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Standards:NGO Plan for Accrediting Affiliates

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During the one-year provisional accreditation period and after accreditation, NGO's can locally accredit affiliate clubs, resource centers, teachers, trainers, coaches and judges. In order to do so the NGO must file and have their accreditation plan approved by IDEA. Plans can be sent to any member of the NGO Accreditation Committee.

  • The plan should outline how local accreditation committees are to be established and the

criteria used for determining accreditation.

Please see the attached for a sample NGO Plan for Accrediting Affiliates, IDEA Standards for Clubs, Resource Centers, Teachers, Trainers, Coaches and Judges and the Non-Affiliated Criteria for Accrediting Clubs, Resource Centers, Teachers, Trainers, Coaches and Judges to assist you with preparing the plan.
  • The plan should stipulate that the rights, responsibilities and rules for clubs, resource centers, teachers, trainers, coaches, judges and students be publicly displayed.
Any locally-accredited affiliate must agree to sign and publicly display the appropriate mission statement. IDEA has provided mission statements that establish minimum standards. All of the mission statements provided do not have to be used.
However, those that apply must be signed in order for the affiliate to be accredited. Local accreditation committees can add clauses to these documents reflecting the ethical code of the NGO. Local accreditation committees can also translate these documents as long as the spirit of the principles is retained.
  • The plan should also include a grievance procedure for appeals. For example with the attached hypothetical Accreditation Plan for a small ex Yu Balkan State, the grievance procedure might be as follows:
    • To file an appeal, the complainant submits a detailed grievance, in writing to the chair of the NGO Grievance Committee.
      • The NGO Grievance Committee is composed of three members of NGO and one member of the General Board, elected by the NGO membership. The committee members will elect a chair.
      • As expeditiously as possible the NGO Grievance Committee will be convened to collect information from all parties involved. The chair of the committee will ensure that the accused has an opportunity to see and respond to all statements made against him or her.
      • If the committee finds that no grievance has taken place, the matter will be considered resolved, and the parties shall receive notification that the case will go no further.
      • If the committee finds that the grievance has merit, it will prepare a complete report of its findings, including the statements of the accused party, statements from other witnesses, and the committee's conclusions about the nature and seriousness of the event that has taken place.
  • The report shall be submitted to the President of the General Board, who shall review the evidence and, if necessary, request additional information.

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