CIVICUS Board Elections 2019

June 2019 will mark the end of the current term for some of CIVICUS’s Board members, and the election process for the new board members is now officially open. This represents a key opportunity for CIVICUS members and partners to take part in the governance of the alliance and overseeing the implementation of our Strategic Priorities (2017-2022).

We are searching for up to 8 committed, diverse and passionate civil society leaders who will join our current board members in helping to steer and govern the CIVICUS Alliance from July 2019 to December 2020.

You can nominate yourself or another voting member here.

As per the decision taken by the CIVICUS Board in 2015 a staggered rotational board election system was introduced so that half of the Board of Directors’ positions would be up for election every 18 months. Each board member serves a three-year term, limited to two consecutive terms. This staggered rotation ensures continuity on the board and in our decision-making processes.

Criteria for Board Nominations

In order to stand for election you must be a CIVICUS organisational or individual voting member. 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:

  • An 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 team work, enthusiasm, innovation and candidness
  • Support to advancing the learning and achievements of the alliance through critical insights and judgements

Details on the legal duties of CIVICUS Board members can be found here.

If you are not currently a CIVICUS voting member you will need to be verified by 4 March 2019, or you would no longer be eligible to stand for election and would not be able to be selected for the ballot paper. Please see the following section for further details on how to become a voting member, and don’t hesitate to contact us at if you have any queries.

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:

  1. Fill in the Online Form
  2. 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.
  3. Pay the voting membership fee. Please note- if you are an individual, or if your organisation has an annual income of under $80k, then this fee is optional
  4. Further detailed information can be found on our website, or please don’t hesitate to contact the membership team at .

Election Timeline

4 February - 4 March

Call for nominations is open. To be eligible to nominate someone or be nominated as a candidate you or your organisation must be a current CIVICUS voting member.

4 February - 4 March

4 - 17 March

Pre-selection of candidates by nominations committee. The nominations committee is comprised of 3 outgoing board members and an external member.

18 March - 8 April

Election process will open, voting members will select candidates from the list prepared by the nominations committee.

18 March - 8 April

10 April

New CIVICUS Board members announced at International Civil Society Week in Serbia.