|HIV/AIDS Networking Guide - A comprehensive resource for individuals and organisations who wish to build, strengthen or sustain a network (International Council of AIDS Service Organisations, 1997, 48 p.)|
|Chapter 5 - Governing Body and Staff Issues in Formalized Networks|
Defining the responsibilities of the governing body is necessary to give them a clear idea of what the network members expect from them. It helps to put these ideas in writing. For the most part, these written expectations will allow members of the governing body to see how they can contribute effectively to the organization. This also helps them to be responsible for their own commitments.
Although there are different types of governing bodies, it is possible to list their basic functions.
They are to:
monitor that the actions of the network are in line with its Statement of Purpose;
develop policies to guide the network and its management;
determine direction (strategic planning);
secure and monitor effective management of the networks financial resources;
monitor operations and evaluate results;
manage human resources (staff and volunteers);
provide continuity for the ongoing governance and management of the network; and
fulfill the basic legal responsibilities of a governing body (this applies only if the network has a legal entity).