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How to apply

Core value

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Membership categories (aspiring member, full member individual, full member organization)

Application for membership to the VCB-N is open to all agencies (public agencies, private companies, civil society organizations/NGOs, farmer organizations, universities, research institutes) and individual consultants that have a mandate for service delivery in the field of VCD/MSD and that commit to the charter of the VCB-N including financial and in-kind contributions. The VCB-N Charter and the VCB-N Business Plan are accessible through the VCB-N website (vcbnetwork.org). Organizations or individuals wishing to become a member can fill and submit an application form to the VCB-N Secretariat. The application form can be downloaded from the same VCB-N website (vcbnetwork.org). The VCB-N focus area is Asia and the Pacific.

Interested parties can choose for two (2) options: becoming an aspirant member first or applying for full membership. The different rights and benefits for both membership forms are stipulated below.

Aspirant memberships are only granted once for a limited period of 6 months only. In case none of the parties pro-actively ends the Aspirant membership after the 6 months period, the aspirant member will automatically become a full member (with all full member rights and duties).

Applications for aspirant or full membership are to be submitted to the Secretariat and reviewed by the VCB-N Steering Committee (SC) where decisions for approval of new memberships will be made. Upon receiving a membership application, additional information about VCB-N will be provided to applicants. A due diligence check, including references about the applicant will be conducted as part of the application and intake procedure. In case mutual expectations of the both parties have met, a Membership Agreement will be signed.

After approval by the VCB-N SC, membership is formalized by signing the VCB-N Membership Agreement and activated upon the payment of the VCB-N Membership fee (6 months fee for aspirant members or annual fee in case of full membership).

Membership dues

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Eligibility criteria

  • The applicant can be based in any country world-wide (global membership)
  • The applicant should have a mandate and existing track record in service delivery to external clients in the field of value chain / market system development or other relevant and connected thematical fields. Services may include financing / sub-contracting, training, advisory / consultancy, research and/or implementation support services.
  • The applicant commits fully to the VCB-N Charter and Business Plan including financial and in-kind member contributions and obligations to the VCB-N.
  • The applicant signs and commits to live up with the VCB-N Membership Agreement

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