Founding Documents

During the General Members Meeting and Work Retreat (or “GIN Conference”), in November 2016, in Bangkok, Thailand, we discussed and voted on the drafted Constitution and By-laws. The drafts were subsequently finalised by the GIN Secretariat and sent for a final confirmation to all GIN members, in early 2017.

Amendments were proposed and voted upon during the General Members’ Meeting of 2018 (held online), and the final versions are available below.

A lot of careful consideration went into preparing these texts; after consultation with you, our Members, the mandate provided by the 2014 GIN Conference, and consultation with similar organizations over a period of two years, we brought you these draft documents for your feedback and confirmation.

In developing these documents, we were guided by several principles:

1. Make the documents as plain and accessible as possible;
2. Clarify and encourage how members can engage with the organization;
3. Center Key Affected Communities (also called the Global South) in all areas of our organization;
4. Ensure that we spend the vast majority of our time and resources on members’ capacity development, programs, and strengthening our network;
5. Make voting accessible and simple for a global membership.

The Constitution and By-laws provide reference points for carrying forward important tasks such as Board elections and implementing programs with the correct level of member participation. As we all know, founding documents are living documents, subject to the evolution and input of our members now and into the future. We, the Board, believe that these documents provide a sensitive and strong architecture for our work together.

We hope that you too find these documents to be thoughtful, comprehensive, and a good place to create this significant benchmark.