Political or societal entity formed by uniting localized entities: such as a union of organizations.
Find details of various federations in Zambia. These are central organisations for employers governed by a board of directors elected by general members. An organization is comprised of a set of smaller organizations or companies, which seek to bring attention to issues that, are of importance to its members. Each organization that comprises the federation maintains control over its own operations. For example, a group of small businesses in a related industry might form a federation in order to lobby the government for laws favourable to small businesses. The Zambia Federation of Employers a free association of employers is an example of a federation.
National federations are organisations that are made up of smaller groups or parties. They are recognised by international bodies that they fall under as well as the country’s government.
National federations have the same objectives as an international federation, but within the scope of one country. They support local clubs, competitions and associations and are generally responsible for national groups and parties.
Responsibilities of federations
While the model of governance may vary for each group, there are common core roles and functions of governance that need to be considered by every group.
- They are fully responsible and accountable for the overall management, direction, control, regulation, promotion, development and sponsorship of the discipline for which they are recognised by the concerned international federation.
- Making sure the organisation's members are aware of the values, mission and priorities, and that these are not undermined
- Fostering relationships with key stakeholders
- Keeping in touch with local and central bodies, including politicians and MPs
- Monitoring and responding to any potential differences of opinion or causes of conflict e.g. between Government and organisational interests.
- In partnership with management, setting and monitoring the organisation's mission, purpose, direction, priorities and strategies within the boundaries of its constitution and legal obligations.
- Regularly scanning the environment in which the organisation operates to ensure that what it's attempting to achieve remains relevant and achievable
- Specifying key outcomes and ensuring there are adequate resources people and finances to achieve these.
- Monitoring the organisation's programmes and services.
- Actively involving key stakeholders in setting and monitoring the organisation's mission etc, maintaining positive relationships with them and developing policies that best serve their needs
- Appointing and supporting the chief executive, evaluating his/her performance and rewarding or replacing him/her as necessary.
- Being accountable to the organisation's funders and/or owners
- Risk management
- Ensuring the governing body complies with all legal requirements and with the governing body's own policies.
- Influencing decisions and finances
- Reporting, at least annually, to stakeholders
- Setting standards for and evaluating its own governance performance
- Maintaining a governing body succession plan.