The NGO Code of Conduct for Health Systems Strengthening is included in a new online database of civil society initiatives toward self-regulation. The database was developed by One World Trust, a UK-based think tank that researches and advocates on issues of global governance.
Within the list of international initiatives, the NGO Code of Conduct for Health Systems Strengthening is one of two initiatives related to health. The database also includes initiatives at the country and regional levels.
The purpose of the database is to compile information about the many existing intiatives (more than 300 so far) to help civil society organizations (or CSOs) demonstrate accountability. Eventually the web site will also feature details on a number of criteria, such as the related sector, what type of CSO it is for, and whether it is principle- or standards-based.
According to the web site, the database will be officially launched in July 2009.
From the web site:
Civil society organisations (CSOs) are facing increasing pressure to demonstrate their accountability, legitimacy and effectiveness. In response, a growing number are coming together at national, regional and international level, to define common standards and promote good practice through codes of conduct, certification schemes, reporting frameworks, directories and awards. However, CSOs, donors and other potential users are often unaware of their existence or what distinguishes one initiative from another, making it difficult for to make choices around which initiative best suits their needs. This project provides the first comprehensive inventory of such civil society self-regulatory initiatives worldwide.