African CSO Index
The African CSO Index measures CSOs across eight measures of organizational effectiveness: Strategic Ability and Adaptabibility, Leadership and Governance, Financial Health and Management, Human Resources, Operations, Communications, Partnerships and Alliances and Monitoring and Evaluation. We harness the power of data and technology to drive change as we build a platform to map out the sector, foster collaboration and help grow the African philanthropic ecosystem. Technology-backed data can help to drive performance and the index is a means of strengthening the capacity and sustainability of CSOs. The index makes it possible to track the evolution of organizational effectiveness of individual groups, sub-sectors and the entire CSO sector.
Efforts to organize data around African CSOs are not new. But to date, these attempts have been fragmented, their scope limited, and the data has been inconsistent, often dated, and of varying quality. The EPIC-Africa Civil Society Index is the first bold attempt to map and rank CSOs across the entire continent, across multiple sectors and indicators. It is also the first attempt to look beyond legal and financial due diligence questions that most funders are concerned with to indicators of organizational effectiveness.
+ How does the index benefit funders?
It makes it easier and cheaper for funders to find grantees
It shortens the time it takes to make a grant
It makes the selection of grantees more objective
It increases grant-making effectiveness by betting on high performing groups (as opposed to “spraying and praying”)
+ How does the index benefit CSOs?
It makes CSOs more visible
It levels the playing field for CSOs, giving equal opportunity to less well-known groups that may be doing stellar work but are not visible
It stimulates healthy competition and inborn desire to do better
It leads to greater credibility and local legitimacy
It leads to increased/diversified funding, including domestic funding from individuals
It creates greater transparency and strengthen the sector as a whole, enabling it to fend off constant threats from governments wanting to restrict civic space
+ Who does the index serve?
African philanthropic foundations
Global philanthropic organizations
Multilateral and bilateral aid agencies
Corporate/private sector foundations
The general public