How to apply
The VCB-N thrives to operate and reflect the ethos of pro-poor VCD through creating a transparent, non-threatening and inclusive atmosphere among the members that allows them to participate in the discussions and activities effectively and respectfully, take on the challenges equitably as well as strengthen expertise by distributing leadership responsibilities.
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).
The VCB-N believes that membership fees ensure active participation of its members. The annual membership fee is set at 500 USD / member for full membership as an organisation and 350 USD / member for members being individual consultants. The membership fee for aspiring members is 150 USD, for a one-time period of 6 months.
- 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