Selection Processes: An Opportunity to Enhance Ownership and Build Trust

To improve trust, ensure transparency and to enhance its accountability, Iraqi Al-Amal Association (IAA) has put in place a public selection process for both individuals and NGOS for capacity building or receiving funds.

In the capacity building trainings for individuals, youth-led NGOs, or youth platforms, the selection process starts by an online public application, shortlisting, and interviewing the shortlisted candidates to select. Usually, IAA receives from few hundreds to 1,700 applications from which they select only 25 or 50 to participate.

Evaluation is based on concrete criteria and a scoring system. The selected list is usually published publicly after taking consent. Moreover, the scoring system is presented to the selected applicants during the activity. This has improved their trust in the process and IAA’s selection procedure. It makes applicants feel they are selected based on their qualifications. In a country which has high level of corruption this is an extremely important message to send.

The micro grants provided in the fields of culture of peace, entrepreneurship, and advocacy to individuals, youth platforms, and NGOs follow a similar structured selection process based on a concrete scoring system. The selection committee usually brings in external consultant to advice the team. For those selected, IAA provides space to develop their own ideas, and supports them if requested to fine-tune their proposals. Implementation stage is the sole responsibility of the applicant. This has improved the level of ownership and creativity significantly.

While this practice is very organisation specific, it can easily be adapted to other organisations.

Standard of Memory and Balance of Civil Society Organizations – FECU Social

The FECU Social is a standardized and integrated presentation tool for Memory and
Balances for non-profit organizations (NPOs), prepared by Comunidad de Organizaciones Solidarias in partnership with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in 2013. Along with transparent annual management and accountability, it allows compliance with legal information reporting requirements; as well as support the strategic management of social organizations.
There are currently 201 organisations using the FECU Social.

The tool consists of the information sheet itself as well as a support manual which outlines the different sections of the sheet.

Japan NPO Center’s Searchable Online Database

The Japan NPO Center (JNPOC) has been running and administering a searchable online database called NPO-Hiroba ( since 2001. This database contains data for all “Specified Non-profit Corporations” (approx. 50,000 incorporated non-profit organisations), which is the main type of nonprofits operating in Japan. The basic information of new incorporated organisations is added periodically, and with a unique user ID & password, each nonprofit can add and update its organisational information. We suggest that you use Google translate for translations from Japanese into other languages.