FAQs on Membership


Here you can find the answers to questions that we are often asked about becoming an Inclusion International member.
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1. Why should I become a member of Inclusion International?
2. Who can become a member of Inclusion International?
3. What kind of memberships are there?
4. How much does membership cost for new members?
5. How much does membership cost for existing members?
6. I am already a member of Inclusion International; how can I change my membership?
7. What does my membership mean in my region?
8. How does the application process work?
9. Can I vote?
10. Can affiliate members be a part of Inclusion International’s Council

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1. WHY SHOULD I BECOME A MEMBER OF INCLUSION INTERNATIONAL
Inclusion International members work together to make inclusion happen. We do this though –

Global Advocacy
• Inclusion International members have their views heard by decision makers. As a member, you can influence the work that is done on inclusion at an international level.
• As a member, you will be a part of influencing the work of international organisations like the World Health Organisation, UNICEF, and United Nations Development Programme.
• As a member, you will understand what is happening about inclusion around the world.
• Members have an international profile, this means you are known about and your work is recognised around the world.

Regional development and issue development
• You can work with other members in your region or with others around the world who are working on the issues that are important to you
• You will have access to the Inclusion International network’s knowledge and experience. You will be able to share your work with others.
• You will be invited to take part in events, working groups or projects
• You will get help to develop policy at a country level
• You will have a chance to improve your knowledge and understanding about rights

Support to Members

• As a member, you will have access to resources, people, and other tools to support the work you do at home. These include webinars, training, strategy meetings and workshops like the World Congress and Regional Forum meetings
• You will have opportunities to work with other networks and be able to build networks on areas you are interested in, for example, education, legal capacity, employment, health, violence, and self-advocacy etc.
• You will have the chance to make friends across the world by sharing experiences and good practice
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2. WHO CAN BECOME A MEMBER OF INCLUSION INTERNATIONAL
Any organisation or individual who supports our vision and agrees to our Statement of Unity for inclusion can join Inclusion International.
You can read our Statement of Unity here.
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3. WHAT KIND OF MEMBERSHIPS ARE THERE?
We have 3 kinds of membership –
Full members are self-advocacy or family led organisations that are recognised as having a voice at a country level
Affiliate members are any other organisation that supports Inclusion International’s Statement of Unity
Individual members are any person who shares the values of Inclusion International.
You can read more about the different benefits of our memberships below –

What are the benefits of full membership?
Full members –
• have a say in how Inclusion International is run. For example, full members can nominate Regional Representatives to be part of the Inclusion International Council
• help to set the direction of the organisation by taking part and voting on important issues at our General Assembly and other meetings.
• enjoy opportunities to share and exchange information with the network about their work. For example, by featuring in our Global Reports and newsletters and participating at our World Congresses and other events.
• can attend Inclusion International run events, with a member discount. They will also receive regular information and updates from us.

What are the benefits of Affiliate membership?
Affiliate members –
• can be part of our Council when nominated by a full member
• can attend Inclusion International run events, with a member discount
• receive regular information and updates from Inclusion International
• can share what they are working on by featuring in our newsletter and social media and by attending our events.

What are the benefits of individual membership?
Individual members –
• can attend Inclusion International events, receiving a member discount
• can attend our General Assembly
• can take part in consultations and campaigns receive regular information and updates from us and connect with our broad network
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4. HOW MUCH DOES MEMBERSHIP COST FOR NEW MEMBERS?
For new members, the membership fees are decided by the size of your organisation.
Large, Medium and Small organisations will pay different membership fees.
The final decision about the size of your organisation will be made by the Inclusion International Membership Committee after reviewing your application.
NON-EUROPE
These membership fees are for members outside of Europe. These fees will be paid each year in US Dollars.
Full new members (voting rights)
Large size organisations $2,500
Medium size organisations $1,250
Small size organisations $100

Affiliate members (no voting rights)
Large size organisations $1,000
Medium size organisations $500
Small size organisations $50

Individuals
$50

EUROPE
For European members, membership fees will be paid in Euros each year. The fees are below
Full new members (voting rights)
Large size organisations €2250
Medium size organisations €1125
Small size organisations €90

Affiliate members (no voting rights)
Large size organisations €900
Medium size organisations €450
Small size organisations €45

Individuals
€45

Inclusion International’s Council can agree to an increase up to 10% per year in membership fees to keep in line with inflation. Inflation is the amount that prices change during a year. Any other changes to membership fees must be agreed by the members at the General Assembly meeting.
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5. HOW MUCH DOES MEMBERSHIP COST FOR EXISTING MEMBERS?
If the current membership fee level for existing members is more than it would be for a new member we will ask the member if they would be willing to continue paying the higher amount or they can choose to reduce their payments towards the new fee level in stages, starting in 2018.
We would like to discuss this issue with our existing members. Please let us know the person in your organisation we should talk to by emailing us at r.gonzalez@nullinclusion-international.org.
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6. I AM ALREADY A MEMBER OF INCLUSION INTERNATIONAL, HOW CAN I CHANGE MY MEMBERSHIP?
Some of our existing affiliate members are now able to apply for full membership.
Read about the application process here
If you are wishing to change the size of your organisation, for example changing from a large organisation to a medium organisation, this will be decided by Inclusion International’s Membership Committee.
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7. WHAT DOES THE MEMBERSHIP MEAN IN MY REGION? When you apply we will talk with our partners in your region about your membership application.

We currently work in 5 regions:

  • Africa- If you are based in Africa, as you join Inclusion International, you will become part of the Inclusion Africa network.
  • Europe- Organisations applying for membership to II are encouraged to also join Inclusion Europe. Find out how to join Inclusion Europe
  • Middle East & North Africa (MENA)
  • The Americas
  • Asia-Pacific

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8. HOW DOES THE APPLICATION PROCESS WORK?
• A new application form is completed and sent to us along with supporting information about your organisation
• The form will be checked by the Inclusion International office.
• Your application is then reviewed by the Membership Committee, which will meet regularly to look at applications.
• If you are successful you will be recommended to Inclusion International’s Council for acceptance by the Membership Committee
• If you are accepted as a new member, you will be informed and membership will start straight away once the membership fee has been paid.
• Your memberships will be on the understanding that your membership will not be final until it is ratified, which means agreed upon, at the next General Assembly meeting.
• Inclusion International’s Council will present new members to the General Assembly. The General Assembly meet every 2 years. They will have the final vote on approving your membership to Inclusion International
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9. CAN I VOTE?
Full members will have a vote at future General Assembly meetings. Each country has one vote.
If there are more than one full member group from a country they must decide together how they will use the one vote that they share.
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10. CAN AFFILIATE MEMBERS BE A PART OF INCLUSION INTERNATIONAL’S COUNCIL?
Any individual can be nominated to be a member of II Council. Only full members of Inclusion International can nominate a person as a regional representative to be a part of Inclusion International’s Council.
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