As a stakeholder in the social and solidarity economy, GRET sets itself standards in terms of transparency and internal democracy. Its orientations are defined by the General Assembly, which takes place twice a year. GRET’s membership in its countries of operation and permanent representation is increasing on a yearly basis. In 2015, 165 people of 12 different nationalities were members of GRET: Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, France, Haiti, Madagascar, Mauritania, Myanmar, Niger, Senegal, and Vietnam.
The Management Board, of which the chairperson is elected for a renewable three year mandate, is made up of staff representatives and development experts. GRET works under the operational responsibility of a Managing Director, elected for a three-year mandate that can be renewed once. In 2016, Pierre Jacquemot was chairperson. Olivier Bruyeron was re-elected for a second three-year mandate. Daniel Henrys and Iharizaka Rahaingoson joined the man- Membership of the Management Board agement board as external administrators. Pascale Le Roy and Tahirou Traoré were elected for a fi rst mandate as elected staff representative administrators.In some of its representation countries, GRET benefits from the support of a Strategic Committee. In Haiti for example, the Strategic Committee is made up of former GRET representatives and managers, academics, strategic partners and advisers with whom it has developed close links down through the years.
Composition of the Board of Directors
Under the chairmanship of Pierre Jacquemot, a former French ambassador to three African countries, the board members are:
- Outside members: Thierry Matthieussent (GRET’s treasurer, retiree, former head of mission with the AFD), Xavier Benoist (deputy managing director of the Pact-Farim Federation), Jacques Lejeune (retiree, former director of hospitality and tourism companies), Cécile Sportis (director of CS Consulting), Serge Michailof (associate researcher at IRIS), Daniel Henrys (independent public health, community health and community development consultant in Haiti) and Iharizaka Rahaingoson (company manager in the IT sector and the production of print and electronic books).
- Members chosen by and representing the employees: Pascale Le Roy, Damien Lagandré and Tahirou Traoré.
- Observers: Anne Bauer, Alain Billan, Benoît de Juvigny, Virginie Rachmuhl and Henri Rouillé d’Orfeuil.
Participation in the Governance of Partner Structures
GRET staff also contribute to the governance of partner structures:
- Director of NGO groups and networks: Coalition eau, Groupe initiatives, A2DM, Cerise, CFSI, Cicle.
- Member or shareholder in companies in the social and solidarity economy whose values GRET shares and whose development it wants to see become reality: Nutri’zaza in Madagascar, Isea in Cambodia.
A word from Daniel Henrys, new Gret administrator in 2016
Daniel Henrys, GRET’s first representative in Haiti, served as minister of Public Health in the country in the early 1990s.
“GRET is an organisation that makes proposals enabling the situation of communities to be improved, but it also serves as an interface between communities on the ground and State organisations. I would like GRET to continue increasing its presence internationally, to grow further by expanding its activities – especially its reflections and support for the development of public policies – in the countries where it is already working, as well as in new fields. Because there is still much to do, especially in the area of health.”