Organisational developments: decentralisation of programme development


In 2007, War Child continued carrying out the decentralisation of programme development and implementation. The accountability and the capacity for aid is more the responsibility of the country teams. While headquarters supports the implementation, it remains in a position of leadership and command. Several conditions for successful decentralisation include:

  • Improved management information and administration systems for use in the field; 
  • Guidelines for the field on how to deal with influencing policy, relations with partner organisations, institutional fundraising and themes such as education, the rights of children and child protection; 
  • Performance agreements, measurement and evaluation of field organisations; 
  • An advisory and supporting role of headquarters. Country directors will have more direct contact with headquarters, will be more directed in planning and will be given more responsibility for programmes; 
  • Strengthening of the capacity of field organisations in the area of financial management, personnel management, communication, security policy, ICT and fundraising; 
  • Country Directors will be filling a more important advisory role towards the management.


Parents at War Child workshop in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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