The Independent Code of Governance for Non-profits in South Africa
The Independent Code of Governance for Non-profits in South Africa was developed by civil society organisations to promote good governance, high standards and best practice amongst NGOs. The code represents a strong sentiment within the sector not to be regulated, either by the state or the corporate sector.
The Independent Code “consists of a set of principles, values and responsibilities intended to guide and inform the way that organisations are managed and conduct their affairs. It is also intended to serve as a standard or measure to assess performance and guide members of governing boards, and others who carry responsibility for governance”.
The Code includes 8 fundamental values to guide legal, fiscal and leadership principles for NGOs which signatories to the Code are asked to commit to. Organisations wishing to subscribe to the Code may do so online at www.governance.org.za. Also to be found at www.governance.org.za are resources and mechanisms aimed at strengthening governing structures at NGOs.