Top 5 Reasons why CSOs should take the #CSOCheck
The opportunity for civil society organisations (CSOs) to reflect on their effectiveness as independent development actors has huge benefits for all stakeholders in development. Fortunately, the #CSOCheck (CSO Effectiveness Awareness Check) is here to help. The #CSOCheck is a self-assessment tool developed by civil society for civil society. It’s a list of indicators that aim to help CSOs check how effective they are in applying the principles of CSO effectiveness in their everyday work. Here’s the top 5 reasons why all CSOs should take it:
- Self-improvement – the self-assessment tool probes aspects of your organisational policies and practices related to CSO effectiveness principles. You can identify your problem areas and look forward to making sure that you are improving in these areas. By getting a rough idea how you fare in applying effectiveness principles into practice, you understand your organisation better and more importantly – get ideas how to improve it!
- Societal contribution – improving CSO effectiveness means improving your organisation’s contributions to development – whether you work directly with communities or in partnership with other development actors – an improved and informed outlook on how to translate effectiveness principles into practice is always good news!
- Be more accountable – an organisation is said to be effective in its work if it is accountable. CSOs as independent development actors are subject to multiple lines of accountability – from the communities where their work is greatly felt to donors and funders abroad who continue to commit in partnering for development. By reflecting on how your organisation addresses these responsibilities to other stakeholders, you can get ideas on how to advance the accountability agenda better.
- Build a culture of transparency – transparency is next to effectiveness – taking the #CSOCheck serves as an important reminder of how all development actors should commit to building a culture of transparency. Being a transparent organisation means being open and honest about your work, systems, finances, and other relevant information.
- Mutual learning – embarking on the #CSOCheck is a great learning experience for the global CSO community – by reflecting and sharing knowledge on how your organisation commits to and practices the effectiveness principles, you can contribute to advancing the effectiveness agenda towards positive sustainable change.
The #CSOCheck won’t take too long to answer, it’s available online for free and helps you build up your organization for the better. Go to www.csopartnership.org/cso-check today to take the #CSOCheck!