Membership benefits

  1.  Classification of Membership, Benefits and Obligations:

    WaterNet is a regional network whose membership is drawn from the region from institutions that subscribed to the principles of IWRM as well as the overall objectives of the network. The increasing number of applications against limited resources has necessitated that the network comes up with clear guidelines on membership, highlighting the benefits and obligations. Four such categories of membership have been identified:

    1. Core Member – An organisation established within SADC involved in education, training and research not for profit such as university departments/research institutions. This shall include non-SADC founding members.

    2. Supporting Member – an organization which supports or co-funds activities with WaterNet such as UNESCO-IHE, GWP-SA, and SADC.

    3. Associate Member - a profit-making organization or an a institution from outside the SADC region which also subscribes to the principles of IWRM.

      NB: Only representatives of Core Members shall be eligible for election to the Board of Trustees. Non-SADC members admitted prior to formation of Trust shall retain Core-membership.

  2. Benefits, Rights and Obligations for Associate Members
    1. Associate members cannot apply directly to access any of the following WaterNet funds: Nodal Strengthening Fund, Symposium Fund, Publication Fund, Fellowship Fund, Professorial Chair Fund, Professional Training Fund, Language Course Fund, and Staff Development Fund. However, Associate members can access Staff Exchange Fund by partnering with a Core Member.

    2. Associate Members can also benefit in others ways such as Collaboration- teaching courses, research, information sharing and capacity building.

    3. Associate members shall be invited to attend the AGM as observers, and they shall have no voting rights. They shall not become members of the Board of Trustees.

  3. Definition of a Member and Level of Admission
    1. In a university system, the lowest level for admitting members shall be at the Faculty or the equivalent level. For any new applications for membership, departments/units within the same faculty shall be encouraged to submit a joint application so that the faculty becomes the member.