Accountability for civil society by civil society
ALDA is glad to present "A Guide to Self-Regulation Initiatives" realised by CIVICUS, in order to help CSOs in regulating themselves and balancing their rights with their responsibilities.
For more than trhee decades now, the number of civil society organisations (non-governmental orgnisations, local-community based organisations, trade unions, community foundations, civil society platforms, umbrellas and network bodies) has been increasing dramatically all around the world and at different levels (global, national and local). As their numbers have soared, their roles, responsabilities and activities have continued to increase and their position within their community, society or sector has continued to evolve.
While their roles and functions have been evolving, CSOs have also come under increased scrutiny from governments, the private sector, media, the general public and civil society itself. In recent years, following financial crises, declining donors' resources and restrictions on civil society space, the focus on value for money pushes CSOs even more to demonstrate their good use of tax payers' money while managing to be more effective, closer to their constituencies and beneficiaries, and constantly prove their relevance.
In reaction, CSOs have also been working for decades on developing their own intiatives to address these demands, as they understood the importance of finding effective way of regulating and balancing their rights with their responsibilities. As a result, the three part concept of ligitimacy, transparency and accountability emerged.
The guide to self-reulation initiatives created by CIVICUS focuses on these three fundamental concepts, and it's organised in two main parts about "Joining or estabilishing a self-regulation initiative" and "Improving a self-regulation initiative, best practices and innovations".
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