There are a number of benefits that accrue to a member organisation to FFOU, including the following:
Collective voice and influence:As a member, you will be joining various other organizations, committed to working together to contribute to the development of the country. FFOU’s ever growing influence is as a direct result of working with members and therefore as a member, your organisation will be part of a collective and united voice to engage and influence Government and other stakeholders on issues of concern to Fisheries.
Collaboration and networking: FFOU facilitates networking among members, on important issues for engagement. Through Members’ Events including Membership Symposiums; Membership Days etc members have an opportunity to share, learn and profile their work through best practices, case studies, experiences, success stories, professional knowledge and materials with other members and partners.
Profiling member organizations: We shall also document and profile our members’ work as a DVD to accompany our annual report. Members can also access the Members Database and Directory, which is a great network of hundreds of associations. This would be distributed extensively and regularly updated.
Sector-wide representation: FFOU represents members’ views and interests and lobbies for relevant change at national fora. In addition, all members are eligible and can be requested to represent the FFOU family at national, regional and international fora on matters of concern to the NGO sector and development.
Ownership and involvement: Members have opportunity to participate in shaping the strategic direction of the organisation and to influence decisions on FFOU policies, priorities, and actions, and to raise issues of concern.
Information resources and updates: Members are entitled to access the Information Unit and Resource Centre for updated, accurate and current information, reports, briefings and feedback on news about FFOU, what is happening in the fisheries sector; and on other key collective civil society concerns on access to all FFOU services. You are also notified from time to time of funding and capacity building opportunities as well as upcoming NGO Meetings and Events at national, regional and international fora. FFOU also acts as a conduit for members to receive current information, updates, publications, funding etc. from government and other stakeholders; to allow them engage on the relevant issues. Receive a copy of the ‘FFOU Concepts’, the official newsletter of FFOU; which focuses on current issues and key activities undertaken by the Forum, member organizations and other NGOs. Members can contribute to the newsletter by sending their articles to the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Leadership and authority: All members are eligible to stand for election to FFOU Governance Organs of the organisation such as the Board. Members can provide comment and offer recommendations to the Governance Organs on matters relevant to the activities of FFOU. This way, we provide opportunities to live and practice free and fair leadership of the Federation.
Solidarity and support: FFOU will support, mobilize Government departments and NGOs to stand in solidarity with its members who may be illegally threatened in the course of their work at Marine areas. Recommendation to development partners, other NGOs and Government for relevant support to your organisation. Membership allows you to receive technical and specialized advice and support on different aspects to enable your organisation grow and improve its work. The Technical team at the Secretariat will regularly review the above Member Benefits, identify new ones and create valued products for members.