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Organizational Structure


Membership of NFN is open to all NGOs that are legally registered, self-governed and politically non-partisan. The NGOs that are eligible for membership are the ones that are committed to the empowerment of poor and excluded communities, and are working transparently and accountably using democratic governance approaches and are not preaching religion.



National Convention NFN holds a National Convention every three years attended by democratically elected representatives from the 75 district NGOs affiliated to NFN. The National Convention is the supreme body of NFN. The Convention, in addition to other functions, elects a new Executive Committee and amends the NFN Constitution as necessary.


Annual General Meeting

NFN holds an Annual General Meeting (AGM) every year. The AGM provides the overall direction for NFN’s work, approves the annual report of the Central Executive Committee and the audit report, and endorses NFN’s activities for another year. Executive Board The Executive Board is presently composed of 19 democratically elected members and oversees the development of NFN policies and the implementation of programmes. Board members serve voluntarily in their personal capacity for the organization. The Board also appoints the staff in the central secretariat and regional resource centres.


Regional Committees

NFN has five Regional Committees in all five development regions. Each committee is comprised of 7–9 members who are democratically elected from district representatives. The committees coordinate, cooperate and work as pressure groups for development initiatives, institutional capacity strengthening of regional level organizations and district chapters. The committees also address issues of regional importance and provide overall direction to and manage the regional resource centres.


District Chapters

The NFN District Chapters function in all 75 districts. They coordinate and develop relationships with the government and development agencies at the local level. The District Chapters implement NFN programmes, report to the regional and central secretariat, and manage district programmes. The Chapters also provide membership to other local NGOs, and network and lobby for social change initiatives at the local level. Each Chapter consists of 7–11 democratically elected members.


RPPD : Regional programme planning and delivery
District programme planning and delivery
PPD   :
Programme planning and delivery
Information management and communication
Finance, administration and human resource



This organization and management arrangement ensures that linkages between outputs and programmes can be easily identified and monitored. Each department is headed by an Executive Board Members and is responsible for the regular monitoring of and reporting on the department’s activities and outputs. While the Executive Director is in charge of overall programme planning and delivery through the regional committees and district chapters, the executive board and department heads play an important role in planning, designing and supervising projects and activities. The effective management of arrangements is critical to encourage and ensure a constant flow of information from one programme to another and from one level to the next. This will be fostered by the information management and communication unit.


NFN plans to implement projects and programmes both in consortium and independently. NFN’s projects will directly relate to the objectives of one or more of NFN thematic areas, and contribute to the overall purpose of the organization. The project management approach will be adaptive to enable the incorporation of additional cross-programme management as required.


Human Resources

To manage NFN and successfully implement this Strategic Plan, a core group of professionals is essential. These professionals will be recruited as required by NFN. Consultants who contribute to output will also be contracted on various terms, as and when needed.


NFN will be staffed by full or part-time employees, contractors or consultants including:

  • programme staff
  • general support staff
  • officers seconded for short to medium term assignments
  • project staff linked to specific project funding
  • consultant