Sustainable NSO Development through Good Governance

Currently a number of NSOs in the Africa Scout Region has not been able to revise or update their constitutions as per GSAT requirement due to the lack of understanding in managing constitutional matters in terms of the importance of best practices and adherence to the amendment process and statutory timeframe. Most NSO leaderships do not see alignment in their constitution and operation as necessity. As a result, this has contributed to a number of conflicts in their governance and management processes.Generally speaking, transition is a challenge to most organizations and especially in cases where bylaws cannot provide clear guidance to its governance body and management. The additional challenge is the lack or insufficient capacity of National Scout Organizations to update their own constitutions and by-laws. Also, a number of NSOs highlighted their own challenges in drafting and implementing resolutions at national, regional and world levels. This has been identified during National AGMs, Regional & World Conferences.Therefore, understanding this need for capacity building in this area, the Africa Support Centre would like to engage in a process that will not only help NSOs to review their constitutions but also strengthen capacity of NSO leaders in order to lead such review efforts in their NSOs and to strengthen capacity to build a process to making sustainable decision-making approach, produce achievable and sustainable conference resolutions, and seek alignment of strategic priorities across the Africa Region.





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Avatar Mostaff Matesanwa

Once a Constitution, always a Constitution, right? Hardly. I used to think that a constitution – no matter for a sports club, a non-governmental organization or even a nation – was sacrosanct, a document that set in stone the principles, structures, powers and operational methods of an institution … and woe betide anyone who tampered with it!

But the Africa Scout Region Constitutional Affairs Workshop held in Lilongwe, Malawi, from 3-6/06/18, completely changed my thinking on all that. Through it I gained a much clearer realization that a constitution is a living, working document that periodically needs to be studied, reviewed, prodded, questioned, honed and even changed to ensure its relevance and its authority in order to meet the contemporary needs of the people it’s designed to serve.

The workshop enhanced my existing knowledge, skills and attitudes towards the management and governance of Scouting in my own NSO (Scouts of Namibia). It also provided me with plenty thoughts and ideas on what we should be doing and how we should be doing it to improve the effectiveness and integrity of our organization. Scouts of Namibia’s vision is to be the leading youth educational organization in Namibia by the end of 2020. But in order to attain that goal, we have to ensure – first and foremost – that our constitutional foundation is up to date.

Jim Kastelic
Chief Scout
Scouts of Namibia

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Periode Proyek

Started On
Friday, June 1, 2018
Ended On
Sunday, March 31, 2019

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