Credibility Alliance is a consortium of Voluntary Organizations (VOs) committed towards enhancing Accountability and Transparency in the Voluntary Sector through good Governance. Registered in May 2004 as an independent, not-for-profit Organization, CA emerged as an initiative from within the Sector. The Organization was formed after an extensive consultative process over a period of two years involving more than 500 VOs all over India. As an Organization, CA aspires to build trust among all stakeholders through improving Governance and accountable practices within the Voluntary Sector.
Credibility Alliance is akin to a professional body that set Norms or Standards of Governance. These Norms operate on the principle of self-regulation that respects the autonomy and seeks to preserve the spirit of innovation in the Voluntary Sector. As an initiative whose hallmark has been the participatory approach, Credibility Alliance develops suitable Norms through wide-ranging consultation with and participation of diverse organizations within the Sector. It plans to achieve this by developing a large membership base. The members participate in the process of evolving suitable guidelines based on voluntary disclosure of information and adhere to them. This helps in promoting the ideals of Accountability and Transparency within the Voluntary Sector. In addition, Credibility Alliance has developed an Accreditation System and Peer Group Review Model based on the Norms to strengthen and enhance the legitimacy and the credibility of individual organizations in the Sector. Capacity Building initiatives required to equip VOs to meet the norms are also promoted.