Governance Overview

On 7th November, 2018 the Charities Regulator launched the Charities Governance Code. This code sets the minimum standards, which everyone on the board of a registered charity, should ensure their charity meets in order to effectively manage and control their organisations.

It consists of six principles of governance.

These are:
1. advancing charitable purpose
2. behaving with integrity
3. leading people
4. exercising control
5. working effectively
6. being accountable and transparent

The Code sets out the 32 core standards that all charities should meet when putting the principles into action. It also contains 17 additional standards that reflect best practice for charities with high levels of income and/or complex organisational and funding structures and/or significant numbers of employees.

i4Life is committed to implementing the code. The following is our timeline, 2019 was a year of learning and preparation 2020 i4Life will comply with the code 2021 i4Life will report to The Charities Regulator on our compliance with the Code This code will help i4Life meet our legal obligations under the Charities Act 2009.

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i4Life is committed to safeguarding children and other vulnerable groups within our programs from exploitation and abuse and has specific policies on our commitment which outlines the expected behaviour and the responsibility of all volunteers in Ireland and Zambia.

All i4Life volunteers are expected to sign a service agreement policy and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents. Specific roles within i4Life organisation require garda/police vetting. We work only with partners who share our focus on human rights and child safeguarding

The safety and wellbeing of the communities, staff, partners, volunteers and people we work with is our priority. The communities i4Life operate within need to know they can trust i4Life to uphold the highest standards and donors and partners need to know that i4Life upholds the highest governance standards of financial accountability.

Why Governance & Sustainability?

  • A well governed NGO is an effective organisation

  • Strong and stable

  • Sustainable

  • Compliance with regulatory bodies such as the Charity Regulatory Authority ,Company

  • Registration office

  • Good financial accounting, budgeting and auditing systems

  • Good decision making, planning and monitoring and evaluation systems

  • Social accountability with partners and stakeholders