3 types of networks

A network is a group of organizations or group of individuals who pool skills, experience and resources, working towards common goals. A network creates venues for social action, and is sustained through jointly developed structures and communication.

Regional network

A network that works towards achieving changes in policies or practices at regional or sub-regional level. It is not sufficient to have members or activities in a couple of countries.

Global network

Aa network that includes partners from several regions of the world that work together to share information and to unite local and regional experiences on global level. A global network may facilitate information exchange, support and collaboration across regions and aims to influence policies and practices in regional, local and global contexts.

Consortium of networks

A network-led group of networks (where also other types of agencies or organizations may join) that come together in a partnership to work towards a common set of interrelated activities. Other types of agencies or organizations may be part of a consortium if there is demonstrated value-added to their participation and if their participation strengthens or complements the work of partnering networks in the consortium. Each member within the consortium is responsible to the group for fulfilling the obligations set out in the consortium’s memorandum of understanding. Therefore, every member of the consortium remains independent and has no say over another member’s operations that are not related to the common work of the consortium.

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