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Shape the Agenda

Why Join NEAR?


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:

  • Decisions for affected communities are made by local actors at the local, national, regional, and global with support from the international community. ‘Nothing for us without us’
  • Ensuring all local actors have equitable access to resources (financial, knowledge based, etc).

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.

Our members shape the agenda

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.

Our voice is strong and effective

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.

Our network is global

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.

Our services are unique

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. 


  • Opportunities to exchange ideas, expertise, and lessons learned with leaders and staff of other like-minded organizations - both in person and online;
  • A platform to inspire, convene and connect global networks and movements for change;
  • Access to NEAR’s interactive platform and social network, with members discussion groups in a variety of topics, where you and your team can seek practical answers and solutions from peers who have faced similar challenges.

Who Should Join?

Local and national Not-for Profit Organizations in the Global South, including coalitions, networks, and individual organisations.

What are the fees?

Currently there are no fees. A membership fee structure will be developed during the first Annual General Assembly based on consensus.

Summary of Member Benefits

Membership Category Full Observer Associate Signatory
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        

NEAR Members.


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

  • Adeso
  • Kids' Educational Engagement Project (KEEP)
  • Lumanti
  • Wajir South Development Association (WASDA)
  • Basmeh & Zeitooneh
  • Center of Resilience Development (CORD),
  • Community Aid For Relief and Development (CARD)
  • Community Health Care INC
  • Coordination of Afghan Relief
  • Dhaka Community Hospital Trust
  • Focus Nepal
  • Initiative for Peace Communication Association (IPCA)
  • Lumanti Support Group for Shelter
  • Ma’ani Vocational Training
  • Pastoralist Community Initiative and Development Assistance (PACIDA)
  • Puntland Development and Research Center (PDRC)
  • Save Somali Women and Children
  • Social Empowerment Rehabilitation and Development Organization (SERDO)
  • Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society (SEEDS)
  • Youth Net and Counselling (YONECO),
  • Social Empowerment Rehabilitation and Development Organization (SERDO)
  • Support for Life
  • The Health Support Organization (THESO)
  • Care & Assistance for Forced Migrants (CAFOMI),
  • Taakulo Somaliland Community
  • Care and Assistance for Forced Migrants (CAFOMI)
  • Human Rights Awareness & Development Center (HURADEC) Nepal
  • Initiative For Development and Empowerment Axis (IDEA)

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

  •  Basic Health Foundation
  • Caritas India
  • Daytam Research & Consulting Ltd
  • Food for the Hungry
  • FundLife International
  • Himalaya Source development center
  • Hope Worldwide-Pakistan (HOPE)
  • Humanitarian Aid International
  • One World Childrens Fund
  • RISE Beyond
  • Translators without Borders, Kenya
  • University of Udine

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

  • NGO Federal of Nepal
  • Community Initiative Society (CIS)
  • Mudan Youth Network

Any organization, network, and movement of change which does not fit the NEAR definition of a “local organization�: 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.

  • FundLife International
  • Agricultural Dvelopment Organization
  • Always global listening project
  • Community Aid for Women and girls Foundation (CAF)
  • Emergency Pastoralists Assistance Group (EPAG)
  • Indépendant Humanitarian Manager
  • Action 24
  • Adamawa Peace Intiative, American University of Nigeria
  • Aden Center to Raise Awareness of The Risk of Drugs
  • ADS, Acção para Desenvolvimento Social
  • Africa Humanitarian Action
  • Africa Peace Service Corps
  • African Arabian Cooperation Development Organization
  • African Development Trust
  • African Initiatives for Relief and Development (AIRD)
  • Amazing Smile Children
  • AMEL
  • Arid Lands Development Focus Kenya (ALDEF),
  • Assistance Mission of Africa
  • Association des Volontaires pour l'Assistance au Développement en Guinée
  • Giving Back Movement (GEM)/Forum Bangun ACEH (FBA),
  • Human Health Aid
  • Initiative for Peace Communication Association (IPCA)
  • Jindal University
  • Lebanon SupportLutheren World Service India Trust (LWSIT)
  • Ma’ani Vocational Training
  • Malaysian Relief Agency (MRA), Malaysia
  • Marantha Orphans Care Trust
  • Mavi Kalem Social Assistance and Charity Association
  • MIDEFEHOPS, Npmong
  • Mudan Youth Network
  • Nile Hope
  • Nomadic Assistance for Peace and Development
  • Pro-Development Network
  • Public Concern
  • Puntland Development and Research Center (PDRC)
  • Refugee and Asylum Seekers Assistance and Solidarity Association
  • Riamiriam Civil Society Network Karamoja
  • Shaikh Tahir Azawi Charity Organization
  • Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO),
  • Suriyeli Dernekier Platforrmu-Syrian NGO platform
  • The Consultative Umbrella of Women Organizations in Great Lakes Region, COCAFEM/GL
  • The Pastoralist Community Initiative and Development Assistance (PACIDA)
  • Yuva Association
  • Association for Humanity Empowerment Awareness & Development (AHEAD)
  • Astha Sansthan
  • Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication
  • Bethsaida Community Church (A Refugee Office)
  • Center for Disaster Preparedness Foundation
  • Center for Participatory Research and Development
  • Center of Resilient Development
  • Centre for Marinelife Conservation and Community Development (MCD)
  • Church's Auxiliary for Social Action
  • Citizens' Disaster Response Center
  • Community Action Nepal
  • Community World Service Asia
  • Dhan Bahadur Air
  • Direct Focus Community Adi
  • Dushtha Shasthya Kendra (DSK)
  • Education for all Somalia (EFASOM)
  • Emergency Pastoralist Assistance Group (EPAG)
  • FAPA
  • Fast Rural Development Program
  • Femme Homme Action Plus
  • Foundation for Peace Professionals
  • Friends Service Council
  • Health Systems and Development Initiative
  • Himah Human Care Organisation
  • Human Appeal, Pakistan
  • International Labour Association (ILA)
  • Kaaba Microfinance Institution (K-MFI)
  • Kalvari Educational Rural Women and Child Welfare Development Society
    Kenya Red Cross Society
  • Mahila Kalyan Samiti Dhori,Bokaro
  • Manyirani Farmers Irrigation Water Project
  • MWPN Multicultural Women Peacemakers Network
  • NAGAAD Network
  • National Integrated Development Association (NIDA-Pakistan)
  • New World Hope Organization (NWHO)
  • NGO Federation of Nepal (NFN)
  • Nile Hope
  • pan health care organization (PANCARE)
  • Pastoralist Community Initiative & Development Assistance (PACIDA)
  • PKPU - The Humanitarian Foundation
  • Puntland Youth Associations Network [PYAN]
  • RDI
  • Rural Socials & Economics Empowerment
  • Talobeeg Foundation
  • Tamkin Foundation For Social Services
  • Terram Pacis
  • Traditional Power of Human Being
  • Voluntary National Youth Organization
  • Watan Development Organization
  • We are The Common People
  • Womankind Kenya
  • Women Pioneers for Peace and Life (HINNA)
  • Youth Advocacy Council Pakistan
  • Youth Employment Solutions(YESO)
  • Youth Participatory Forum
  • YSDR - Youth Strategy for Disaster Reduction
  • Mayavakfi
  • Relief International
  • Malawi Network of Older Persons’ Organisations (MANEPO)
  • Community Action Nepal (CAN)

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