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The Members’ Assembly is Plan International’s highest decision-making body and is made up of delegates representing all full member National Organisations. Delegates from the National Organisations attend Members’ Assembly meetings twice a year, and all are volunteers.
One of the Members’ Assembly main tasks is to elect Plan International, Inc’s Board of Directors, which reports to and is accountable to the Members’ Assembly. It also sets high-level strategy and direction for the global organisation, approves global standards, the financial budgets and audited accounts.
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International Board of Directors
Plan International, Inc’s International Board of Directors is elected by the Members’ Assembly. Its members are all volunteers. It is comprised of 11 people, most of whom must also sit on National Organisation boards.
The Board is accountable to the Members’ Assembly for all its decisions. It approves policies and procedures in line with the strategy and global policies approved by the Members’ Assembly. It also monitors the National Organisations' and Plan International, Inc's staff’s compliance with global standards. Management then implements Board-approved policies and procedures.
Engaging with young people at all levels of decision-making is key to the way we work at Plan International and central to our child-centred community development (CCCD) approach.
We work not only for but with young people to achieve lasting change that makes the greatest possible difference to their lives. And we can only do this by listening to and responding to the voices and challenges of children and young people themselves. Young people are, therefore, a critical part of our governance structure.
Plan International offices are encouraged to engage children and young people in our internal decision-making and governance through Youth Advisory Panels – currently 26 of our 51 Country Offices have Youth Advisory Panels. At a global level, Plan International’s Global Youth Advisory Panel (GYAP) meets regularly via teleconference and once per year in person. Two GYAP members are invited to attend the Members’ Assembly as Youth Observers. For more information, see our Global Youth Engagement Strategy .
The International Headquarters, located in Woking, UK, is the strategic centre of Plan International. It provides leadership, alignment and services to field operations, and supports National Organisations.
It is a distinct legal entity operating under the name Plan Ltd, and is owned by Plan International, Inc. The International Headquarters is managed by the Chief Executive Officer who is personally accountable to the International Board of Directors.
The National Organisations raise funds for Plan International and perform a vital role in development education by engaging with sponsors and governments in their respective countries. Increasingly they play an important role in advocacy, being the voice of Plan International in their countries and holding duty-bearers to account.
National Organisations are separate legal entities with their own Board and governance mechanisms. They are accountable to their donors through their national regulators and directly through their individual national complaints mechanisms. Their objects or purposes are aligned with Plan International, Inc. and they have agreed to comply with specific standards of operations set out by the Members’ Assembly.
The National Organisations are members of Plan International, Inc., and are entitled to nominate delegates to sit on the Members’ Assembly. Through a system of weighted voting, they also elect Directors to the International Board of Directors.
National Organisations are managed by their own National Director who is accountable to their individual Board for their operations.
Two National Organisations (India and Colombia) both raise funds and run programmes. Two further Country Offices are also in transition – Brazil and Thailand.
Regional Offices co-ordinate and support the work of each Country Office within its region, providing leadership and technical expertise. Plan International conducts programme work in four regions: East and Southern Africa, Asia, West Africa and the Americas.
Each Regional Office is led by a Regional Director, who reports to International Headquarters. Regional Offices are branch offices of Plan International, Inc. and do not have a separate constitution or governance model.
Country Offices are responsible for all programme operations within the Country Office and Programme Units. They are line managed by the Regional Director, and are branch offices of Plan International, Inc. so have no separate Board or governance structure.
Programme Units are the operation units that manage and implement programmes on the ground. They work directly with children and communities, and also work closely with partner organisations. They are most often located in the communities where the programmes are taking place and are an integral part of the Country Office structure.
The Programme Units are run by a Programme Unit Manager, who is personally accountable to the Country Director.
Plan International has four Advocacy Offices. These are located in Geneva, New York, Addis Ababa and Brussels. They provide a platform for Plan International to strengthen partnerships with international bodies, negotiate with key decision-makers and promote the rights of children globally.