well grounded (adj) ♦ 1 based on good evidence or reasons: soundly based; well founded. ♦ 2 having a good training in or knowledge of a subject
Who we are
Our team consists at present of three people: Cath Long, Nathalia Dukhan and Iola Leal. Cath and Nathalia work full time, Cath based in London and travelling frequently, Nathalia based in Bangui in the Central African Republic, providing day to day support to groups there. Iola and Cath are the officially registered Directors, Iola acting in a voluntary capacity.
Well Grounded's small team has, between its members, more than 35 years of experience of working with local organisations and communities on natural resources and rights, particularly in Africa. Their country experience includes 13 countries in Africa, (South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Gabon, Central African Republic, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone) and 6 countries in Latin America (Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela and Guatemala). They have worked in the NGO sector, in research and with governments on programme development and delivery and on policy, campaign and advocacy work.
What does well grounded mean for the groups we work with?
We support groups to meet the following standards:
1. A vision aimed at environmental and social justice
2. Programmes and campaigns based on sound evidence and analysis
3. Accountable and responsive to the communities and groups with whom they are working
4. A functioning internal system of governance
5. Mobilise and manage the resources they need responsibly and transparently, accounting for them clearly and on time
6. Work to the highest possible professional and ethical standards
7. Open and ready to learn from others and from their own experience and to work with others