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Governance structure


CDKN has three main governance pillars: the Management Oversight Committee, the Network Council and the Management Team.

The Management Oversight Committee:

The Committee is responsible for oversight of CDKN’s strategic direction and operational oversight on behalf of the donors. Chaired by a senior DfID official, it focuses on the application of programme funding and the management of the network by the CEO, organisation and partners.

The Network Council:

The Network Council is the governance body for the running of the CDKN Alliance. The Council acts in close consultation with PwC, as the contracting organisation. The PwC Engagement Partner sits on the Network Council. A ‘dual key’ arrangement is foreseen, whereby PwC and the Network Council will agree on items within the remit of the Network Council. The Council approves the draft strategy for the Network and draft medium-term and annual work programmes, including financial plans. The Council maintains only a light touch oversight on operations and management activity – guided by the Chair – being informed but not taking responsibility for operational matters.

The Management Team:

The Management team is responsible for the day to day running of CDKN. It is chaired by the CEO and comprises of the Chief Operations Officer, the regional leads and Heads of Output. It meets every three months to:

  • Formulate or evaluate CDKN strategy
  • Agree, monitor and evaluate business plans
  • Resolve programme issues and address high level programme risks
  • Confirm annual and quarterly planning and priorities
  • Strengthen relationships in the CDKN delivery team