PNGO by laws
" Publish Date : 2012/09/12 "

By-Laws of the Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations' Network (PNGO), 1995

 

Definition of an NGO

 

We define an NGO as a non-profit institution of a civil nature, which is active in development work of a scientific, charitable, educational, legal or religious kind and operates without any discrimination with regard to ethnicity, religion or sex.

 

Definition of the Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations' Network

 

The Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations' Network constitutes a voluntary cluster of Palestinian NGOs from different developmental sectors. They are brought together by a unified vision, seeking to develop and strengthen Palestinian civil society.

 

Vision and Perspectives

 

The Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations' Network is a civil and democratic gathering which strives to support, consolidate and strengthen Palestinian civil society according to the principles of democracy, social justice and sustainable development. PNGO carries out its activities without any discrimination with regard to ethnicity, religion or sex.

 

Goals

 

  1.  Consolidating, developing and strengthening the role of NGOs in Palestinian society. Supporting and promoting    these organizations in order to enable them to reinforce and build upon the foundations of Palestinian civil society.
  2.  Promoting, consolidating and coordinating relations:
    1.              With regard to Palestinian NGOs active in different developmental sectors, regardless of whether or not                    they are members of the Network, as well as other Palestinian networks, institutions and frameworks
    2.               With regard to Arab organizations in particular, as well as UN and other international governmental and                     non-governmental organizations in general
    3.  Contributing to the formation of a Palestinian socio-economic and cultural perspective in accordance with the principles of public freedom and social justice, based on Palestinian and Arab legacy.
    4.   Influencing public opinion and mass information concerning educational, health, economic, social and civil rights issues.
    5. Influencing policies regarding social issues and structures, based on democratic norms and values as well as respect for human rights and social justice.
    6. Working towards the attainment of full equality and justice for women. Supporting efforts to enhance the role and increase the participation of women in all developmental activities as well as to change the stereotype of women in Palestinian society.
    7.  Developing and enhancing the capabilities, skills and potential of the Network's member organizations on institutional, administrative and professional levels.
    8.  Promoting the Network's structural, administrative and financial systems through the participation of member organizations in its activities.
    9.  

      Mechanisms

       

      1.    Conducting various studies on civil and democratic society as well as on laws on how to regulate the activities of Palestinian NGOs.

      2.    Organizing seminars, conferences, workshops and regular meetings for NGOs whenever the need arises in order to discuss topics, such as democracy and civil society. Taking measures to strengthen advocacy and lobbying with regard to certain issues.

      3.    Developing a comprehensive system of providing information on Palestinian NGOs, i.e. their goals, activities and methods of operation. Making this information available to researchers and concerned people locally and abroad.

      4.    Issuing a periodical news bulletin as well as other publications in order to enhance dialogue and coordination among Palestinian NGOs and disseminate information on their activities.

      5.    Developing other mechanisms in order to achieve the above-mentioned goals.

       

      Administrative and Organizational Structure

       

      The General Assembly

       The General Assembly is made up of the entirety of the Network's member organizations. It has the following powers and responsibilities:

       

      1. To discuss and approve the Network's annual plan and its audited budget.

      2. To discuss and approve future annual plans.

      3. To review and approve the Network's financial plans and policies.

      4. To elect member organizations which are to form part of the Network's Steering Committee once every two years. Two member organizations which were part of the previous Committee must maintain their membership in the new Committee in order to guarantee the continuity of work.

      5. To approve new memberships, upon the recommendation of the Steering Committee.

      6. To modify and approve the Network's By-Laws, with the approval of at least two-thirds of the member organizations.

      7. To convene at least twice a year.

      8. To determine annual membership fees.

      9. To form specialized committees within the Network whenever the need arises.

       

      The Steering Committee

       

      The Steering Committee comprises seven to nine member organizations that work voluntarily and have the following powers and responsibilities:

       

      1.    To implement the goals of the Network by formulating annual administrative and financial plans and programs, which are to be approved by the General Assembly.

      2.    To prepare detailed work plans derived from the annual plans.

      3.    To meet at least once every two weeks in order to supervise the Network's daily performance. Additional meetings can be convened when the need arises.

      4.    To supervise the process of receiving and disbursing funds, to prepare the annual budget and to ensure that accounts are audited.

      5.    To present administrative and financial annual reports to the General Assembly for approval.

      6.    To raise the funds required to guarantee the execution of the Network's annual plan in cooperation with the General Assembly.

      7.    To supervise the collection of the annual membership fees.

      8.    To receive, process and assess applications for membership and make recommendations to the General Assembly during its annual meeting concerning the suitability of the organizations in question.

      9.    To approve the employment of the Network's coordinator and other employees, in accordance with the needs of the Network.

      10.  To seek the help of advisors and experts in order to improve the Network's performance.

      11.  To officially represent the Network both locally and internationally, within the framework of its stated goals.

       

      Membership

       

      1.    Organizations, not individuals, are eligible for membership.

      2.    Any organization, meeting the definition of an NGO as outlined above, is eligible to join the Network if it fulfills the following criteria:

      1)    It must have been established for at least two years before applying for membership.

      2)    It must be active in one or more of the fields detailed in the above NGO definition.

      3)    Its program must outline a clear strategy, goals and activities. It must have identified mechanisms for the attainment of its goals and the evaluation of its work.

      4)    It must have clear By-Laws that stipulate how decisions are made and define the interrelation among different administrative levels. There need to be job descriptions for all employees. The organization must provide information about its internal structures, including the names and duties of the people working for it.

      5)    Its financial reports must be completed professionally, audited by a chartered auditor and approved by authoritative bodies.

      6)    It is required to have issued at least one annual report outlining its work and activities.

      7)    Its activities must be compatible with the stated goals and objectives of its program.

      8)    The Chairperson of its Board of Directors, the Chairperson of its General Assembly, its Director General or its Executive Director must not occupy the following governmental positions: Minister, Deputy Minister or Director General in a Ministry.

      The Executive Committee considers applications for membership and presents its recommendation to the General Assembly for approval by at least two-thirds of the member organizations.

       

      Suspension of Membership

       

      The General Assembly can suspend or revoke the membership of any organization in the following cases:

      1.    If the NGO in question does not abide by the criteria of membership outlined above.

      2.    If it no longer embraces the goals and general principles of the Network.

      3.    If it terminates its programs and activities.