well grounded (adj)

1based on good evidence or reasons: soundly based; well founded.
2having a good training in or knowledge of a subject.

Benchmark 4

A functioning internal system of governance that is transparent and reflects the vision and values of the organisation

For Well Grounded, governance is about how strategic decisions are taken in an organisation, in the interests of its vision, objectives and principles. It is also about how an organisation makes sure that it is responsibly managed: how it ensures oversight of its staff and programmes. We believe that an organisation that is well governed, with clear roles, responsibilities and accountability mechanisms in place in relation to decision-making, will be more effective.

There is an imperative for good governance: civil society organisations that Well Grounded works with are demanding that their governments exhibit it, so we and the organisations that we work with need to demonstrate it ourselves. Many organisations, Well Grounded included, receive funding from public sources and we have a responsibility to ensure that these funds are well managed. In addition, for most organisations, good and functional governance is also a legal obligation.