Global Standard for CSO Accountability

Over three years, nine accountability initiatives from around the world – the Global Standard Project Partners – have come together to exchange expertise and develop a new global standard for civil society accountability in civil society.

The new Global Standard for CSO Accountability was launched in December 2017 and embraces a new approach of dynamic accountability, including commitments on the vision, implementation and internal procedures.

The Centre provided the secretariat for the Global Standard in the first project phase. As we enter the second stage of implementing and using the Global Standard, Accountable Now is taking over the secretariat while the Centre remains the lead agency

For all information about the project, it’s partners and the new accountability framework, please visit the Global Standard website.

This project is financed by Sida.

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In the second phase of the project, some of the nine Project Partners will carry out projects in their regions and contexts. They are invited to propose projects that contribute to the following key objectives:


  1. Institutionalising the use and implementation of the Global Standard as a tool for Dynamic Accountability.
  2. Collecting, systematising and disseminating experiences and knowledge in using the Global Standard as a tool for Dynamic Accountability.
  3. Positioning the Global Standard as a tool for Dynamic Accountability and to address shrinking civic space on global, regional and national level.
  4. Establishing a community of practice for learning, feedback and co-creation.
  5. Developing a sustainability plan for the Global Standard and the coalition for Dynamic Accountability.


Proposals will be assesses by a Review Panel against the following agreed criteria:

  1. Relevance & contribution to strategy
    • Suggested project is in line with the agreed priorities, principles and objectives for the extension phase.
    • Proposal clearly articulates its target audience.
  2. Project Design & Methodology
    • Activities are leading up to concrete outcomes and results.
    • Proposal includes work plan and timelines; description of how results will be reached.
    • Proposal has a clear monitoring system and means of verification to evidence results.
    • Innovative and creative approaches will be encouraged.
  3. Organisational capacity
    • Organisation shows sufficient experience in managing such projects and has technical capacity through sufficient and fit for-purpose staff.
    • The organisation is financially healthy and has a functioning set-up to carry out the proposed activities and reach the anticipated results as well as to handle funds.
    • Organisation demonstrates willingness to learning and improvement.
    • Organisation demonstrates buy-in from senior management to this process that ensures organisational support.
    • Previously audited reports demonstrate the organisation’s capacity to perform.
  4. Adequacy of proposed expenditure
    • Budget stands in proportion to context, planned activities and anticipated results.
  • Appropriate levels of financial, administrative and operational capacity are planned to implement the proposed project.
  • Ways and means for Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning are integral part of the proposal.
Executive Director, Accountable Now