Strategic Plan (2018-2020)

The SHEP Management Committee have recently adopted a new three year Strategic Plan (2018-2020). This is an organisation-wide plan and includes strategy statements, objectives and proposed actions for all ten key areas of work in SHEP, including International Learning Partnership.

Governance Structures

SHEP is governed by a Management Committee and Board of Directors. An International Partnership Advisory Group advises the Board of Directors. We are registered with The Charities Regulatory Authority. SHEP complies with the Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations.

Legislation & Standards of Good Practice

We comply with:

CGAI Irish Development NGOs Code of Corporate Governance

Code of Conduct on Images and Messaging

Irish Charities Tax Reform Group (ICTR) standard and guiding principles for fundraising and complaints procedure

SHEP has signed up to and/or complies with the following codes and guidelines:

Guidelines for Charitable Organisations on Fundraising from the Public

SORP (Statement of Recommended Practice) for accounting and reporting practice

Charities Act 2009

The Good Fundraising Guide

Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003

Donor Charter

SHEP’s commitment to proper procedures and accountability around fundraising is set out in our OR011 SHEP Donor Charter (2017).


SHEP has a responsibility to ensure full transparency and accountability for all funds for our projects, in including our international partnership programme. We produce SORP compliant Annual Audited Accounts each year, which we publish on our website.

Financial Policies, Systems & Risk Mitigation

SHEP has a wide range of financial policies including risk mitigation. Our financial policies are presented in CG002 SHEP Financial Policies & Procedures (2017)

Our risk policy is set out in OR009 SHEP Risk Management Policy & Strategy.