We welcome all organisations to join the Pledge for Change.
The onus of change is very much on the role of larger INGOs in the global north. We recognise that these “power holders” cannot transform without support from others that play key roles in the development and aid system. This includes (but is not limited to) global south civil society, donors, philanthropy organizations, coordination groups and networks, and academic institutions.
International NGOs that commit to implement the pledges and metrics, transparently report, and participate in the accountability and learning process.
International NGOs that commit to implement the Pledge for Change. Each Signatory is expected to:
Signatories are expected to financially support the coordination of ongoing work of the Pledge for Change Secretariat and the collective accountability and learning mechanism. Contributions are based on a sliding scale of individual organizations or federation annual income (USD).
- Annual budget $500M and over – contributes $30,000 annually
- Annual budget $200M-499M – contributes $20,000 annually
- Annual budget $199M and under – contributes $10,000 annually
Payment must be made within 60 days of signing onto the Pledge for Change.
Organizations with significant restrictions on their budgets and unable to make the minimum contribution can discuss with the Secretariat other financial options.
♦ The CEO or a senior representative with organization-wide decision-making power is required to attend two annual retreats – one virtual and one in-person.
♦ Participation in any of the four working groups, the meeting cadence is established by the group (at least six times annually).
- Signatory organizations can identify individuals to represent their organizations in the working groups: Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL), Equitable Partnerships, Authentic Storytelling, and Influencing Wider Change.
- Organizations with significant staff restrictions who are unable to delegate staff to multiple working groups can discuss and agree with the Secretariat on a feasible plan for engagement in joint learning.
♦ Participate in a partner survey (Keystone, WACSI, other) exploring partner perceptions of your organizational progress on Pledge commitments by September 2024.
♦ Submit annual reports using agreed metrics to Pledge Secretariat by September 2024, and voluntary participation in pilot activities (timeline and deadlines TBD).
♦ Select and submit 10 examples of communications to Expert Review Panel on Authentic Storytelling for review, date to be confirmed.
♦ Engage with Global Advisory Group in an annual curated review conversation once reports, surveys and comms analysis are completed.
Other actors that commit to support Signatories and create a more conducive aid environment to ensure Pledges can be achieved. Supporters can do this in a variety of ways, all voluntary, including:
♦ Optional attendance at two annual retreats – one virtual and one in-person.
- The dates will be shared in advance to allow logistics planning
♦ Option to designate a staff member to one or more of the four working groups: Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL), Equitable Partnerships, Authentic Storytelling, and Influencing Wider Change.
- The working groups have established their own meeting cadence based on the availability of the members.
♦ We also welcome energy, ideas and pro-bono support in your area of specialization which could lead to the actualization of the pledges.
♦ This might include several activities, including
- Participation in annual partner surveys (optional), joint third-party reviews, open discussion sessions, etc.
- Option to provide expertise or capacity to research efforts, pilot activities, or advising. For example: nominate representatives from your organizations to the rotational Global Advisory Group or the Expert Review Panel on Authentic Storytelling.
- Hosting or convening working groups, online retreats, etc.
- Supporter organizations are not required to report on the metrics (but may choose to contribute to stories of most significant change, for example).
♦ Supporting organizations are not required to pay any financial contribution, however, if Supporting donors, foundations, and philanthropic institutions contribute core funding to the Pledge Secretariat, it will be used for:
- Covering the costs for accountability and learning activities.
- Travel costs for Global South participation in key events.
- Sponsorship of Signatory organizations unable to contribute financially.