ORGANS & STRUCTURES
The General Assembly
comprising of all the subscribing members as the supreme decision making body.
The Standing Committees
which is the policy making organ of the Network with responsibility for overseeing the day-to-day programmes of the organization.
The Standing Committees
that coordinate the implementation of LVRLAC's operations based on the organizations strategic plan.
The Regional Secretariat
supported by three country based sub-secretariats is the management arm of the Network. The Regional Secretariat is headed by a Secretary General supported by 3 Deputies resident in each of the three member countries.
The Core planning Team
is an adhoc committee made up of 12 technical officials from the membership to provide technical backstopping to the regional and country secretariats.
The Project Steering Committee
comprising of the chairman of the Executive Committee and his 2 Vice chairpersons, the Secretary General and his 3 Deputies, and a women's representative was established within the framework of the LVRLAC-Sida partnership to provide- guidance and oversight in the implementation of the Sida projects.
The Executive Committee
The Membership of the Executive Committee
The Executive Committee is the policy making organ of the Network and comprises of the Chairperson, two vice chairpersons, the Secretary General, Treasurer, five elected Committee members and three Co-opted members whose professional expertise is necessary for the advancement of the work of the Network. The Chairperson and members of the Executive Committee serve for a two year term, except that the office of the Chairperson is held on a rotational basis amongst the member countries apart from where the General Assembly by a majority vote resolves otherwise.
Meetings of the Executive Committee
The Executive Committee meets twice in each year. Special meetings of the Committee are held whenever the members deem it necessary to make resolutions on matters within the Committee's jurisdiction. The resolutions of the Executive Committee are binding provided they are passed by two thirds of the members in respect of matters appearing on the agenda and there is representation of each member state at a meeting at which such resolution is reached. The Chairperson and members of the Executive Committee are entitled to one vote each for any resolution during meetings.
Functions of the Executive Committee
The Executive Committee makes policies for the proper governance and management of the affairs of the Network. It implements the resolutions and manages all the activities and affairs of the Network. The Executive Committee coordinates inter-member Local Government Council Cooperation and reviews suggestions and proposals from member Local Government Councils and standing committees of the Association. The Committee exercises oversight and supervisory functions of the Network, including appointment and management of financial matters, safe custody of the Seal and preparation of the working reports and Annual General Meetings of the Association.
LVRLAC presently has five standing committees that support the Executive Committee. These include:
- Water, Fisheries, and Environmental Committee;
- Production and Economic Development Committee;
- Social Services Committee,
- Gender, Youth and Children's Committee; and
- Finance and Administration Committee
Membership of the Standing Committees
Each of the Committees is constituted by a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 7 members with at least one representative from each country and two women members. Each committee has two executive members one of whom serves as the Chair. The Secretary to each committee is nominated by the Secretary General from the Secretariat Staff and serves as an ex-official member of the Committee.The Chairperson and members of the standing committees serve for a for a period not exceeding two years and may be reappointed by the General Assembly.
Functions of the Standing Committees
The functions of each Standing committee are as outlined below: Water, Fisheries, and Environmental Committee the status of the water, fisheries and environmental resources within the Lake Basin and recommend actions and strategies for their protection and sustainable utilization. Spearheads and oversees the collection and management of data related to water, fisheries and environmental resources within the region. Proposes, oversees and guides LVRLAC's programmes and activities in the water, fisheries and environmental sectors and report to the Executive Committee. Mobilizes resources to support actions and interventions geared at promoting the sustainable utilization of the water, fisheries and environmental resources in the region
Production and Economic Development Committee
Spearheads the collection and dissemination of relevant data on the economic status of communities within the Lake Victoria region Identifies and leverages in LVRLAC's favour initiatives by government and other actors geared at promoting the economic status of communities in the Lake Victoria region. Mobilizes resources to promote LVRLAC's interventions geared at promoting local productivity and the economic advancement of communities in the Lake Victoria region. Ensures that the production and economic activities and initiatives within the region are undertaken in a manner consistent with sound environment management standards
Spearheads the collection and dissemination of relevant data on the status of basic social services (health, education, social protection) in the local Victoria region. Proposes strategies and policy actions for improving access to quality social services by communities within the Lake Victoria Basin Proposes, oversees, and mobilizes resources to support LVRLAC programmes and activities geared at promoting improved access to basic social services within the region. Identifies situations of extreme social vulnerability within the region and mobilizes responsive actions by LVRLAC members and other relevant actor Gender, Youth and Children's Committee
Spearheads the collection and dissemination of data on the status of women, youth and children within the region Reviews and promotes the adoption of local level policies geared at mainstreaming and promoting gender equity as well as advancing the rights of women, youth, children and other vulnerable groups. Oversees and guides LVRLAC programmes and interventions for women, youth and children and support resource mobilization efforts for such initiatives.
Finance and Administration Committee
Spearheads and oversee the overall resource mobilization efforts to support the activities and operations of LVRLAC. Reviews and recommends appropriate financial and administrative policies, guidelines and procedures for the operations of LVRLAC and monitors and reports on compliance with approved finance and administration standards. Reviews and recommends for adoption operational and programme budgets of LVRLAC as well as oversee the financial performance of the organisation. Monitors and guides the human recourse management strategy and policies of LVRLAC. Supervise audits and proposes appropriate actions to redress any issues that might arise from audit processes.