A partner for sustainable urban development

Structure, Governance and Accountability

LEGAL REGISTRATION

In each country the local DW organisation is established as a non-profit organisation. However, due to the different legal frameworks in each country, different types of legal entities were used to register the DW organisations:

CountryType of entityBoard type
Association (‘Verein’)Directors (‘Vorstandsmitlieder)
TrustTrustees
Company Limited by GuaranteeDirectors
TrustTrustees

The statutes of DW Switzerland can be provided upon request.

The deeds of trust for DW-Namibia and DW-Zambia, and the constitution of DW-Zambia can be provided upon request.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES / DIRECTORS

Each DW has a Board of Trustees or a Board of Directors. The main tasks of the Board, amongst others, includes:

  • Providing guidance and support on strategy and operational growth
  • Ensuring financial controls are implemented, approving annual budgets and ensuring external audits are performed annually
  • Ensure governance implemented in all areas of the NGO
To ensure sharing and transparency of operational experience and to ensure that the same standards of overseeing, control and support are applied to all organisations, two specific individuals, who have the relevant experience and expertise, are on the Boards of each of the four DW organisations.

The two individuals are:

  1. Mr. Allan Cain: One of the Founding Members of Development Workshop in 1975 and the Director of DW-Angola.
  2. Dr. Chris Brown: Chairperson of the board of trustees of DW-Namibia, and CEO of the Namibian Chamber of Environment (NCE).
NamibiaZambiaZimbabweSwitzerland
Mr. Allan Cain*
Dr. Chris Brown (C)
Ms. Cheryl Emvula
Ms. Lavinha Shikongo
Dr. John Mendelsohn
Mr. Ted Rud
Ms. Emely Tjombumbi
Mr. Herman Strydom***
Dr. Beat Weber**
Mr. Allan Cain*
Dr. Chris Brown (C)****
Mr. Patrick Kampangele
Mr. McDonald Chipenzi
Dr. Beat Weber**
Mr. Allan Cain*
Dr. Chris Brown(C)****
Ms. Roswitta Gatsi
Dr. Beat Weber**
Mr. Allan Cain*
Dr. Chris Brown (C) ****
Ms. Sónia Godinho*****
Ms. Jessica Brown****
Ms. Ursula Verhein
Dr. Beat Weber**
(C)Chairperson, (VC) Vice Chairperson, * Canadian, ** Swiss, ***South African, ****Namibian, *****Portuguese

Dr. Beat Weber founded DW-Namibia in 2016 and as Executive Director of DW Namibia is leading the growth and development of the newly established organisations in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Switzerland. Dr. Weber also serves as an executive member on the boards of all four organisations.

Development Workshop - A partner for sustainable urban development
Development Workshop - A partner for sustainable urban development
Development Workshop - A partner for sustainable urban development

Financial Audits

Each entity is subjected to an annual external audit and Annual Financial Statements are prepared by a firm of local reputable auditors who are appointed by the respective entities Boards. Annual audited financial statements can be provided on request.

The current appointed auditors are:

DW Sanitation

Wright Registered Accountants and Auditors
Erf 1181, Kreuzberg Street,
Eros, Windhoek
P. O. Box 80908
Olympia, Windhoek

DW Housing

OBT AG
Fischmarktplatz 9
8640 Rapperswil SG

DW Children
To be appointed
DW Children
To be appointed