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Effective Board Governance for CSOs

A key driver of operational resilience and sustainability is the capability of civil society organisations (CSOs) to establish and cultivate effective boards. Board governance is an important ingredient to securing the evolution, scale and impact of a CSO. A colleague and I recently had an engaging conversation about the various stages of board development and the potential pathways to diagnose the health of a CSO board. This conversation centred on the patterns of evolution of CSO boards and whether there was a sequential transition from one phase to another. This led to the development of this article, which focuses on the life cycle of CSO boards within the African context based on our engagement and thought leadership in the sector.

This editorial discusses the following key topics:

- The life cycle of a functional CSO board.

- Transforming a CSO board into a golden pot.

- Why effective board governance matters for CSOs.

- A functional CSO board.

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