(The Humanitarian Social Network)
CSO governance models are increasingly facing major challenges. These include that they are typically:
The Berlin Civil Society Center is working on a set of standard governance models for best practice in CSO governance. The models are aimed at serving ‘board Members, Chairs and CEOs who aim to undertake future governance reforms more strategically and more effectively.’
Different governance models are needed, because not all organisations can and will follow one single model.
The project concept paper recognizes that:
In order to bring a wider group of aid and development practitioners into the discussion, I volunteered to start up a discussion here on Aid Source.
I hope that all of you Aid Source folks might have thoughts on:
I hope we can get some lively debate going to feed into the broader discussion at the Berlin Center.
(*Note - I have no formal affiliation with the Berlin Civil Society Center or this initiative - I just think the topic is interesting and volunteered to try to get more discussion going around it)
OK Folks - to start off...
What are some of the major challenges you've seen with your current or former INGO governance structures or models or internal decision making processes? Or what challenges have you witnessed in other INGO's models?
One thing that seems to be an issue is when boards are made up of only 'donors' with no representation of 'recipients'. Or when headquarters or donor offices have more decision-making power within an organization than 'recipient' offices or 'implementing' offices.
If you don't feel comfortable saying openly, feel free to email me your comments (lindaraftree at gmail) and I will post them anonymously.
I'd be interested in pondering governance of consortiums between INGOs as well.
Excellent idea! What aspects there do you think need to be revolutionized? Why? How? I'm sure some of the same questions above also apply to UN and INGO consortiums.