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Good NGO Governance


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Good NGO Governance
by Dick Balderrama
National Coordinator, PHILSSA

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Good NGO Governance

  1. 1. Dick Balderrama National Coordinator, PHILSSA
  2. 2. Some Misconceptions and Myths on Good NGO Governance <ul><li>Good NGO Governance is expensive. </li></ul><ul><li>Good NGO Governance is time-consuming. </li></ul><ul><li>Good NGO Governance is a waste of resources. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why Good NGO Governance? <ul><li>It is a MORAL imperative. </li></ul><ul><li>We are a public trust. We must be transparent and accountable. </li></ul><ul><li>We are demanding Good Governance from government. We must also be ready to apply the same level of transparency and accountability. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why Good NGO Governance? <ul><li>It is also a PRACTICAL thing to do. </li></ul><ul><li>A well-governed NGO is an effective organization. </li></ul><ul><li>A well-governed NGO is a strong and stable organization. </li></ul><ul><li>A well-governed NGO is a sustainable organization. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Good NGO Governance <ul><li>Compliance with regulatory requirements (such as SEC, BIR, DOLE, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Good financial accounting, budgeting and audit system </li></ul><ul><li>Enforced institutional policies and mechanisms with proper check and balance system </li></ul>
  6. 6. Good NGO Governance <ul><li>Good decision-making, planning and monitoring/evaluation system </li></ul><ul><li>Social accountability with partners and stakeholders </li></ul>
  7. 7. Performance Areas for Good NGO Governance <ul><li>Vision, Mission , Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional Governance System </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Management and Administration </li></ul><ul><li>Program Operations </li></ul><ul><li>Partnering and Networking </li></ul>
  8. 8. Vision, Mission, Goals <ul><li>VMG gives the NGO its identity and direction. It defines one’s commitment to social change. </li></ul><ul><li>VMG serves as the basis for planning one’s actions or programs, in the long-term and in the short-term. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Vision, Mission, Goals <ul><li>VMG helps to track and measure one’s progress. There is need to revisit VMG from time to time. </li></ul><ul><li>d. A shared VMG among members makes an organization stable and effective. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Institutional Governance System <ul><li>A Board governs as the highest authority of an organization. Acting as a group, the Board leads towards achieving its mission. </li></ul><ul><li>A Board has the responsibility and highest level of accountability for the NGO. In a registered corporation, the Board is legally accountable for the organization. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Financial Management and Administration <ul><li>An effective organization manages its resources: </li></ul><ul><li>Finances and Material Assets </li></ul><ul><li>People and Other Assets </li></ul>
  12. 12. Management of Finances and Material As sets <ul><li>Funds for the public good are entrusted to organizations that can account for them and show proper usage. </li></ul><ul><li>Proper records and proper reports guide you forward. Accounting, budgeting and audit go together with your program plans. </li></ul><ul><li>Internal controls allow you to do funds generation with confidence. Donors give when financial systems of an NGO are set up and working </li></ul>
  13. 13. Management of People and Other As sets <ul><li>Develop the capacity of the NGO to respond to community needs identified by enhancing the knowledge, skills and values of staff, volunteers and partners and improving institutional policies and systems </li></ul><ul><li>Earn the benefits of good administration : </li></ul><ul><li>- accreditation with government agencies, - interest and trust of donors and partners </li></ul>
  14. 14. Program Operations <ul><li>Program Operations tie up the various activities to achieve your VMG. </li></ul><ul><li>Every program has an implementation cycle and process. Program planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation systems must be in place. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Partnering and Networking <ul><li>Partnering and networking allow the NGO to do more with its limited resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Networking can communicate your cause to the public. Be heard with a loud voice. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Partnering and Networking <ul><li>c. You can tap information, contacts, training and expertise from others in the network. </li></ul><ul><li>d. Get best practice information from your network. Aim for standards in NGO work. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Acknowledgement <ul><li>Partnership of Philippine Support Service Agencies (PHILSSA) </li></ul><ul><li>Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO) </li></ul><ul><li>Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC) </li></ul>