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Coalition Operations & Membership

The IAWG is a voluntary partnership of members and is not a legal entity in its own right. Therefore, the IAWG operates under the aegis of an organizational host, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC). The WRC assumes financial, human resource, and legal roles and responsibilities related to the IAWG.

Membership Overview

The IAWG currently offers three levels of membership:

  1. Steering Committee Membership
  2. Associate Membership for Organizations and Individuals
  3. Online Membership

Membership Levels

Steering Committee Membership – $2,500

This membership level is ideal for, but not limited to, international NGOs, UN agencies, and academic institutions with the capacity to commit a significant amount of time to leadership of the coalition.

Members at the Steering Committee level guide the IAWG’s work. Steering Committee members collaboratively set strategic objectives, identify priority activities, participate in virtual and face-to-face meetings, and vote on coalition-wide decisions. Members at this level offer significant time, guidance, and thought leadership to the IAWG, reflecting our highest level of commitment. Steering Committee members enjoy access to all benefits available to Associate and Online members.

Members at the Steering Committee level are expected to commit to:

  • expanding and strengthening access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services for people affected by conflict and natural disaster, as defined by the 1994 Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the 2018 Inter-agency Field Manual on Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Settings (IAFM).
  • advancing the evidence base for SRHR in crises.
  • working collaboratively with other IAWG members.
  • ensuring representation from at least one staff person per member organization on at least 75% of hour-long Steering Committee calls, which occur monthly.
  • ensuring representation from at least one staff person per member organization at the IAWG Meeting, which is held in a different strategic region each convening. Agency representatives at headquarters level are also expected to self-fund their participation.
  • dedicating time for IAWG activities. Steering Committee members spend approximately ½ day per month, or 6-8 days per year per organization on IAWG-related activity. This commitment varies by organization, time of year, and the Steering Committee’s workplan.
  • contributing to the IAWG’s fundraising strategy and internally advocating for IAWG support at your respective organizations.
  • playing an active role in at least one sub-working group.

Please note that, to promote transparency and avoid conflicts of interest, we are not accepting Steering Committee applications from foundations or bilateral donors at this time.

Associate Membership for Organizations and Individuals
$500 organization | $50 individual

The Associate Organizational membership is ideal for international NGOs, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions eager to engage around thematic area(s) via one or more sub-working group. The Associate Individual membership is geared toward consultants, SRH medical professionals, and students.

The IAWG offers Associate memberships at the Organizational and Individual levels. Associate members shape IAWG’s strategy and priority activities around particular thematic areas through active participation in sub-working groups. Associate members commit to regularly joining sub-working group teleconferences and are encouraged to join occasional in-person meetings.

Associate Members are also invited to attend the IAWG’s Annual Meeting. Members at this level enjoy access to all perks extended to Online members.

Both Organizational and Individual Associate members are expected to commit to:

  • expanding and strengthening access to comprehensive quality sexual and reproductive health services for people affected by conflict and natural disaster, as defined by the 1994 Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the 2018 Inter-agency Field Manual on Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Settings (IAFM).
  • advancing the evidence-base for SRHR in crises.
  • working collaboratively with other IAWG members and associates.
  • ensuring representation afrom at least one staff person per member organization to self-fund for and attend the IAWG Meeting, which is held in a different strategic region each convening.
  • contributing to IAWG’s fundraising strategy and/or acting as an internal advocate at your respective organizations. playing an active, collaborative role within at least one sub-working group.

In certain cases, an individual affiliated with an organization may apply for Individual Associate membership to build and leverage agency buy-in until the next renewal cycle. This organization will be encouraged to apply for Organizational Associate membership the following year.

Online Membership–Open to All

This membership level is ideal for individuals committed to SRH services, humanitarian response, and global development.

Our online members participate in the IAWG primarily through our network’s listserv. Online members enjoy access to the coalition’s monthly newsletter (IAWG Insider), including online resources, new research, conference and webinar announcements, job opportunities, and real-time updates from members and partners advancing SRHR.

Online members are encouraged to attend the IAWG Meeting. Local and community-based organizations are eligible to apply for a limited number of sponsorships to attend. Membership at this level is free, open to all, and does not require annual renewal. Online members can opt out at any time by unsubscribing from the listserv.

A Note on In-Kind Memberships

The IAWG recognizes that some members are not able to formally commit to dues because of resources or organizational policies prohibiting payment for coalition work, including UN and government agencies. In-kind memberships are available on a very limited basis. Please contact Sarah Knaster (SarahK@wrcommission.org) for more information.