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Leadership Toolkit

This toolkit provides YWCAs with leadership tools such as the Standards of Good Management and Accountability, Empowering Young Women to Lead Change Manual, information on young women's leadership in the YWCA, and links to programmatic resources for YWCAs to utilise.

International NGO Accountability Charter

On June 5, 2006, the World YWCA, along with other leading international Non governmental organisations*, publicly endorsed the first international cross-sectoral code of conduct for the non-profit sector. The INGO Accountability Charter’s has now been developed and improved over the past four years and has grown in charter members. The INGO Accountability Charter is a commitment of international NGOs to a high standard of transparency, accountability and effectiveness. The Charter provides the only global, fully comprehensive and cross-sectoral accountability framework for NGOs driven by NGOs. Annual reports and a robust vetting mechanism have led to significant improvements in the quality of Charter Members’ work.


The World YWCA Constitution was revised during the Extraordinary World YWCA Council in Zurich, 2011 after a lengthy but valuable process of consultations and dialogue between national associations, local associations, the World YWCA Task force, executive committee and staff.

Strategic Framework 2016-2019

The World YWCA upholds strong values that include volunteerism, diversity, inclusiveness, accountability and integrity. YWCA social action, with its roots in the Christian faith, motivates women around the world to give through volunteerism and resources to improve lives and communities.

Standards of Good Management and Accountability

The YWCA Standards of Good Management and Accountability are a set of Standards that represent a level of management and practice which exhibit quality, responsibility and accountability.

Empowering Young Women to Lead Change

‘Empowering Young Women to Lead Change’ is a training tool for young women to catalyse positive change in their lives and communities. It is designed by and for young women, as part of the World YWCA's commitment to developing effective young women leaders and is available in English, French and Spanish.

Young women's leadership policy

The World YWCA has a longstanding commitment to providing space for young women’s leadership development, with policy resolutions dating back to 1938.

Young Women's Leadership Programme

The World YWCA equips young women for the challenges of leadership through internships ; leadership training opportunities at all regional and global events. The YWCA has always affirmed the importance of partnership across generations, and therefore, also encourages both formal and informal mentoring relationships.

World YWCA Statement of Policy

The World YWCA Statements of Policy 1894-2007 is a compendium of all official statements made during the World YWCA Councils, the official legislative body of the YWCA movement.

Code of Good Practice for NGOs responding to HIV/AIDS

The NGO Code of Good Practice was developed by NGOs, for NGOs, to help guide our work by providing a framework to which we can commit and be held accountable. Drawing on 20 years of knowledge and experience, the Code sets out key principles, practice and evidence base required for successful responses to HIV.