GESCI is legally registered in the Republic of Kenya as a non-profit making body and non -Governmental Organization under section 10 of the NGO Coordination Act. In 2011, GESCI (signed an Host Country Agreement with the Government of Kenya to establish its headquarters in Kenya. GESCI and its international staff enjoy some privileges and immunities normally accorded to Diplomatic Missions as specified in the Privileges and Immunities Act under Kenya Gazette supplement no.139 of 18th October 2011.
GESCI’s formal governance structure is composed of Members and Directors. These Members and Directors are advised by a number of committees.
As a non-profit, non-governmental organisation, GESCI’s trustees are called Members and are the subscribers to the organisation’s constitution. The Members are largely representative of GESCI stakeholders including
- developing country governments
- development agencies
- civil society
- private sector
The Members appoint a Board of Directors, broadly representative of GESCI’s stakeholders, who manage the day to day business of the organisation. The Board appoints the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who is an ex-officio member of the Board and holds the role of Secretary to the Board. The CEO is assisted by a senior management team.
Advisory bodies or councils have no executive or decision making powers but exist to advise and assist the Board and GESCI in relation to the strategy, policies and objectives of GESCI.
The Board of Directors reports to the Members (and usually the Donors and other Partners) at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The AGM enables all stakeholders to have a full discussion on the objectives and activities of the organisation.