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12. How did you select independent reviewers/CSO partners for the Index?

We usually work with experts and national NGO platforms for aid effectiveness and development. For most of the EU member states, we approach the AidWatch/CONCORD platform, which then recommends members to us.

If the platform members are unable to conduct the review, we ask them to recommend other organisations to us. Where there is no national NGO platform, we work with CSOs we have partnered with in the past on the Index or in other advocacy efforts. For multilateral organisations or IFIs where there is no direct match with an NGO platform or CSO, we ask our peer reviewers to provide recommendations on who we can approach for the independent review. The independent review process is voluntary and unpaid. There are some organisations for whom we are unable to find independent reviewers. In these cases, Publish What You Fund undertakes the assessment.