Strengthening Civil Society

3.1 % of decision making body members belonging to an underrepresented group


To gauge the level of participation of underrepresented groups in decision making bodies. 

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 in regard to some characteristics, but part of a dominant group in regard to others.


Baseline, endline.

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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