Governance and Organisation

Here you can find various resources to support your organisation’s governance. Toggle the following sections to read more and to find the relevant links.

This tip sheet identifies the vital sources of information, key considerations and outlines the steps to set up a charity or CIC. It’s not intended as legal advice but as a starting point for your own consideration through highlighting relevant information.

This is designed to be a self-reflection tool to help you assess where you are as an organisation. It has been developed for Hub Cymru Africa by its founding partners and component parts: WCIA, WCVA, Sub-Sahara Advisory Panel and the Wales and Africa Health Links Network, in association with the Network of Scotland’s International Development Alliance and BOND. It will help you identify your organisation’s strengths and weaknesses.

The indicators are adapted from BOND and NIDOS Effectiveness Toolkit.

It covers 12 key areas of organisational effectiveness:

  1. Organisation and Mission
  2. Finance and Fundraising
  3. Awareness Raising in Wales
  4. Communication with partners
  5. Involving the right people/volunteers
  6. Exchange Visits
  7. Community participation in projects
  8. Southern capacity and ownership
  9. Monitoring, evaluation and learning
  10. Transparency and open governance
  11. Safeguarding
  12. Diversity and inclusion

Strategic planning is hard to do well. Many NGOs do not have strategic plans and are not really sure what they are. Others that do have them, may have lengthy, jargon-filled documents that gather dust on office shelves. They are rarely the living documents that help give meaningful direction to decisions.

Use the resources below to improve your organisation’s strategy:

Before partnering with a new organisation, it’s wise to ask a range of evaluative questions to ensure that we’re going to be working with a suitable partner and that this decision is based upon the analysis of evidence and experience.

Here’s a framework of question areas to assess operational, financial, reputational and external exposure to risk and compliance with both law and best practice guidance. Ultimately that they are suitable and safe for work in partnership.