Welcome to Baobab

The hub for the exchange of knowledge and expertise on effective leadership and governance of international civil society organisations.

Our focus is on the practical leadership and governance issues faced by busy leaders in international civil society organisations working on the major global social issues of our time – global poverty, social exclusion, humanitarian disasters, environment, human rights, etc. We seek out resources from a wide range of sources around the world, and select those that we feel provide concise and practical ideas and insights.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS SITE IS NO LONGER BEING ACTIVELY MAINTAINED AND UPDATED (since January 2017). You are welcome to use the resources available on this website.

The remaining services available on this site are:

  • KNOWLEDGE HUB: Easy access to articles, tools, case studies, resources and links on current leadership challenges facing the sector
  • SECTOR REPORTS: Analyses of trends in the sector, to help inform leadership decisions


Baobab was established by a small group of people with recent experience in senior leadership roles in the sector, who are passionate about finding solutions to the distinctive challenges faced by the growth in scale and complexity of international civil society organisations.  For more details, see About Us