Strengthening Civil Society

3.1: # of persons from underrepresented groups who have been trained to participate in decision-making


To gauge the level of participation of underrepresented groups in decision making bodies. For the purposes of this indicator, any persons from underrepresented groups who have benefitted from NCA or partner trainings on leadership, etc. should be counted. Decision making is often related to leadership responsibilities of different kinds – in the community, within institutions, structures, associations, committees, etc.

Definition underrepresented groups

‘Underrepresented groups’ refer to a category of people who experience relative disadvantage as compared to members of a dominant social/economic/religious group. In many instances, underrepresented groups are a demographic minority, but in others a demographic majority may also be in a relatively disadvantaged position. It is important to recognize that an individual may simultaneously identify with multiple minority groups (e.g. both an ethnic and religious minority). Likewise, individuals may also be part of a minority group with regards to some characteristics, but part of a dominant group in regard to others.




Data Source

  1. Meeting minutes
  2. Interview with decision making body participants
  3. Attendance lists
  4. Annual partner meetings

How to Collect

Firstly, it will be important for COs, together with partners, create their own local and conflict sensitive definitions of underrepresented groups. 

It is crucial that the data collection is done in a conflict sensitive manner. This means that it must be taken into account how the data collection itself might inadvertently exacerbate tensions or be a cause of conflict.

(see section in SCS guidance note on Sustainability standards for further information).

How to analyse

Dissagregate data by

Gender Age Wealth Diversity Not applicable

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