CIVICUS Board Elections 2023
The election process to bring on board new Board members is now officially open. This presents an opportunity for CIVICUS members and partners to be involved in the governance of the Alliance and in steering the implementation of the 2022 – 2027 CIVICUS strategic plan.
December 2023 marks the end of Board service for one Board member and the possible start of a second three-year term for four Board members, if re-elected. We are searching for up to five committed, diverse, and passionate civil society leaders who will join the remaining Board members to govern the CIVICUS Alliance from January 2024 to December 2026.
You can nominate yourself or another Voting Member here by midnight GMT+2, Sunday, 10th September 2023. We particularly encourage nomination of representatives from youth and traditionally excluded communities.
The NomsCo intends to present a slate of up to 15 qualifying candidates to the CIVICUS Voting membership for elections. In selecting the candidates, the Committee will be guided by a wide variety of factors. These may in addition to the standard criteria outlined below, include regional or sector representation, youth candidates, and traditionally excluded groups among others.
In response to recommendations from the 2022 post-election analysis, the slating process will, for the first time, include a brief conversation between qualifying candidates and individual members of the NomsCo. This will be an opportunity for candidates to clarify matters related to the election process and to hear directly from current and former Board members on Board related responsibilities.
Criteria for Board Nominations
In order to stand for Board election or vote for a preferred candidate, you must either be an individual CIVICUS Voting member or a nominated representative of an organisation with CIVICUS Voting member status.
We welcome all civil society actors who demonstrate that they are committed to strengthening civil society and citizen action, adhere to the principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and use peaceful means to pursue their objectives.
Further criteria considered by the Nominations Committee will include:
- Active commitment to and support for CIVICUS’ Mission, Vision and Goals, Commitment to the principles of accountability, diversity and inclusion that we value and represent as an alliance
- Ability to devote the time and energy to responsibilities of the Board, including regular attendance at meetings, serving on sub-committees of the Board and representing CIVICUS externally where needed
- Contribution to our strategic vision by providing direction and inputs to the development of a strategic plan that is backed by measurable goals and financial resources
- Willingness to understand, accept and comply with Board responsibilities and policies
- Support to shared outcomes needed through teamwork, enthusiasm, innovation and candidness
- Support to advancing the learning and achievements of the alliance through critical insights and judgements
To be eligible to stand for election, you will need to be a verified CIVICUS voting member by Sunday, 10 September 2023.
Details on the legal duties of CIVICUS Board members can be found here. Please contact John Mang’ana at for further information on the CIVICUS Board or the elections process.
Please see the following section on how to become a Voting member.
Becoming a Voting Member of CIVICUS
CIVICUS members are authentic foundations, civil society organisations, national or regional civil society platforms or networks, social movements or individual who have attained recognition in their communities or among their peers. They abide by and promote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, embody CIVICUS’ Vision, Mission and Values, and adhere to CIVICUS’ Code of Conduct for members.
Voting members collectively set the agenda and priorities for the CIVICUS alliance, playing a leadership role in key activities, increasing their visibility and enhancing the diversity and resilience of the alliance through support to the CIVICUS Solidarity Fund.
To become a voting member:
- Fill in the Online Form
- Complete the three-tier assessment: i) a self-assessment on your commitment to human rights and social justice, ii) a peer review from a organisation, activist or constituent related to how your values are reflected in your work, and iii) an indication of the supporting documentation you have.
- Pay the voting membership fee. Please note – the Voting membership fee is optional if you are an individual or if your organisation has an annual income of under $80k. The membership fee goes towards the CIVICUS Solidarity Fund.
- Detailed information on becoming a CIVICUS Voting member can be found on our website or through contact with our Membership Team at .
10 August – 10 September
Call for Nominations
10 August – 10 September
11 September – 25 September
Confirmation of candidates by the Nominations Committee.
The Nominations Committee shall communicate the outcome of the selection process to all candidates before the final slate is presented for elections.
02 October - 23 October
02 October - 23 October
New Board Announcement
2023 CIVICUS Board Elections Nominees
Frequently Asked Questions
The Nominations Committee plans to hold an open question and answer session between Monday, 18 September – Wednesday 20 September. Qualifying candidates will be able to clarify matters related to the election process and directly hear from current and former Board members on Board related responsibilities. The actual time for the sessions will be communicated at a later stage when it is possible to determine the potential candidates’ time zones.
To provide a "level playing field", the Nominations Committee will publish standardised information on all candidates on the election webpage. This information will also be available via the voting platform.
That said, CIVICUS does not stop candidates from reaching out directly to their networks within the voting membership to ask for support. Members may also interact via the Mango platform, which is open to all verified Voting Members. However, CIVICUS is against aggressive campaigns that include the use of intrusive tactics.
CIVICUS will not share the current members list with candidates due to privacy concerns. The two main reasons for not publishing the CIVICUS member list on our website are interlinked. The first is that 71% of CIVICUS members live in civic spaces which are obstructed, repressed, or closed, and published association with CIVICUS is a potential threat to them.
The second reason is that CIVICUS is bound by data privacy laws such as the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act in South Africa and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the United Kingdom. The larger implication of these laws is that CIVICUS is legally not permitted to share members’ personal details without their permission. CIVICUS asks members when they sign up if they are happy to share their details. Just about 25% of the Voting Members have agreed to share their information publicly. However, CIVICUS is also aware that some members who agree, may in fact change their minds over time but fail to communicate this. CIVICUS chooses to err on the side of caution by trying as much as possible to keep members' personal information private.
Yes, CIVICUS uses election platforms that allow for the auditing of voting and election outcomes. Currently, CIVICUS uses either a voting platform available via the Mango App or Helios.
FAIR SHARE of women leaders is a global initiative launched in 2018. It calls on civil society organisations to secure a FAIR SHARE of women leaders in senior management and boards. It is motivated by the analysis that although women make up nearly 70% of the civil society workforce, they hold less than 30% of the top leadership positions. The lack of diverse voices in decision making ultimately undermines the impact that civil society has towards achieving gender equality and restricts the ability to safeguard workers and beneficiaries from sexual or power abuse.
The Fair Share commitment requires organisations to ensure that by 2030 or earlier, the percentage of women leaders (senior executives and Board members) is on par with the proportion of women staff across the organisation. Participating organisations accordingly submit a Fair Share report each year, indicating the status of women staff across the organisation and how this compares with the percentage of women in leadership positions.
CIVICUS signed up for the Fair Share commitment in March 2019 and has consistently upheld its Fair Share commitment. In this context, the Nominations Committee would like to ensure the number of women on the CIVICUS Board matches the number of women staff in the organisation. Currently, 77% of CIVICUS staff are women, which implies that at least 10 of the 13 Board members should be women.