MSF is unique in the humanitarian world in its associative approach to internal governance and its culture of discussion and debate. Members are essential to the movement. The associations offer both opportunities for MSFers to voice their opinions and place the responsibility of preserving the core mandate of MSF's medical humanitarian action in their hands.
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Members can join several MSF associations, choosing the association they identify with most, based on their personal interest, experience with MSF, language, country of origin or residence, and/or the time available to dedicate to associative action. There are 24 associations in MSF, offering members ways to link in to associative discussions and activities in many geographic areas.
The Movement-Wide Association is the association of the individual members of MSF International. It offers an open space for direct and open communication at an international level, breaking down borders and ensuring that individual members far from a local associative group can also contribute to the movement.
Members of the Movement-Wide Association will be able to:
- Discuss topics that concern the whole of MSF and propose solutions to drive the movement forward;
- Interact and (re)connect with other members across associations;
- Share their thoughts and experiences with other MSFers, developing and sharing ideas;
- Take associative action by organising informal events, gatherings and discussions with other members.
The Movement-Wide Association will not elect a board but if eligible it will identify two representatives to participate in the debates and decision-making of MSF’s highest governance body, the International General Assembly (IGA).
Once a part of the Movement-Wide Association, members will have access to the internal section of this website, where they can find information, reach out to other members, initiate debates and receive updates from across the movement on our medical action and associative activities.
Members will receive regular updates from the international leadership groups and platforms, including key associative decisions, priorities and milestones. If you are looking for specific information but are not a member, please contact the international association team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Associative membership often involves an annual fee. The International Board recognises that a symbolic fee of US$10 should be included with the application, however the Board also decided that fees will be waived in the initial stages of the association.
How to register
The Movement-Wide Association welcomes individuals who wish to uphold and promote MSF values and principles, and who satisfy one of the following criteria:
- completion of six months under contract with MSF or two assignments in the field for international staff;
- completion of 12 months under contract with MSF for local staff; or
- completion of 24 months under contract with MSF for local volunteers.
Current members of other MSF Associations are automatically eligible to join the Movement-Wide Association.