About C4D Network

The C4D Network is a global community of professionals working in communication for development (C4D). We are a membership-based Network with members based in academia, media, donor agencies, NGOs, the UN, the public and private sector as well as independent consultants. We work together online and offline by enabling members to share knowledge and experiences through social networking, special events and country meet-ups.

Network Mission, Aims and Principles

Mission

The mission of the C4D Network is to support those working in the field of communication for development and to support the increased effectiveness and impact of communication for development, as a sector and area of practice, for the achievement of international development and human rights goals.

Aims

The C4D Network aims to achieve its mission by:

  • Building C4D Community:  Connecting and networking people and institutions that are engaging with communication for development around the world.
  • Building C4D Knowledge: Exchanging and sharing the latest communication for development news, events, resources and thinking.
  • Building C4D Capacity: Supporting learning and capacity development for C4D professionals and institutions around the world.

Principles

We ascribe to the C4D principles of participation, social justice and equity. In addition, the Network is based on a principle of inclusivity – as a professional network new membership is vetted, however the Network aims for all C4D enthusiasts to feel at home and welcome; whether highly experienced consultants or newly emerging talent. The free membership option is there to ensure that cost is not a barrier to participation.

Network Policies

Network Country Chapters

Country Chapters are national level parts of the C4D Network. They are a group, comprising of individual Network Members and institutional Associates in-country.

Country Chapters are self-organising groups that organise events and coordinate amongst Network members in-country.

Generally, Chapter events consist of networking events where members get together informally; some Chapters also organise talks, screenings and other initiatives.

Each Chapter’s Coordination Team is responsible for the activities of each Country Chapter, and for the alignment of the Country Chapter with the values and principles of the Network.

Every new member is registered on the Network with a 'base' country, generally where they are located. However, any Member or Associate is also welcome to join any other country chapter in interested in following C4D developments in that country.

Network Structure

 

The Network is a Founder organisation that seeks to become a member-led organisation. It is presently managed by a Secretariat, and new representative systems are being developed for member-led management.

C4D Network Secretariat

 The C4D Network Secretariat Team are based in Oxford and Vienna and support the Network through online and offline coordination, events organising, curating information and sharing resources.
  • Jackie Davies is the Founder of the C4D Network, responsible for partnerships, business development and training.
  • Nicola Sutherland is the Editor of the C4D Network, responsible for the content and membership management.
  • Edwar Hanna is Programme Manager of the C4D Network, responsible for projects and consultancies.
  • Becky Boumelha is Administrator of the C4D Network, responsible for office and financial administration.
  • Angelo Matinada is the C4D Network Manager, responsible for representing the Network and organising Network projects and events.

The Secretariat provides guidance and support for evolving Country Chapters, and it provides central promotions and membership communication. To reach the team contact admin@c4d.org.

Global Management Team

In 2017 the C4D Network will start to be managed by a Global Management Team which will consist of nominated representatives from constituted country chapters plus representatives of the Secretariat. This will be through a monthly group Skype call. Reps from emerging and formalising country chapters will be welcome to attend as observers. Network associates will also begin to be part of the structure. The Global Management Team will make decisions about the global administration and management of the Network.

Advisory Team

In 2017 the C4D Network will start to be managed by a Global Management Team which will consist of nominated representatives from constituted country chapters plus representatives of the Secretariat. This will be through a monthly group Skype call. Reps from emerging and formalising country chapters will be welcome to attend as observers. Network associates will also begin to be part of the structure. The Global Management Team will make decisions about the global administration and management of the Network.

The interim Members Executive Committee that was established in 2015 has been retired and will be reconstituted as an Advisory team once more, with representation from the great and the good the C4D community to guide the strategy and developments of the Network. We thank all participating members.

Associates & Partners Board

In 2017 the C4D Network will also begin more regular communication with and amongst Associate institutions, and will have an annual gathering of Associates and strategic partners – for mutual information sharing as well as to strategize about ways forward as a community of C4D practitioners.  

Network Information

Network Entity

 

The C4D Network is a registered not-for-profit organisation (registered in England and Wales as a limited company by guarantee, non-disbursements; company number 07734410, incorporated August 2011).

Network Funding

As a membership-based organisation the C4D Network is not centrally funded. The Network has a subscription-based financial model with members having the option to subscribe as a ‘plus’ member to support the Network and gain additional benefits. Associate subscriptions forms the foundation of the funding source.

The Network does not fund new Country Chapters; however, Chapters can fundraise for their own activities – projects and events. As an organised community of C4D people in a country there is potential to pursue country-level fundraising and other initiatives. However, Chapter activities will in principle always be free to participants, or minimal cost, because unrestricted networking and C4D knowledge-sharing is a central aim of the Network.