Localisation is broader than funding and linked to issues like ownership, commitment, engagement with local actors, national governments, and communities in need. Both humanitarian and development sectors need to do more than commit to local actors and begin to enact the realization of local actors and communities taking ownership of activities whilst other actors support the process.
An alternative model of making aid more effective requires:
At NEAR, our reputation as a voice for local actors has made us an ideal partner for local NGOs since our launch at the May 2016 World Humanitarian Summit. We have developed an audience that has finally begun to listen to the local voice. Now its time to join forces to ensure a critical mass to transform the aid system.
Your organization will be part of a diverse membership drawn from the global south. Together our combined knowledge and experience will have a real impact in closing the gap between the aid system and the communities it aims to serve.
Your organization will gain unparalleled access and influence locally, nationally, and internationally with policymakers and other stakeholders where NEAR is recognized as a credible voice for local actors.
Your organization will have a seat at the table where policies that become accepted guidelines for the humanitarian sector through NEAR’s recognition as a Grand Bargain signatory.
Your organization will have access to NEAR’s learning platform, tools, and information specifically designed to help make local organizations more sustainable.
Our membership program combines the benefits of peer group learning, one-to-one mentoring and focused learning event, to help your organization reach peak performance where its people are powered by a shared understanding of their challenges and access to the knowledge and tools they need to meet them.
The network will help facilitate access to innovative and alternative financing solutions for local NGOs based in the Global South.
Local and national Not-for Profit Organizations in the Global South, including coalitions, networks, and individual organisations.
Currently there are no fees. A membership fee structure will be developed during the first Annual General Assembly based on consensus.
|Have full voting rights and are vested with the collective power to promulgate rules, policies and objectives|
|Nominate and elect others and be nominated to the LC|
|Entitled to attend the General Assembly|
|Participate in NEAR activities and help drive advocacy priorities and policies through participation in the networks working groups and various local, regional and international advocacy fora|
|Entitled to use of the NEAR designation “Member” and NEAR logo, to enhance their profile in the humanitarian and development sector|
|Access to all the support and resources that NEAR provides, including its online learning platform, reports and newsletter|
Any organization which fully meets NEAR definition of NEAR local organization; committed to changing the humanitarian/development aid architecture that NEAR is advocating; and committed to the mission, vision and values of the network
Any organisation meeting the NEAR definition of local organization BUT is unable to meet the full membership due diligence process. The organization may apply for Full Membership prior to NEAR bi-annual General Assembly for approval
Diaspora organizations, who do not fully meet the definition of NEAR local organization, are rooted in their communities of origin BUT are founded and headquartered in an OECD-DAC member country
Any organization, network, and movement of change which does not fit the NEAR definition of a â€œlocal organizationâ€?: who support the mission and vision of NEAR; publicly demonstrate its commitment to the network; maintains a close contact with NEAR and supports the network's activities at the local, regional and international level.