Accountability The means by which individuals and organizations re held responsible for their actions.
Advocacy The process of influencing policy decisions. Advocacy can be used to address weak policies, gaps in policy, or policies that are being followed.
Civil Society Institution and organizations formed outside of goverment that allow people to express their views and work towards common objectives.
Consortia Groups of organizations who come together (formally or informally) to work together on common issues.
Constituency Members and/or beneficiaries represented by an organization or an individual.
Constitution A legal document that contains the following information:
The organization's name, aims and objectives *A description of how these objectives will be achieved *A description of how the organization is led and managed
A description of how people join the organization
Signatures of the leaders of the organization and date of adoption.
Endowments Gifts or donations made to organizations or individuals
Gender equality When women and men have equal condition for realizing their full human rights and potential to contribute to and benefit from national, political, economic, social and cultural development.
Governance The rules and regulations that are required to be carried out in relation to the functioning, performance, and external relations of organizations nd government.
Members People who belong to an organization. Organization can also be members.
Not-for-private profit Income that is earned to be put towards a chartable purpose, not for individual gain.
Policy A policy is a guideline, a rule or a decision that guides or directs the actions of a person or group of people. Policies come in all shapes and sizes, from village level to regional, national and international levels.
Safety Nets Community efforts to protect and provide for the most vulnerable amongst them.
Social Capital The rules and obligations embedded in social relations which enable people to achive their individual and community objectives.
Vulnerable Those people that are marginalized by circumstance, and are more at risk. This can include the elderly, children, HIV/AIDS victims, refugees, orphans, etc.