A solid foundation of good governance is a pre-requisite for the success of any social enterprise. In its support of local committees and various groups engaged in natural resource management and conservation enterprise activities in the Maasai Steppe, APW commits resources only where transparency, accountability and responsible leadership are evident.
Emerging Priority: Good Governance and Reto-o-Reto Committees (Maasai for “interdependency”)
Resulting from a 2011 natural resource action planning workshop at Noloholo, a new committee emerged to oversee natural resource management in Maasai Steppe.
Good governance principles of new Reto-o-Reto committees include:
- Formal ratification in village government and general assembly meetings
- Democratic election of the committee with rotation of the board
- Clear mission and vision statements with organizational roles defined
- Gender and sub-village representation on the committee
- Regular reporting of activities to the community
APW will help these committees to become formally and legally recognized in Tanzania.
APW is also committed to working with partners in the Maasai Steppe to provide good governance and leadership training at the Noloholo Environmental Center.
More information on this initiative will be available soon.