AGNA invites all national associations of NGOs and NPOs to join its membership. AGNA’s current membership has reached 58 national associations with representatives from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, North America and the Pacific. View the list of AGNA members.
AGNA membership means that national associations of NGOs and NPOs demonstrated shown their interest in the global network of national associations, met the criteria, read the Terms of Reference, completed the survey and become members of CIVICUS. If you wish to join, please do the same.
Criteria for membership
By a national association of NGOs/NPOs (umbrella or network), we mean the following (as agreed at the CIVICUS World Assembly in Botswana in 2004 and revised during the AGNA AGM in Johannesburg in 2009):
Criteria for AGNA membership adopted during the 2009 AGNA Annual General Meeting
- The association is a national network of NGOs/NPOs.
- The association serves the general interests of the NGO/NPO community in that country. It is a membership organisation, an association, with its membership (other legal entities or organisations, not individuals) drawn from various sectors of the NGO/NPO community.
- The association can demonstrate that, in its decision making, advocacy and representation, it is able to act independently of the influence of any government.
- All members of AGNA must be current members of CIVICUS
- The primary purposes of the association include:
- to strengthen the capacity of NGOs/NPOs and provide space for them to function;
- to advocate on behalf of its members on general NGO/NPO and civil society-related issues;
- to provide services to its members and the wider community.
- Therefore, organisations that qualify as members of AGNA are those which serve the common general interests (representing all sectors) of all non-governmental and non-profit groups and are not those national organisations that are sector based, serving only one or a few particular fields of interest.
Terms of Reference of the CIVICUS AGNA Structure and Membership
1. The Affinity Group of National Associations Steering Committee (SC) will be composed of members of the Affinity Group of National Associations and the CIVICUS Secretary General or her / his designee.
2. The members of the SC should reflect the diversity of Affinity Group members in terms of geography as well as race/ethnicity and gender.
3. The members of the SC will be elected by the Affinity Group members who are present at the meeting of the AG held in conjunction with the CIVICUS World Assembly. SC members may serve for no longer that six consecutive years.
4. The SC members will appoint a chair or two co-chairs of the SC. The chair or co-chairs will serve for a one year term and may serve for no more than a total of three consecutive years.
5. The chair or co-chairs of the SC will ensure that the SC carries out its responsibilities and will serve as the liaison with CIVICUS.
We are trying to identify national associations/umbrellas and the survey helps us collect more detailed information for mapping existing national umbrellas as well as future plans and communication.
In November 2007, the CIVICUS Board took the decision to render CIVICUS membership compulsory for AGNA members effective from June, 2008. This decision was based on the desire to further strengthen the ties between CIVICUS and AGNA and to reflect CIVICUS’ commitment to supporting national associations. National associations’ goals domestically largely correspond to CIVICUS’ goals globally, namely defending the rights of association and assembly, strengthening civil society and promoting citizen participation through networking, convening, capacity building, knowledge generation and sharing, and advocacy.