An effective organisation is one that has good leadership and governance. If you are new to governance and charities or you want to brush up your knowledge of this area, these resources will help you.
Transparency & IATI resources
Transparency helps to improve effectiveness, accountability and trust in the international development and aid sector. This resource page signposts different places across the internet to gain support on organisational transparency and publishing your data to IATI.
SCVO's Good Governance Checkup
SCVO have created a Good Governance Checkup document to be used in conjunction with the Scotland Governance Code for the third sector to help trustees regularly review their governance.
TrustLaw's legal health check for NGOs and social enterprises
The Thomson Reuters Foundation has developed a Legal Health Check to assist NGOS and social enterprises identify some of their operational legal needs.
Preparing for Brexit
Brexit and the possibility of a no deal has a number of serious implications for the sector, however, there are a number of things that you can do to be prepared. Whether your organisation has EU funds or not, Brexit is creating a level of uncertainty that will affect your programme delivery and you will need to consider the implications of Brexit for your organisation. We have collected a number of websites and resources to help you prepare for Brexit.
Members Guide to Accessing TrustLaw
We have partnered with TrustLaw to facilitate free legal assistance for social enterprises and NGOs that we support. TrustLaw is a global programme of Thomson Reuters Foundation that connects the world's leading legal teams to provide free legal assistance to organisations working for social and environmental change. This guide explains how Alliance members can access this service.
Good Governance Support Package
This guide aims to improve your understanding and help you strengthen the governance structures of your organisation. It covers the basics of setting up and governing a Scottish charity, finance, people and broader organisational responsibilities which trustees are responsible for, including safeguarding and risk mitigation. The guide was produced in collaboration with SCVO.
Information about Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is being closely monitored by Scotland’s International Development Alliance, please see a list of resources offering further information and advice.
Risk mapping and risk registers
The risks that each organisation and project face will be unique. Here are some helpful resources to help you think about risk more strategically.
Legal FAQs COVID-19
These Legal FAQs about COVID-19 cover a range of questions relating to employment, governance, insurance, health and safety, property, and data protection/ GDPR. They have been produced in collaboration with CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP, and are intended for general guidance purposes only.
Project FAIR Toolkit
The online toolkit is designed to assist international development and aid organisations through the strategic considerations related to fair reward. It is comprised of a short quiz and a set or key strategic considerations.
Principles and Standards of INGO Fair Reward
The Principles and Standards of INGO Fair Reward are designed in order to help organisations develop a shared understanding of what fair reward means for the international aid and development sector.
Project FAIR: Exploring practical pathways for reward fairness in international NGOs
This report provides a full overview of Project FAIR, including background to the project, method, and analysis and discussion of findings. The project aimed to collaboratively explore practical alternatives to the dual salary system and enable the INGO sector to maximise its contributions to decent work, sustainable livelihood and poverty eradication.
Wren & Greyhound: Lasting Difference Toolkit
The Lasting Difference toolkit is a guide for third sector organisations to strengthen sustainability and impact.
SCOPE: Skills Recognition, Capacity Building, and Professional Education for the Third Sector
The online learning platform developed by SCVO and partners covers useful topics for third sector staff and volunteers including the basics of: governance, finance, fundraising, communications and risk management.
Reading list: Remote AGMs and Board Meetings
Given the shift towards remote working many of us have taken this year, it is unsurprising that we at the Alliance have had a large number of questions recently about how to hold digital Annual General Meetings (AGMs) and board meetings. We have collected some learnings from our recent AGM and provide a reading list of helpful sources to consult if you are planning a remote meeting.
SCVO Trustee Network
SCVO have created a Trustee Network in partnership with Aberdeen Standard Capital to provide support and guidance for members of boards and committees.
Training and e-Learning
Resources to help an organisation develop its own monitoring, evaluation and learning.
Resources to help increase understanding of governance within charities as well as best practice.
Resources to help with developing your own organisational logframes.
Value for Money
Resources to help increase understanding of the concept of value for money in international development and what this means for your projects and organisations.
Resources ranging for those new to funding wanting to develop their fundraising strategies to anyone wanting new ideas.
Theory of Change
Resources to help increase understanding of theories of change as well as support the development of your own.
Resources to support partnership development and look at best practice.
Resources to gain a better understanding of the trends towards innovation.
Member's Training Fund
Throughout the year The Alliance hosts free training for our members on key topics. In addition to the training that we offer we also have a small bursary available to help organisations access training from external providers.
Frequently asked training questions