Applying the Global Standard in the Pacific

By November 29, 2021 CSO Standard, NMedia

Emeline Siale Ilolahia, Executive Director, PIANGO

November 25, 2021

Throughout 2020-2021, the Pacific Islands Association of NGOs (PIANGO) and the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) have partnered together to draft a comprehensive Pacific Regional CSO Accountability Framework.

As Pacific civil society becomes increasingly involved in delivering critical services, responding to disasters and holding governments to account, cultivating a more accountable and transparent Pacific civil society sector is not just a movement of solidarity, it’s one of transformative change. This Regional Framework is an invitation for governments, international partners and donors to accept a Pacific model and vision of accountability, that reflects the values, strength and diversity of Pacific civil society.

Using the Global Standard as a reference, the Pacific Regional Framework provides Pacific civil society with shared language and tools to review their accountability practices and hold themselves and each other to account. PIANGO and its members want to be able to prove and improve their accountability and apply high level commitments in practice. Developed through a series of online workshops, the draft Framework addresses Accountable Governance, Accountable Approaches and Accountable Programming. The Framework deliberately includes examples of the actions and evidence that CSOs can use to show they are accountable, whilst also recognising that Pacific CSOs work at different scales across vastly different cultures and contexts. The Regional Framework is designed to be accessible to many types of organisations who want to be able to conduct a self-assessment of their accountability practices.

In the following video, Executive Director of PIANGO, Emeline Siale Ilolahia, reflects on the challenges and lessons learnt through developing the Framework and its potential impact on accountability practices in the Pacific, in conversation with ACFID Standards Lead, Emily Moreton.

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