Our participatory governance

We have a dual governance system. The formal supervision of the executive directors and their team is done by our Board of Trustees (BOT). Their role is to approve our annual plans, budgets and reports, and supervise our directors’ work. Our network partners also have their say in our governance, through our International Advisory Board (IAB).  Their role is to give strategic advice to our BOT and directors. The IAB is also crucial for the development of common funding, advocacy and campaigning strategies. The IAB is elected by our partners, thus ensuring that our network’s thematic and geographic diversity is represented throughout our work.


IAB

Through our International Advisory Board (IAB), our partners get to have their say in our governance. The members of the IAB are elected from among our partners. They are all non governmental organisations working with us on gender equality and sustainability through activities such as policy advocacy and project implementation. They subscribe to our vision and mission, as well as our good governance policies. In the nominations for the IAB, we encourage members working on our thematic focus areas and people of diversity; for example in terms of geographical scope, age and gender. The IAB's role is to give strategic advice to our Board of Trustees and Directors and is crucial for giving new impetus to developing common funding, advocacy and campaigning strategies.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Our International Board of Trustees consists of three to seven members who bear the final responsibility for our strategic and financial management. Members are appointed on the basis of their expertise and perform their functions on a voluntary basis. They are mandated for four years and can only be re-elected once. The Board meets at least twice a year to approve our yearly accounts, annual reports, and our upcoming year’s budget as well as work plan. In addition to their controlling tasks they advise the Executive Director, perform representative functions for our organisation, and if time allows, visits project partners. Since 2015, our board members are:

Founding members

Special thanks to our founding members & previous chairpersons:

  • Marie Kranendonk
  • Christine von Weizsäcker

Strategic Plan

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Code of Conduct

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SEA policy

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annual reports

Summary

In 2017 an new multi-annual program, “Make Europe Sustainable for All”, started. It is organized through the European Environmental Bureau and our Dutch office is a co-applicant. The Women2030 programme picked up speed, in terms of engaging partners in gender assessments, shadow reporting and awareness raising. Policy dialogues were held in Abuja and Jakarta, linking up to United Nations processes on safe chemicals and waste. Partners joined us at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, the UNECE regional and global sustainable development processes, as well as to the climate change negotiations.

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In 2016, we started our partnership programme with women and gender equality networks worldwide, Women2030. It is funded by the European Commission, EuropeAid. With our climate and gender just circular economy programmes, we worked alongside our partners towards increased energy efficiency as well as clean, safe water and sanitation access in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. With our programme for a healthy and toxic free environment, we worked towards women’s and children’s improved health in Western Europe and the Balkan.

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The year 2015 marked the end and new beginnings for us. It was the last year of our multi-country “Empowering Women benefits All” programme which focused on building women’s leadership, economic and political empowerment in Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. The lessons learned entered into our new 5-year global partnership programme with women and gender equality networks, Women2030, starting early 2016.

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The main effort in 2014 was to demonstrate local solutions for inclusive and environmentally friendly development, with full participation and leadership of women through our programmes “Empower Women benefits All” and “Switch to Sun”. We developed a water and sanitation safety planning (WSSP) compendium which was implemented in nine rural villages of Romania and Macedonia. More than 50,000 women, men and children from low income communities were trained on SDGs.  We lead the continuation of the “ChildProtect” programme, focusing on phasing out endocrine disrupting chemicals.

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In Uganda and South-Africa women recieved training on the development of food gardens and organic agriculture through the “Empower Women benefits All” programme. In Ukraine, Georgia and 5 other EECCA countries, “Switch to Sun”, a program to improve and up-scale solar heaters for household and public building in rural areas, made progress. In Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan and Tajikistan, together with our partners we transferred knowledge and built ecological sanitation systems for schools and households. Through our capacity building and training programmes we trained 500 trainers.

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We took a leading role in the 2012 Rio+20 conference, as co-facilitator of the “Women’s Major Group”, one of the nine groups of civil society which have a space in the UN policy process. Our role was to facilitate the 300 organisations through virtual and face-to-face meetings, develop joint text proposals for the negotiation text, organise meetings with country negotiators, as well as organising events in which to present the priorities of women’s organisations. One of the main highlights was our “Women Rio+20 Award”.

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