INTRODUCTION TO GOOD GOVERNANCE TRAINING MODULE WHY TRAINING FOR NGO GOOD GOVERNANCE?
All non-government organisations (NGOs) are governed by a body that is responsible for overseeing the organisation’s work and ensuring they are operating effectively. When this body, usually a Board of directors
or trustees, is functioning well, the NGO can greatly benefit from useful guidance and leadership, representation in the community and internal checks and balances which ensure the organisation is using its resources in
the best possible way. In many cases however, those involved in governance – Board members and/or management – are not always aware of their core responsibilities to the organisation, nor the positive impact they could make if they fulfilled these responsibilities effectively. This training module is designed to bridge this gap in knowledge and understanding for Board members and organisation staff alike, to bring to light current experiences and look at new ideas for improvement. A well functioning Board can only lead to a better-functioning NGO, which is the ultimate goal for all.
WHO IS THIS MODULE FOR?
This module is specifically for small to medium non-government organisations who wish to improve the effectiveness of their governance structures. It brings together information about good governance,
particularly Boards, that can be used by workshop facilitators to run governance training with organisations, facilitate a training-of-trainers workshop with organisation staff and/or by the organisation staff to
facilitate their own governance training. The module can also be used directly by Boards themselves if they wish to facilitate their own development. The information in the module draws on many different sources that Oxfam
feels reflect best practice and align with their commitment to participatory, empowering processes for local organisations. At the same time, organisations are also encouraged to learn more about relevant governance
approaches and adapt them to suit their situation.
WHAT ARE THE LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR THIS MODULE?
Individuals and organisations that use this material will:
• have a clear understanding of the importance of good governance
• be confident to run and/or participate in good governance training
• have the tools to improve the skills and functioning of their Boards or
other governance structures.