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, email us at the Secretariat. 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 1,000 member organisations active in over 100 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, individuals interested in DRR and many otherse. 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.
How many types of membership are there?
There are currently three types of membership: Full Members; Affiliate Members and Associate members.
What are the main differences between full and associate members?
Full members need to be active organisations that are part of civil society. Affiliate members are individuals directly linked to a Full member organsiation and they enjoy a full range of benefits and entitlements (see below). Associate members are individuals who are not affiliated to a Full member organisation.
Where is the members-only section of the website?
There is no such section in this website. All contents in this website are publicly available. However, GNDR members have exclusive access to many resources and opportunities by login into the GNDR's Community Platform.
What organisations are welcome to register as GNDR members?
GNDR welcomes all forms of 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. Organisations can apply to become Full Members. Once a Full Member has been approved, all the individuals directly linked to a Full Member can register as Affiliate Members.
Are there different registration criteria for individuals compared to organisations?
Yes. The requirements for organisations are:
- To be part of civil society (list of civil society types);
- To be a genuine and active organisation;
- To share GNDR's core values;
- To complete in full an application form and submit the mandatory documentation to allow us to assess that the organisation qualifies for GNDR membership.
Individuals (Affiliate members and Associate members) are only required points 3 to 5 from the list above.
Someone in my organisation is already registered. Can I also register?
Yes. All individuals linked directly to a Full Member organisation can register as Affiliate Members. With the exception of voting, all registered Affiliates in the organisation are entitled to the same benefits of the Full Membership.
Who has the right to vote in my organisation?
When there is more than one Affiliate member registered within the same Full Member organisation, the organisation is responsible for confirming 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 email in advance to the Contact Person of each Full Member organisation to ensure that they confirm who will be the Affiliate member in their organisation that will cast their vote.
How can I apply to be a member?
The easiest way is to complete the online application form available in the GNDR website. In exceptional circumnstances, for those who experience problems to register online, we can provide a Word form to be completed and submitted by email or postal application.
How much does registration cost?
Nothing. Registration is free and there are no membership or subscription fees at present.
How can I ensure my application is received?
When you complete and submit in full and submit the online application form you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive this email, it is possible that you may have entered the wrong email address in the online form, or that the email address is sending our emails to the spam folder. If you entered the correct email address, we will process your application and let you know if any information/documenatation is missing, and we will give you instructions on how to provide that. Once your membership is apporved, you will receive a confirmation email, followed by an invitation to join the Community Platform, where you can choose your password.
Why keeping your profile updated is important?
A successful network needs to know the strengths and weaknesses of their members so we can leverage our collective strengths and help each other to build our capacities. Members are therefore responsible for keeping their individual and organisation details accurate and updated. Also, our email lists, 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.
Is membership valid for ever?
Responsibilities of Full Members
Among other responsibilities (see Membership Guidelines), all GNDR members are expected to:
- respect GNDR core values;
- contribute to GNDR objectives and be part of GNDR activities [see GNDR Strategy];
- not endanger the reputation or legitimacy of GNDR;
- provide accurate data about their organsiations and about themselves;
- 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;
- when GNDR has funded the participation of a member in an event, they are expected to participate in full and to attend the entirety of the event;
- promote GNDR and its activities as opportunities arise;
- attend, whenever possible, GNDR discussions, meetings and events at national, regional and international level.
What are the main benefits of full membership?
My organisation is not part of civil society. Can I still join GNDR?
Yes, you can register here as an Associate member. Associate members is open to individuals who are not affiliated to a Full member organisation, 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. 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
Associate Members have a wide but slightly reduced set of benefits, compared to Full Members. While they can participate in full in the Community Platform, Associates cannot vote, be voted, or receive funding from GNDR for events organised by our network.
I am part of a university: why cannot I be a full member?
Although there are exceptions, 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. are most welcomed and encouraged to join GNDR as Associate Members. There may be specific cases, however, where certain universities or organisations within universities 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 application form, you simply need to ensure you answer NO when asked "Are you applying on behalf of a civil society organisation?".
Honorary membership is no longer contemplated in the GNDR Governance Manual or the Membership Guidelines.