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FAN Governing Council agree Global Strategy for independence

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FAN Global Governing Council statement

23rd March 2011

On 21 March 2011, FAN Governing Council met in London to discuss the future of FAN Global and to develop the transitional plan towards independence.

Representatives from the five regional networks – FAN Central America (FANCA), FAN South Asia (FANSA), FAN Mexico (FAN-Mex), African Civil Society Network on Water and Sanitation (ANEW) and FAN South America (FANAS) and the global secretariat, which make up FAN Global, began by updating each other around their activities. The facilitated discussions which followed enabled them to frankly share expectations, understand challenges and visualise a prospective future for FAN Global.

Despite some initial apprehensions about how an independent FAN global could function, as the group began to assert the difference that FAN’s work has brought to communities, we were able to imagine a realistic future for FAN Global.  With a renewed feeling of global solidarity, we began exploring possibilities of new collaborations and partnerships.

With a renewed feeling of global solidarity, we began exploring possibilities of new collaborations and partnerships.

FAN Global Governing Council agreed they possess the collective confidence to take up the challenge of an independent network.  They all believe that FAN Global has unique added value as the only global, bottom-up platform to voice the issues from the local to the global level, linking the environmental and developmental agendas.

Once this decision was made, they were able to reimage FAN Global, with new ways of working and the regional networks sharing responsibilities.  They aim to build on the legacy of ten years of success. A committed and passionate leadership team agree to take joint responsibility and ownership over the transitional process to July 2012 and beyond.

This transitional task team, made up of the existing Governing Council, will lead FAN Global towards Independence.

We aim to build on the legacy of ten years of success.

Transitional Task teamsFAN Global business plan will be an essential tool for attracting future donors.  This will be prepared by September 2011. By January 2012 we plan to have a Board of Directors in place and FAN Global will be a legally registered charity in the UK. 

The Board will be made up of 7 experienced and respected representatives (2 from each region – Asia, Africa & Latin America and one International representative from a donor country). They should not have associated interests. The FAN Global Board will convene for the first time at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille, March 2012.

By July 2012, FAN Global should be in a position to continue to exist independently, raising its own funds, with a decentralised communications function, and regions taking on coordination of global advocacy and planning, strategic direction and governance.

Thank you to all of our partners that have supported us in our journey thus far, in particular WaterAid and DFID.

Thank you to all of our partners that have supported us in our journey thus far, in particular WaterAid and DFID.