The Global Standard Partnership aims to transform CSOs’ work for strengthened impact and resilience by becoming more transparent, responsive and accountable towards the people whom they work for and with.

Support CSOs to strengthen their accountability practices through the application of the tools and guidelines of the Global Standard.
To develop new guidelines and tools for CSOs regarding how to apply dynamic accountability to the people they work for and with.
To foster more horizontal and dynamically accountable relationships between CSOs and with donors, governments, international organisations and the media.
To create methodologies for collecting and systematising learnings and impact that dynamic accountability brings to organisations and creates change.
To do other things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of any of the objects and purposes specified above.

The Global Standard Partnership

Our Story Timeline


2013 - The idea for the Global Accountability Standard was born

Initial conversations were generated by Accountable Now, VANI, and InterAction.
This idea was presented in the Global Perspectives conference in Johannesburg, South Africa.

2014 - Conceptualization Phase

Project Partners met in Berlin and Paris to research and conceptualize the Global Standard. Agreement that the Global Standard will not replace existing accountability standards.

2015-2016 - First Phase: Co-creation and Development

Meetings were held in Phnom Penh, Bogota, Belgrade, and Kampala to develop the standard. The Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN) joined the partnership.

2017 - Official Launch

The Global Standard was launched online in October 2017.
It was officially launched during the International Civil Society Week 2017 in Suva, Fiji.

2018 - 2022: Growth and Consolidation

Efforts for institutionalisation. Self-assessment tools developed and tested. Communications and advocacy activities enhanced. Mechanism to assess the state of CSO accountability designed.

2023: Global Standard Partnership

Civil society networks from all regions of the world launched in Nairobi in April 2023 the Global Standard Partnership. It aspires to build and reinforce trust in civil society organisations through enhanced dynamic accountability practices.