Management and Governance

  • Date: 13/10/2017
  • Author: Jo-Ann Ward
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Because of support from Child Sponsors from Ireland, ActionAid Ireland supports 6,000 children, their families and communities, in 10 regions in 5 countries (Kenya, Uganda, Vietnam, Nepal and Cambodia). In 20165 through our Women’s Rights programme, funded by Irish Aid, we worked with 40,000 women and children (in Malawi, Kenya, Vietnam and Nepal) empowering them, enabling them to be in control of their lives and livelihoods. Our work is made possible because of committed supporters, who understand that the work we do makes a lifetime of difference.

ActionAid Ireland is part of the ActionAid International Federation. As a federation, each ActionAid country office is separately governed by a Board of Directors. ActionAid Ireland is independently governed and audited in Ireland. As part of the federation we share and work towards the same Mission: To achieve social justice, gender equality, and poverty eradication by working with people living in poverty and exclusion, their communities, people’s organisations, activists and social movements.

See for yourself!

ActionAid Ireland aims to be open and transparent – and any supporter or interested person is welcome to visit our office, review how we carry out our work, and see firsthand how our finances are organised. If you would like to take up this offer please contact our CEO, Siobhán McGee Email:

ActionAid Ireland works hard to maintain effective governance mechanisms. Please find a short Q&A below with details on our Board of Directors, legal compliance and accounting standards.

What does ActionAid’s Board of Directors Do?

ActionAid Ireland is governed by a Board of Directors whose primary responsibilities are to ensure the efficient and effective use of all the financial resources we receive – this includes your generous support. They set the strategic direction for the organisation and monitor how successful we are towards achieving our mission.

Are the Directors Paid?

No. No remuneration is paid to ActionAid Ireland’s directors for their services, and nor do they benefit in any other way from ActionAid Ireland.  If any expenses are incurred by directors, they are reimbursed on the provision of receipts (if claimed). ActionAid Ireland’s directors are required to declare any conflicts of interest on an annual basis. The directors have each declared that there are no conflicts of interest with regards to their involvement as trustees of ActionAid Ireland.

How are Board Members identified?

New board members are identified through advertising on Boardmatch, reviewing Boardmatch’s database and through ActionAid’s network. Our focus is to ensure the Board has the appropriate mix of experience and skills to guide the operations of ActionAid Ireland. In line with the Governance Policy, new Directors usually join for at most six years (2 x 3 year terms). The current directors are listed here

How are ActionAid Ireland Accounts Audited?

Our Accounts follow the best practice ‘Statement of Recommended Practice’ (SORP) and are subject to independent auditing every year. The external auditors are Crowe Horwath.

Our Finances and Human Resources are regularly audited by ActionAid International. The Charities Regulatory Authority reviewed our fundraising practices and procedures.

What is included in ActionAid Ireland’s Annual Audit?

All of ActionAid Ireland’s internal procedures including everything related to the management of donations and where donations are spent is included in the audit each year.

Do you Publish Your Audited Accounts?

We publish audited annual accounts on our website after our AGM each year. You can find our most recent published accounts here. 

Do you Publish Salary Costs?

Our annual accounts include total salary expenses and the average number of employees. ActionAid Ireland’s CEO is paid a gross salary of €75,000 per year. The company operates a defined contribution pension scheme which is available to all employees, to which both ActionAid and the employees contribute.  The CEO is the highest paid staff member and has no further benefits.

How much of ActionAid’s Ireland income is spent overseas?

Of the income we raised in 2015, 86.5% went towards our work overseas. The balance pays for the work of the team, and the costs of raising funds in Ireland.

Board Chairman Rodney Rice Speaking about Management and Governance.

Photograph: ActionAid Ireland Board Chairman, Rodney Rice, visiting Irish funded Kenyan programme in 2016. Photograph taken by ActionAid Kenya.

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