Governance and Staff

KARAT is a Coalition of 63 CSOs and 12 individuals from 27 countries (January 2014). The Secretariat of the Coalition is based in Warsaw. KARAT’s main bodies are: the General Assembly, the International Board, the Advisory Body and the Polish (Registered) Board.

The structure of KARAT Coalition:

  • The General Assembly is the supreme body consisting of all members of KARAT Coalition (organizations and individuals from Central & Eastern European and Central Asian countries).
  • The International Board together with the Secretariat shapes the programme and vision of the Coalition. It is the decision-making body of KARAT between the General Assembly meetings. Regular face-to-face meetings as well as ongoing electronic communication allow the Board to fulfill its responsibility for governance of the Coalition. The International Board consists of 7 representatives of the member organizations elected by the members. The Executive Director of KARAT is also a member of the International Board.
  • The Polish Board is responsible for formal representation of KARAT Coalition to Polish authorities. Being an organization registered in Poland, KARAT acts in compliance with Polish law. This includes being supervised by KARAT’s Registered Board (consisting of Polish citizens), the body different from the International Board.
  • The Secretariat is the central administrative unit of KARAT Coalition and it consists of the paid staff as well as volunteers involved in the implementation of the programmes and projects of the Coalition. The Secretariat is directed by the Executive Director. She is responsible for the practical implementation of the decisions of the Boards, which means overseeing implementation of the programmes and projects of the Coalition.
  • The Advisory Body consists of experts providing strategic and content advice to the Coalition at the ad hoc basis. The members of the Advisory Body have been invited to join it due to their expertise and long term involvement in KARAT Coalition’s work.


More information about the structure, mechanisms and functioning of KARAT can be found in the International Statute and Polish Registered Statute.