Network of Homebased Workers
in South Asia

REVISED STRUCTURE AND COMPOSITION OF HOMENET SOUTH ASIA

(As approved by the Board of Trustees on 05.09.2014)

I. PURPOSE OF HOMENET SOUTH ASIA :

The structure of an organization or a network depends on what it’s purpose and strategies are. Though the broad purpose of HomeNet South Asia is to improve the lives and livelihoods of home based workers; it aims to function more as a network rather than an organization. The usual functions of a network are to benefit the network members by information sharing and learning; creating solidarity, removing isolation and facilitating networking; and advocacy by enhancing voice and visibility. However, in addition to these 3 classical functions of a network, HNSA also has a role in raising resources for itself and it’s members. However, it is not the purpose of HNSA to itself implement projects. It should aim to play it’s networking functions more effectively.

II. STRUCTURE OF HOMENET SOUTH ASIA :

HNSA is being envisaged as a network of (i) Membership Based Organisations (MBO) of home based workers (HBW), (ii) NGOs working with HBWs and (iii) Networks of homebased worker's organisations (either MBOs or NGOs or a mixed network of MBOs and NGOs) that work with and for homebased workers. All the members will form the General Body of HNSA and will meet once every three years. Since HNSA is already registered as a Trust in Mauritius, one will have to operate within the framework of the Trust Deed which does not permit HNSA to have more than I Enforcer and 4 trustees. In order to make HNSA more representational of it’s constituency and move towards becoming a MBO, there will be an Advisory Board with representation from all countries (see section IV below). As the name suggests it will advise the Board of Trustees, who are the principle decision makers.

The blue rectangle represents the General Body comprising members from MBOs, NGOs and Networks, shown in different colours in the diagram above. From amongst all these members, the HNSA Board of Trustees will initially co-opt 20 members on the Advisory Board. The Advisory Board will advise the Board of Trustees on all matters. The Trustees may consider delegating programmatic functions to the Advisory Board.

III. CATEGORIES OF MEMBERS OF HNSA
a. There will be 3 different categories of members of HNSA. The criteria for being considered in a particular category are given below.

Sr.no:

Category of Member

Criteria for becoming a member

1.

Membership Based Organisations (MBOs) only of home based workers; or of other workers but where the majority are HBWs

- For MBOs from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan they must have a membership of at least 200 members;

- For MBOs from Nepal and Sri Lanka they must have a membership of at least 50 members and

- For MBOs from Afghanistan, Bhutan and Maldives they must have a membership of at least 15 members

For an organization to qualify as a MBO, they must have and produce the following:

i. Written constitution

ii. Evidence of elected body

iii. Formal registration document

iv. List of members with contact details

v. Membership fee record

vi. Audited accounts

vii. Minutes of Board/Executive meetings

2.

Non Government Organization

i. Duly registered as per the law of their home country

ii. National NGOs working for/ with homebased workers (either for support services or service delivery etc)

iii. Having at least 5 years experience and

iv. Reaching out to at least 1000 HBWs per year in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and at least 100 HBWs annually in Afghanistan, Bhutan and Maldives

3.

Networks of homebased worker's organisations (either MBOs or NGOs or a mixed network of MBOs and NGOs) that work with and for homebased workers.

- Duly registered as per the law of their home country.

- Having at least 10 organisations in their network, with at least a total of 2000 homebased workers in all the networks.

b. All memberships request should be properly screened and finally approved by the trustees.

IV. ADVISORY BOARD

a. There will be an Advisory Board constituted under section 8.2 of the HNSA Trust Deed. It will comprise a maximum of 20 members as detailed below, in order to make HNSA a more representational body/network. Of these 20 there will be a minimum of 5 MBOs, but the number could go upto 18, as the number and capacity of MBOs in the network increases.

i. Two members from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka of which at least one member has to be a MBO. The second member could be from any category, including the MBO category. (10 members)

ii. One member from Afghanistan, Bhutan and Maldives, who could be from any category but should preferably, is an MBO. (3 members).

iii. One representative from a network in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. (maximum of 5 members)

iv. Two nominees/professionals nominated by HNSA trustees. (2 members). Special invitees may also be invited for specific meetings, depending on the agenda at hand.

b. Members of categories i, ii and iii will initially be co-opted by the Board of Trustees and their selection placed before the General Body for approval.

c. The Advisory Board will be serviced by HNSA (Director, RC)

d. Tenure of Advisory Board: 3 years: (Maximum tenure not to exceed 6 years/2 terms)

e. Quorum: 5 (4 members + 1 HNSA Trustee’sNominee)

f. Frequency of meetings: Initially at least one per year.

g. Only MBOs and Networks of MBOs in the Advisory Board will have voting rights.

V. FEES:

a. All members of HNSA shall pay a one time fee of USD 50 on becoming a member of HNSA and an annual membership fee as set out below:

Sr.no:

Category of Member

Amount of Annual Fee s

(in US $)

Membership Based Organisations (MBOs) only of home based workers; or of other workers but where the majority are HBWs

i. With less than 200 members – US $ 50

ii. With more than 201 members – US $ 100

2.

Non Government Organization

US $ 100

3.

Network members

US $ 200

b. Renewal of membership: Membership will have to be renewed every three years, after verification

c. Fee period- The fees will be paid annually for the period April to March. If fees are not paid within the six months grace period, ie. by 1st October, membership will be terminated.

 

(As approved by the Board of Trustees on 05.09.2014)

I. PURPOSE OF HOMENET SOUTH ASIA :

The structure of an organization or a network depends on what it’s purpose and strategies are.

Vision Statement

HomeNets in South Asia envisions a scenario in which Homebased Workers are visible, protected, promoted, empowered ..

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