so people can hold us to account and get involved.

12. Accountable leadership: We commit to accountable leadership that’s fully focused on delivering good results for people and the environment.


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Draft 1 of the Global Standard

Wednesday March 22nd, 2017
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Draft 1 Guidance Material

Saturday March 25th, 2017

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