FAQs on membership

This page answers members and those thinking of joining GNDR some of the most frequently asked questions about GNDR Membership. The answers below are based on the latest version of the GNDR Governance Manual (v.C January 30th 2015). The questions are grouped into four categories: GNDR membership, full members, associate members and honorary members. If you cannot find an aswer to a question about membership, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will be very happy to help you!


About GNDR Membership


Who are the members of GNDR?

The GNDR network is an association of civil society organisations with more than 800 member organisations active in over 125 countries around the world. The member organisations are international, national and local NGOs; community-based organisations; civil society alliances and networks; faith-based groups, academic institutions and individuals. This diverse and geographically spread membership work on their own, as individual organisations, but also collaborates with other members on issues of disaster risk reduction, sustainable development and climate change, among others.

How many types of membership are there?

There are currently three types of membership: Full Members; Associate members; Honorary members (by nomination only).

What are the main differences between full and associate members?

Full members need to be part of civil society. They enjoy a full range of benefits and entitlements (see below).

Where is the members-only section of the website?

There is no such section. All the resources available to full members are publicly available, until further notice.


Full members


What organisations are welcome to register as GNDR members?

GNDR welcomes all civil society organisations (CSOs) and their affiliated individuals with an interest in building resilience and reducing disaster risk.

Who is the member: the organisation or the individual?

Both. GNDR registration system requires an individual to register. This person can register either on behalf of the entire organisation, or as a person with an interest in be part of GNDR. At present, for instance, there are about 1300 individuals registered compared to a membership of 800 member organisations.

Are there different registration criteria for individuals compared to organisations?

No. The criteria are the same for both the organisation and the individual who submits the registration:

Someone in my organisation is already registered. Can I also register?

Yes. Member organisations can have more than one individual registered. With the exception of voting and nominations for national or regional governance structures, all registered individuals in the organisation will be entitled to the same benefits of full members such as receive and send communications, apply and participate in network activities, receive support from the Secretariat, etc.

Who has the right to vote in my organisation?

When there are more than one individual registered within the same organisation, the organisation is responsible for communicating to the Secretariat what individual member will bear the right to vote. Failure to do so may result in exclusion of voting lists or votes not computed. The Secretariat will contact in advance to all registered members of those organisations to ensure that they are aware that there is more than one registered member in their organisation. All of the above also applies to the right of representation in national or regional governance structures.

How can I register?

The easiest way is to complete an online application form available in the GNDR website. For those who experience problems to register online, there is a Word form available that we can send by email. Postal application is also allowed.

How much does registration cost?

Nothing. Registration is free and there are no membership or subscription fees at present.

How can I ensure my registration is successful?
  • Step 1: You complete in full the online application form
  • Step 2: You validate your email address by clicking the relevant link on the email you receive after completing the online application
  • Step 3: You wait for an email confirming manual approval by GNDR Secretariat.
  • Step 4: You log in to complete your online member profile
Why keeping your profile updated is important?

A successful network needs to know the strengths and weaknesses of their members so we can make the most or our collective strengths and work together to eliminate/reduce our weaknesses. Members are therefore responsible for keeping their individual and organisation details accurate and updated so we know that we can count on you and what for. Also, our listservs, mailing system and social media channels use your profile details to get in contact with you or to participate in joint campaigns and communication activities. Finally, members who cannot demonstrate that they are still part of civil society and eligible for full membership, or who do not provide full, accurate and updated profile details will not be able to apply to participate in meetings, workshops, events (e.g. Global Summit), joint activities, or receive funds for projects (e.g. Frontline). If your profile is not complete and up to date, you may even lose your right to vote or be elected for national or regional governance positions.

Is membership valid for ever?

Member organisations or individuals may be expelled from GNDR if they are considered to have acted against the best interests of the GNDR membership and/or have violated the core values as articulated in this governance manual. Membership can be lost if the member fails to keep their profile and contact details updated. On the other hand, members who do not wish remain in GNDR can cancel their membership by writing to the Secretariat.

Responsibilities of Full Members

All GNDR members are expected to

  • respect GNDR core values;
  • contribute to GNDR objectives and be part of GNDR activities [see GNDR Strategy];
  • bring common concerns and issues, in particular those related to the needs of vulnerable people and local actors, to the attention of the Global Board and / or Secretariat;
  • participate with views and provide inputs, including full organisation details and keeping an updated profile and contact details;
  • provide in-kind support and/or voluntary financial contributions to GNDR activities and work plans;
  • promote GNDR and its activities as opportunities arise;
  • Attend GNDR discussions, meetings and events at national, regional and international level.
What are the main benefits of full membership?

The following are the main rights and entitlements reserved to full member organisations:

  • the right to vote and be voted in elections (only one vote or candidature per organisation);
  • the right to be part of the network’s governance structures and decision-making processes;
  • join closed discussion and learning groups;
  • receive funding or co-funding and/or an invitation to attend international workshops, seminars, meetings and learning events;
  • join in funding proposals;
  • receive support for organisational capacity building activities;
  • participate in joint advocacy or strategic activities;
  • participate in funded programmes (e.g. Frontline, Views from the Frontline);
  • receive messages & communications on opportunities such as funding, jobs, etc.;
  • an invitation to participate in global events e.g. the GNDR Biennial Global Summit;
  • support in registering for participation in intergovernmental DRR conferences at global and regional levels;
  • support in profile raising of organisations;
  • enjoy additional support from the Secretariat.


Associate Members


My organisation is not part of civil society. Can I still join GNDR?

Yes, you can register here as an Associate member. Associate membership is open to non-civil society organisations and individuals with an interest in issues of disaster risk management, resilience and sustainable development.

What is the status of Associate members?

Associate members have “observer “status with respect to GNDR management and governance. Associates have no voting rights and cannot be elected to any position. The role of associate members is to add to the debate and extend the dissemination and influence of GNDR messages and objectives.

Benefits of Associate members
  • Inclusion on the GNDR electronic mailing lists;
  • Access to their online data profile through the GNDR website;
  • Invitation to “observer status” at GNDR Global Summits. Limits to numbers of observers may be applied;
  • Support in registering to participation in relevant DRR conferences and events at regional and global levels.
I am part of a university: why cannot I be a full member?

In general, universities are not considered part of civil society because of the way they are established and financed, and the specifics of their governance structures. Individuals affiliated to universities such as lecturers, professors, students, researchers, etc. can join GNDR as Associate Members. There may be specific reasons, however, where individuals may be entitled to full membership and these will be treated on a case by case basis.

I am an independent consultant working in DRR. Can I still be part of your network?

Yes. Independent consultants and private practitioners can register as Associate Members. When completing the registration form, you simply need to ensure you apply for Associate Membership and enter "Independent consultant" or "Private practitioner" in the box for "Organisation" name.


Honorary members


Honorary membership may be awarded to individuals who are prepared to serve as “patrons” and goodwill ambassadors for GNDR. These will be individuals who have demonstrated an exceptional contribution to the work of GNDR and/or assisting vulnerable communities and championing disaster risk reduction issues. Honorary members can be nominated at any time by full members of GNDR.

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