Oshede's Mission Statement & Constitution

ADOPTED ON: 13th January 2020


  1. The name of the Non-profit shall be Oshede Ltd (Hereafter 'Oshede')

  2. Aims

  3. The aims of Oshede shall be to empower & support young people in developing regions of the world with assistance towards paying for post-secondary education or towards developing a sustainable income via a small business/ micro-enterprise.

  4. Powers

  5. In order to achieve its aims Oshede may:
    (a). Raise money
    (b). Open bank accounts
    (c). Take out insurance
    (d). Employ part-time staff (and where necessary full-time staff).
    (e). Acquire and manage buildings
    (f). Organise courses and events & invite speakers to speak at our events
    (g). Host events for other groups/ individuals
    (h). Offer a co-working space to support our work
    (i). Organise trips to the regions in which we work
    (j). Work with other groups and exchange information
    (k). Reinvest or give away at least half our profits or surpluses towards our social purpose(s)
    (l) Lobby individuals, organisations, institutions and governments on matters of policy, philanthropy, fundraising, development, good governance, anti-corruption, poverty-eradication, public relations and other issues, when required, or if deemed necessary.
    (m). Do anything that is lawful which will help Oshede to fulfil its aims

  6. Membership

  7. (a)Membership of Oshede shall be open to any person over 18 or any organisation who is interested in helping Oshede to achieve its aims, willing to abide by the rules of Oshede and willing to pay any subscription agreed by the Management Committee.
    (b) Membership shall be available to anyone without regard to gender, race, nationality, disability, sexual preference, religion or belief.
    (c) Every individual member and each organisation shall have one vote at General Meetings.
    (d) The membership of any member may be terminated for good reason by the Management Committee but the member has a right to be heard by the Management Committee before a final decision is made.
    (e) Each member organisation shall appoint a representative to attend meetings of Oshede and notify Oshede’s Secretary of that person’s name.

  8. Management

  9. (a) Oshede shall be administered by a Management Committee of the Officers and not more than 2 other members elected at Oshede`s Annual General Meeting(AGM).
    (b) The Officers of the Management Committee shall be: the Chairperson, the Treasurer and the Secretary.
    (c) The Management Committee shall meet at least 2 times a year.
    (d) The Chairperson shall Chair all meetings of Oshede.
    (e) The quorum for Management Committee meetings shall be 5 members.
    (f) Voting at Management Committee meetings shall be by show of hands. If there is a tied vote then the Chairperson shall have a second vote.
    (g) The Management Committee may by a two-thirds majority vote and for a good and proper reason remove any Committee member, provided that person has the right to be heard before a final decision is made.
    (h) The Management Committee may appoint another member of the Oshede as a Committee member to fill a vacancy provided the maximum number is not exceeded

  10. Duties of the Officers

  11. (a) The duties of the Chairperson are to:• chair meetings of the Committee and Oshede• represent Oshede at functions/meetings that Oshede has been invited to• act as spokesperson for Oshede when necessary.
    (b) The duties of the Secretary are to:• take and keep minutes of meetings• prepare the agenda for meetings of the Committee and Oshede in consultation with the Chairperson• maintain the membership list• deal with correspondence• collect and circulate any relevant information within Oshede
    (c) The duties of the Treasurer are to:• supervise the financial affairs of Oshede• keep proper accounts that show all monies collected and paid out by Oshede

  12. Finances

  13. (a) Any money obtained by Oshede shall be used only for Oshede.
    (b) Any bank accounts opened for Oshede shall be in the name of Oshede.
    (c) Any funds over £5,000 transferred to a single recipient shall be approved by the Treasurer and one other nominated official.
    (d) Any member may inspect Oshede's annual reports, spending and financial statements, if they so wish.
    (e)Any member who wishes to inspect the annual reports, spending or financial statements must give at least a 2 weeks notice, after which they will be invited to Oshede's office to inspect the annual reports/ financial statements.

  14. Annual General Meeting

  15. (a)Oshede shall hold an Annual General Meeting (A.G.M.) in the months of either June or October.
    (b) All members shall be given at least 30 days’ notice of the A.G.M. and shall be entitled to attend and vote.
    The quorum for an AGM shall be 5 members.
    (c) The business of the A.G.M. shall include:
    (i) receiving a report from the Chairperson on Oshede's activities over the year.
    (ii) Receiving a report including a statement of audited accounts from the Treasurer on the finances of Oshede.
    (iii) electing a new Management Committee, and
    (iv) considering any other matter as may be decided.

    Special General Meeting

  16. A Special General Meeting may be called by the Management Committee or by any two-thirds membership to discuss an urgent matter. The Secretary shall give all members 30 days’ notice of any Special General Meeting together with notice of the business to be discussed. All members shall be entitled to attend and vote. Alternatively, members can select a proxy to attend and vote on their behalf.
  17. Alterations to the Constitution

  18. Any changes to this Constitution must be agreed by at least two-thirds of those members present and voting at any General Meeting.
  19. Dissolution

  20. In addition to the stipulations of the directors constitution, which forms part of this mission statement, Oshede may be wound up at any time if agreed by two-thirds of those members present and voting at any General Meeting, and in the absence of a veto by the Chairman. In the event of winding up, any assets remaining after all debts have been paid shall be given to another non-profit/ charity with similar aims.

  21. This constitution was adopted at a general meeting of Oshede held on 13th January 2020