As we approach the GIN Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, we have before us the task of readying our draft Constitution and By-laws for confirmation at the Conference.

You can download the draft Constitution here: GIN Constitution.

You can download the draft By-laws here: GIN By-laws.

A lot of careful consideration has gone into preparing these drafts; after consultation with you, our Members, the mandate provided by the 2014 GIN Conference, and consultation with similar organizations over the last two years, we bring you these draft documents for your feedback.

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 (sometimes 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

It is important to confirm the Constitution and By-laws so that we have reference points for carrying forward important tasks such as Board elections and implementing programs with the correct level of member participation. We do not need the perfect Constitution or By-laws, though of course we always strive for excellence!

The Constitution and By-laws, in an exceptional and one-time vote, will be subject to approval by confirmation (50% of the vote plus one) by Full Members at the GIN Conference. No other votes will take place, nor will further editing of the documents. This is in deference to the access and participation of Members who will not be able to be will us in Bangkok.

All future votes will be subject to different procedures and standards as described in these documents.

As we all know, founding documents are living documents, subject to the evolution and input of our members now and into the future. With documents like these, we have to start somewhere and 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.

We will take all your feedback received on time into careful consideration as we create the final drafts of these documents for the confirmation vote. The Board will use its humble discretion where there are competing suggestions or significant alterations offered. We will make our best effort to provide clarification, either in the documents or directly to members, to explain items that are confusing or unclear.

A full report on this process and outcome will be made to all members in December 2016.

You can submit your feedback here.

Deadline: The 10th of November, 2016