All staff members participate in strategic decisions, with each person having an agreed level of autonomy in day-to-day decision-making. We have a shared responsibility for the major decisions taken, as well as accountability to other members of the team for our own decisions. To facilitate this process, we use a consensus decision-making model to help us move forward with an action.
This structure was chosen by the founders to reflect the values inherent to Well Grounded. We seek to be not only accountable but also transparent in our actions. We aim to foster an environment in which each person’s position in the organisation and his/her contributions are valued.
We are also regularly documenting and analysing our practice through our learning strategy to inform the decisions we take so we can ensure the work we do remains pertinent and effective.
Well Grounded’s statement on adopting public positions
Well Grounded is working towards a world in which all people are able to seek and secure justice and sustainability in the management of natural resources.
Our goal is to assist national civil society organisations in Africa that are working for good governance of natural resources and the recognition and respect of the rights of local communities, so that they have the organisational, human, financial and strategic resources they need to provide appropriate support to those communities.
In line with this goal, Well Grounded does not normally adopt public positions on issues on which national civil society organisations are working. This is to ensure that national organisations have the space to develop and advocate for their own views and objectives without being influenced by Well Grounded’s perspectives on an issue.
Well Grounded will, however, adopt public positions on issues that are based on its own role and experience, as well as on issues that affect the ability of national civil society organisations to develop and advocate for their own views autonomously.
These may include:
- Issues that affect the ability of national civil society organisations to operate, such as political space and the funding environment;
- Issues of organisation development;
- Relationships between national civil society organisations and international actors.