Some people serve on a board for many years before they fully understand what being a board member is about. This book aims to help current board members and those managing Christian development organisations to consider their different roles and how they can work together to fulfil the organisation’s mission. It looks at key governance principles and issues so that organisations can improve their governance structure or set up a governing body if they do not already have one. There is guidance about recruiting and welcoming new board members so that they can fully understand their role before they start their service.
This toolkit focuses on governance and is designed to be an interactive and practical guide for small to medium sized NGOs. The aim of the following seven sections is to provide your organisation with the key information and guidance it requires in order to run an efficient and successful organisation. Good governance helps to ensure that your organisation is accountable to your members, beneficiaries and the wider community. By developing robust governance structures, your organisation can effectively respond to, and meet the needs of, your community.
GHARP Guide to NGO Governance
Effective governance can ensure that your organisation has a strategic direction and that the people who are supposed to benefit from the organisation’s activities are getting as much support as they can. It can protect your organisation from being used by individuals for their private gain, and ensure it is accountable to the public, members, beneficiaries, donors and, where appropriate, to the state. Accountability is particularly important for organisations working with or on behalf of disadvantaged people, and which raise funds on that basis.