How We Are Structured


The Membership of WIEGO (see Who We Are) is central in our governance and accountability structure. Members are entitled to review and comment on WIEGO’s progress reports and financial reports, to attend General Assemblies held every four years, and to elect representatives to a Nominating Committee that prepares the slate of candidates for the Board of Directors, which is selected  at each General Assembly.

WIEGO also involves Members in the design of programmes and activities by inviting them to serve on planning and steering committees, take part in collaborative projects, or in less formal ways. 


A 10-person Board of Directors governs the WIEGO network. From its inception in 1997 until 2007, WIEGO functioned as an unincorporated network with an international Steering Committee. In April 2006, the WIEGO General Assembly ratified a Constitution detailing the roles and responsibilities of the Membership, the Board and Committees, and the key personnel of WIEGO. The Constitution also detailed the composition of the Board, the terms of Board membership, and the nomination process for selecting new Board members.

In July 2007, WIEGO was registered as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee in the UK. The principles enshrined in our Constitution were incorporated into our Articles of Association. See WIEGO Articles of Association. In 2011, WIEGO was granted charity status by the Charities Commission of England and Wales (Registered Charity No. 1143510).


The Management and Finance Committees of the Board oversee the policies, operations, and financial management of WIEGO. Six members of the WIEGO Team – the International Coordinator, Operational Manager, Company Secretary, Global Projects Advisor, Financial Controller, and Secretariat Manager – constitute the Operations Team that manages the operations and finances of WIEGO on a day-to-day basis. 

Activities & Team

WIEGO’s activities are coordinated through a matrix structure. Programmes and projects are on one axis. Research, advocacy, capacity building, and  communication functions on the other axis. We also monitor & evaluate all of our activities and raise funds for them. See What We Do for more information.

Funders and Supporters for 2013-14 

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 

Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW), Government of the Netherlands 

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Government of Canada 

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

International Labour Organization (ILO) 

The Rockefeller Foundation 

Shack/Slum Dwellers International

Solidarity Centre of the American Federation of Labor–Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) 

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) 

Vital Wave