The impacts of its work and its accountability for the results represent two major concerns for GERES. They raise many issues which call for a resolute commitment to quality assurance.
Apart from evaluation methodologies, GERES takes a cross-cutting approach to various aspects: governance, recruitment, training, preparedness and situation analysis...
Evaluations and financial audits (internal or external) of all our projects are conducted regularly. Close monitoring by our budget management officers ensures that their day-to-day management is up to standard.
GERES is also developing a qualitative evaluation approach to its projects, commissioning external audits and/or carrying out its own studies and investigations (upstream, mid-term or end-of-project).
GERES seeks in this way to adapt its work as far as possible to the real situation in the areas where it operates (relevance of the technical solutions, ability of communities and local stakeholders to "take over", local financial capacity to ensure long-term sustainability of activities, measuring impacts from the social, economic and environmental perspectives).
To evaluate its work over the long term, GERES is beginning to set up in-house observatories to monitor results and impacts based on long statistical series.
Finally, GERES is presently experimenting with an in-house training approach to support its teams’ evaluation practices (in-house consultants, training and development of guides).
Certification and quality seal
IDEAS quality label
After receiving support with its governance and financial management and monitoring of its effectiveness, GERES was awarded the IDEAS quality label to certify its high level of compliance with the requirements of the IDEAS good practice guide, particularly as regards monitoring the impact of the donations it receives.
See GERES fact sheet on the IDEAS website (in French only)
Stages in the approach
Launched in 2012, this initiative provides for several stages – support, evaluation and compliance – with a view to obtaining the IDEAS quality seal during 2014.
With the threefold objective of structuring, improvement and greater transparency, GERES has been committed to a quality assurance approach with the IDEAS association in 2012.
Following an initial assessment phase, GERES had optimized its procedures and practices.
Since october 2014, GERES achieved a satisfactory score against the 120 indicators in the IDEAS Guide with External experts who carried out the final evaluation of these indicators toward getting the quality label.
See GERES fact sheet on the IDEAS website (in french only)
The IDEAS seal certifies the sound management of an association and may facilitate fundraising from funders and private donors.
IDEAS, a public interest association, awards its seal to associations and foundations which meet quality standards in terms of their governance, efficiency/performance and financial management.
It offers free personalized assistance to help improve practices, organization, efficiency and transparency.
The IDEAS Guide produced for the purpose covers three major themes: governance, financial management and performance monitoring.
GERES' commitments for the environment
Our concern for exemplary standards and consistency with our core activity has led us to strive every day since our creation to limit the impact of our operations on the environment. In practice, this involvement translates into the seven commitments listed below.
- Commitment #1: Reduce the impact of our travel
- Commitment #2: Develop a responsible purchasing policy
- Commitment #3: Control our energy consumption
- Commitment #4: Give preference to green production sources
- Commitment #5: Reconcile communications and environment
- Commitment #6: Improve our waste management
- Commitment #7: Conserve water resources
Carbon offsetting of our emissions
Since 2007, GERES has been committed to reducing its gas emissions at source and to offsetting the rest of its emissions. The carbon credits that been used come from our clean cookstove project in Cambodia. They have been verified by the quality standard VCS (Voluntary Carbon Standard).
The scope of our carbon footprint inludes our activities based in France (Headquarters, GERES France and the Climate Change Unit).
Therefore, in ordre to offset GERES' own emissions, the following credits have been retired:
- 2013: 150 tCO2eq
- 2012: 194 tCO2eq
- 2011: 192 tCO2eq
- 2010: 149 tCO2eq
- 2009: 145 tCO2eq
- 2007: 43 tCO2eq