Building solid foundations for civil society and community networks


The materials in this site have been collated to assist civil society and community networks to establish and operationalise good governance systems and practices.

These documents are open access –they can be freely downloaded and adapted, as needed. In return, we simply ask that you help to promote and share this resource.

Some of these documents may not use gender-neutral or gender-inclusive language, particularly in relation to pronouns. We encourage you to be mindful of this when integrating them into your work.

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Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Policies

‘Bribery’ is the offering, promising, giving, accepting or soliciting of an advantage as an inducement for an action which is illegal or a breach of trust, and ‘corruption’ is the…
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Anti-Human Trafficking Policies

Human trafficking is the process of trapping people through the use of violence, deception or coercion and exploiting them for financial or personal gain. The templates provide good practice examples…
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Articles of Association, Statutes, By-Laws

‘Articles of Association’, ‘Statutes’ and ‘By-laws (or Bye-laws) are written rules on the internal regulations that provide clarity to an organisation’s structure and functioning and in building an organisation’s identity;…
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Board Policies, Roles and Guidance

Board members steer an organisation by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure the organisation has adequate resources to advance its…
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Codes of Conduct and Ethics

A set of fundamental principles, operational principles, and standards to guide the actions and management of an organisation; they are sometimes referred to as ‘norms’, ‘core values’ or ‘standards of behaviour’.…
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Conflict of Interest Policies and Documents

A conflict of interest occurs when a person or an organisation that is entrusted with impartiality has multiple interests, at least one of which could potentially alter their behaviour or…
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‘Fundraising’ refers to sourcing financial support for the operations of an organisation. A robust funding model is essential for the financial sustainability of an organisation. The templates included in this…
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Guidance and Manuals on Good Governance

Good governance is a transparent decision-making process in which the leadership of an organisation directs resources and exercises power on the basis of shared values in an effective and accountable way. An organisation that…
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Policies and Documents for Safeguarding Staff and Clients

To protect people from any harm that may be caused due to their coming into contact with an organisation and includes harm arising from the conduct of staff or personnel…
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Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Sexual exploitation is the actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of…
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Risk Management Policies and Guidelines

Risk management is the coordination of activities undertaken by an organisation to control or reduce risks which may include, for example, funding, access to experts, staff safety in insecure countries,…
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Staff Policies, Contracts and Appraisals

Staff policies provide guidance on the expectations of an organisation towards those who are employed by the organisation as well as what staff members can expect from the organisation in…
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Whistleblowing policies

Whistleblowing is the reporting of suspected fraud, bribery, corruption, misconduct, failure to act, or other violations of policies, procedures or national law to the appropriate authorities, often risking the financial…
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