Other documents & resources

Organisation Development Success Stories: Accountability, Participation and Organisational Growth

This series of success stories is designed to share our experiences of OD with CSOs, identifying factors that we consider have been important in enabling them to become more effective and to have more impact. Read here about our work with the Dynamique des Groupes des Peuples Autochtones (DGPA)!

Organisation Development Success Stories: Structure, Strategy and Diversity

This series of success stories is designed to share our experiences of OD with CSOs, identifying factors that we consider have been important in enabling them to become more effective and to have more impact. Read here about our work with the Plateforme pour la Gestion Durable des Forêts (PGDF)!

The role of strategy in an organisation's success

Strategy is at the heart of an organisation's work. In this document, you'll find practical tips and key elements to integrate in a strategic process.

Characteristics of an effective network

We have identified the characteristics of an effective network through our experiences of providing organisation development support to civil society groups in the Congo Basin. Feel free to use this checklist to evaluate your network's performance!

Discussion Series – Issue 3: The importance of strategy for CSOs

For CSOs to have a significant impact, it's important to be able to reflect and respond strategically to what is going on around them. This article highlights the importance of strategy and the challenges inheritent to developing strategies with CSOs. It also explores our learning about how we can support CSOs to develop their own strategies. It is our hope that this article will fuel debate on this topic.

Discussion Series – Issue 2: Collective action between CSOs: How can networks be effective?

In our work, the team at Well Grounded has encountered many networks, platforms and coalitions: for organisations trying to influence politically and economically sensitive forest policy, it's a necessity to collaborate with others. Alone, an organisation can be vulnerable and their voice can be marginalised or silenced. With others, they are harder to ignore.

Discussion Series – Issue 1: The challenge of leadership in CSOs in the Congo Basin

This discussion paper sets out the importance of leadership in CSOs in the Congo Basin. It draws from the experiences of Well Grounded's Leadership Development Programme, which supports leaders, managers and staff of CSOs working in the field of natural resources or community rights in Cameroon, the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Highlights from Nairobi Peer Learning Event

In July 2015, Well Grounded and Maliasili Initiatives brought together a small group of representatives from civil society organisations (CSOs) working on conservation and natural resource management issues in Kenya, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The purpose of the one-day event was to share experiences and ideas across organisations around strategy development, business planning, and the incorporation of new and more sustainable funding models. This report highlights some of the key points and themes that emerged from the learning event.

Strengthening African CSOs for improved natural resource governance and conservation

This report, co-authored by Well Grounded and Maliasili Initiatives, explores the major organisational challenges and issues facing African civil society organisations (CSOs) working in the natural resource and conservation fields, as well as current practices and trends in funding and external capacity support.

A short video outlining the key findings and recommendations of the research report can be viewed here

Tips for developing proposals

Well Grounded has developed a short document offering ‘ten tips’ on preparing proposals for international donors. Download it here!

Study on aspects of the legal framework that affect CSOs in DRC

Well Grounded commissioned this study on aspects of the legal framework that affect CSOs, after discovering through our daily interactions that many organisations are unaware of their legal obligations, that it is hard to obtain relevant information and that much of the information which is available is presented in a language that is hard to understand. To remedy this we asked local legal experts to collect and collate all the information that CSOs need in order to comply with their national legal system and to translate it into accessible language. (Please note that this publication is only available in French).

Study on aspects of the legal framework that affect CSOs in Cameroon

Well Grounded commissioned this study on aspects of the legal framework that affect CSOs, after discovering through our daily interactions that many organisations are unaware of their legal obligations, that it is hard to obtain relevant information and that much of the information which is available is presented in a language that is hard to understand. To remedy this we asked local legal experts to collect and collate all the information that CSOs need in order to comply with their national legal system and to translate it into accessible language. (Please note that this publication is only available in French).

Introduction to Well Grounded's external evaluation

In 2013, Well Grounded hired Ternstrom Consulting to carry out an evaluation of our practice in organisation development so that we can consolidate, improve and/or change our practice; and also so that we can evaluate whether or not we are en route to deliver on the objectives we have set for ourselves for 2015 in relation to our funding from the UK Department for International Development.

A full summary of the evaluation’s findings can be downloaded here.