Themes

Internal Governance

Every year VANI conducts regional meetings as part of its efforts to strengthen the voluntary sector from within. It is very evident in these tough times that one of the most important challenges is to maintain the sector's credibility among the public, and bring accountability and transparency in the sector. With lack of foreign funding, the challenges before the voluntary sector have multiplied and the situation is only going to get worse. Participation and transparency are two important steps that lead to good governance which will give the sector credibility and acceptability. Organisations will have to maintain all the aspects and stages of accountability in order to impact the masses and the stakeholders they work with.

The main thrust of promoting good governance is due to the growing pressure from governments, the public as well as other stakeholders to be more open about their finances, accounts and funding sources. Stakeholders are also asking CSOs to provide evidence of the tangible impact created by their work. Efforts are being made by CSOs to strengthen internal governance, thereby strengthening the sector.

With considerable flow of money into the sector, the credibility of the sector has frequently been questioned. Time and again, questions have been raised about its authenticity, intention and credibility. The sector should be ready to admit that some of these allegations, if not all, are not without substance. As the voluntary sector demands accountability from the government as well as the private sector, it thus becomes imperative for the sector to itself practice good and transparent governance. Since its inception, VANI has been promoting value-based voluntarism. Frequently VANI has published norms and standards of good governance practices for its member organisations. Handbook on Good Governance is one such effort made by VANI to improve the governance of voluntary organisations in the country.