Transparency criteria

Strengthening Roma NGOs as transparent and independent watchdog organisations

Thanks to a grant of the Visegrad Fund, ERGO Network is implementing the project “Strengthening Roma NGOs as transparent and independent watchdog organisations” in the years 2017/2018, focusing mainly on two important tools to support Roma civil society organisations: the transparency criteria and the online local policy scorecard.

The project is part of the Joint Initiative to Empower Civil Society in the Western Balkans and Turkey, financed by the IPA Civil Society Programme of DG NEAR.

Project objectives

To develop transparency criteria for grassroots organisations in order to strengthen their accountability and reliability as independent civil society and equipping (pro) Roma NGOs in applying them.

To support (pro) Roma NGOs in monitoring the effectiveness of local municipalities’ Roma inclusion policies in Central and Eastern Europe by providing them with and training them in using online local policy scorecards.

To raise awareness of local, national and European authorities for the importance of an independent civil society as watchdog organisations.

Project elements

Transparency criteria

The transparency criteria will give recommendations on how grassroots civil society organisations should be governed and managed in order to be reliable and accountable. Organisations fulfilling the criteria can use a transparency label to bring attention to their quality management. The set of criteria will focus on 1) financial management, 2) governance, 3) political transparency.

The label will raise awareness for the importance of accountability of all stakeholders.

Local policy scorecard

ERGO Network’s local policy scorecard is a tool to quickly assess and compare how local authorities tackle Roma inclusion. We invite representatives of Roma communities, NGOs and individual activists to use this tool to assess the performance of their municipality and compare it with others.

By answering 20 simple questions, the overall score of the municipality in four dimensions will be calculated and shown on an interactive map of Europe, so that results can be easily located and compared.


Slovo21, Czech Republic

Roma Advocacy and Research Centre, Slovakia

Autonomia Foundation, Hungary

Roma Active Albania


RROMA, Macedonia

Mladi Romi, Montenegro

Zero Discrimination, Turkey

The project is kindly funded by the Visegrad Fund, the IPA Civil Society Programme of the European Commission and the EaSi Programme of the European Commission.


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