International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGO) Accountability Charter

Basic information

  • Host or sponsor: Peer group
  • Type: Code of Conduct/Ethics
  • Year established: 2006
  • Status: Active
  • Thematic area: General, Advocacy / lobbying
  • Summary: The Accountability Charter seeks to identify and define shared principles, policies and practices; enhance transparency and accountability; encourage communication with stakeholders; and improve performance and effectiveness among international NGOs.The principles address good governance, ethical fundraising, transparency, professional management, respect for universal principles, independence and responsible advocacy. All Signatories - including the Founding Signatories - report annually against the criteria of the Charter.

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Contact details

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Areas addressed

  • Principles or standards: Principles-based
  • Communications / advocacy / fundraising:
    • General commitment to transparency
    • Fundraising standards
    • Lobbying standards
  • Governance and Management:
    • General commitment to good governance
    • Anti-Corruption
    • Auditing
    • Financial reporting
  • Human resources:
    • Staff relations
    • Volunteer relations
  • Monitoring and Evaluation:
    • General commitment to evaluation
  • Cross-cutting thematic areas:
    • Gender equality
    • Environmental impact
    • Human rights

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Participation

  • Reasons for participation
    • Enhancing credibility, quality or reputation

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Compliance

  • Monitoring mechanism: Certification
  • Certification type: 3rd Party
  • Evidence base: Desk
  • Description of monitoring mechanism: Members of the INGO Accountability Charter submit an annual accountability report. From July 2010, the Reporting Framework applied is the Global Reporting Initiative’s NGO Sector Supplement. There is an Independent Review Panel responsible for reviewing all member organization’s reports. The panel is also responsible for handling complaints against the charter.
  • Description of sanctioning mechanism: Currently (May 2011), the Charter’s sanction mechanisms are being reviewed as the legal liabilities and responsibilities are looked into.

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Assessment

Members of the INGO Accountability Charter develop an annual accountability report using the Global Reporting Initiative’s NGO Sector Supplement. Alongside the annual reporting, the IANGO Accountability Charter Company also has an Independent Review Panel whose role it is to handle complaints submitted against the Charter Company.

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Downloads

Copy of Initiative

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