well grounded (adj)

1based on good evidence or reasons: soundly based; well founded.
2having a good training in or knowledge of a subject.


Wednesday 13 May 2015

The Funding Facility and MOABI are offering civil society organisations (CSOs) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) a funding opportunity to support the REDD process. The deadline for submitting proposals is May 31st 2015.

Friday 1 May 2015

The Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award recognizes extraordinary efforts by an individual to improve and sustain forests and the people who depend on them.

One of the most prestigious forest accolades, the award was established by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) to honour the memory of Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai, a champion of forest issues worldwide and the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Thursday 30 Apr 2015

The thematic programme “Civil society organisations and Local Authorities” (CSO-LA) is part of the European Union’s development policy. The programme supports actions by Civil society organisations and Local Authorities that aim to respond to the needs of local populations and their participation in inclusive policy development processes at different levels. In particular, it targets capacity strengthening of Civil society organisations and Local Authorities in their role as representatives of citizens and the general population.

Monday 11 May 2015

The Equator Prize 2015 will be awarded to 20 outstanding local and indigenous community initiatives that are advancing innovative solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. Each winning initiative will receive US$ 10,000 and be supported to participate in a series of special events at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, France in December 2015.

Friday 8 May 2015

In 2014, Well Grounded started a research initiative with another organisation working on similar issues in East Africa, Maliasili Initiatives.

The purpose of the research was to explore what works and what doesn’t in terms of organisation development for African civil society organisations (CSOs) active in the conservation, natural resources and community rights sectors.

Tuesday 19 May 2015

“One thing I’ve learned from our discussion, is that for an African organisation to survive, they need to either cope with having nothing or with having too much.” – Representative from an African CSO


Pillars of a strong and healthy organisation

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  • A vision aimed at environmental and social justice

  • Programmes, projects and campaigns based on evidence and analysis, with clear rationales

  • Accountable and responsive to the communities and groups with which the organisation is working

  • A functioning internal system of governance that is transparent and reflects the vision and values of the organisation

  • Mobilise and manage resources needed responsibly and transparently, accounting for them clearly and on time

  • Provide appropriate management and support for the people involved in the organisation

  • Work to the highest possible ethical standards

  • Open and ready to learn from experience and from others and to work with others