Organisations working on humanitarian or development issues are eligible to become either a “full” or “associate” member of the CHS Alliance.

Both full and associate member organisations must be approved by the CHS Alliance governing Board and adhere to the CHS Alliance membership policies.

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Eligibility criteria and requirements

While the application procedure and approval process are the same for both types of membership, there are different eligibility criteria, application requirements, rights, responsibilities and benefits for full and associate memberships. These are outlined below.

Full member

  • An organisation whose core activities, or whose members’ core activities, work towards assisting and protecting vulnerable people and crisis-affected communities. They can be non-governmental organisations (NGOs), NGO networks, global NGO Secretariats, NGO consortia, Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, IFRC and ICRC, and United Nations agencies.
  • Legally registered or recognised as a not-for-profit organisation in the country where it has its headquarters.
  • Legally registered or recognised in the country where it has its headquarters.
  • Makes no adverse distinction in its work on the basis of nationality, race, gender, diversity, religious belief, class or political opinion.
  • Meets the requirements for financial accountability under the law in the country where it has its headquarters.
  • Has a documented organisational commitment to quality and accountability in its activities and management practices towards people and communities affected by disaster, conflict and poverty.

Associate member

  • An organisation or entity which does not meet the eligibility requirements for full membership, but whose activities and management practices are consistent with, and supportive of, the vision, mission and objectives of the CHS Alliance. They can be donor agencies, United Nations agencies, national disaster management agencies, standards bodies, development and human rights organisations, academic institutes, or networks.
  • Legally registered or recognised in the country where it has its headquarters.
  • Makes no adverse distinction in its work on the basis of nationality, race, gender, diversity, religious belief, class or political opinion.
  • Meets the requirements for financial accountability under the law in the country where it has its headquarters.
  • Has a documented organisational commitment to quality and accountability in its activities and management practices towards people and communities affected by disaster, conflict and poverty.

Requirements

By joining the CHS Alliance, your organisation is taking a commitment to improve the quality and accountability of its programmes and management practices. We require our members to align with the CHS and:

Full member

  • To aim to undertake verification against the CHS within two years of becoming a member, and every two years thereafter, or follow one of the other verification pathways.
  • To develop and follow an improvement plan following each verification exercise.
  • To provide annual feedback on how the organisation uses, and learns from, the CHS.
  • To have a code of conduct that includes the prohibition of sexual exploitation and abuse by staff and other representatives.
  • To have a quality and accountability framework in place within two years of becoming a member.
  • To complete a CHS Alignment Statement each year, until a verification option is completed
  • To pay membership fees within eight weeks of receipt of the annual invoice.
  • To submit annual audited accounts.

Associate member

  • To provide annual feedback on how the organisation uses, and learns from, the CHS.
  • To pay membership fees within eight weeks of receipt of the annual invoice.

According to the CHS Statutes, members enjoy the following rights

Full member

  • Attending the General Assemblies
  • Participation in committees and working groups (upon invitation)
  • Lodging proposals for consideration at the General Assembly
  • Nomination of candidates to stand for the Board
  • Standing for election to the Board
  • Voting at the General Assemblies
  • Entitled to preferential access to events and support services

Associate member

  • Attending the General Assemblies
  • Participation in committees and working groups (upon invitation)
  • Lodging proposals for consideration at the General Assembly
  • Nomination of candidates to stand for the Board
  • Entitled to preferential access to events and support services

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