Become a member

Child Rights Connect warmly welcomes new members. We currently have more than 80 members, including international and national NGOs and child rights coalitions. Together we are a powerful voice for child rights within the UN.

If you are an NGO, coalition of NGOs or child/youth-led organisation is directly involved with any aspect of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), why not think about joining us? It could help you be even more effective than you are now.

Why join Child Rights Connect?

When you join Child Rights Connect, you join one of the largest international networks for child rights. We have a unique and excellent working relationship with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and other UN experts. Our membership covers every country on the planet.

Child Rights Connect members have influenced major child rights development over the past three decades including all of the UN treaties on child rights. Working together, we can achieve so much more for children’s rights.

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As a member of Child Rights Connect you can benefit by:

  • Accessing expertise on UN Human Rights mechanisms
  • Receiving information about children’s rights issues and child rights-related developments at the UN
  • Receiving information about other member organisations
  • Leveraging your work by participating in joint activities, events and advocacy
  • Participating in the network’s Working Groups or initiating Working Groups on your priority issues
  • Participating in Task Forces
  • Benefitting from capacity building activities of the network, learning from others and sharing expertise with others
  • Promoting your organisation’s work to a global audience
  • Networking, sharing and exchanging knowledge and experience within the network, enlarging personal and professional networks
  • Influencing the strategic development of Child Rights Connect by:
    • actively contributing to the development of policies and strategies
    • participating in the General Assembly;
    • being elected as a member of Child Rights Connect’s Executive Committee

Membership Criteria

The membership of Child Rights Connect is open to independent civil society organisations and networks of NGOs, which are committed to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and to the Vision and purpose of Child Rights Connect.

Organisations which are members of coalitions or umbrella organisations are encouraged to work with Child Rights Connect through their mother organisation.

In order to apply for membership, organisations need to

  • fulfill these criteria
  • be ready to fulfil all member responsibilities and to commit to make additional contributions to the network
  • be recommended for membership by at least one member of Child Rights Connect


Member Responsibilities

As a member of Child Rights Connect you are responsible to:

  • Fully adhere to the Statutes amd Organisational Policies and Rules of Child Rights Connect
  • Pay annual membership fee in advance of the General Assembly and provide annual budget and accounts of member organisation/coalition
  • Ensure allocation of time/human resources for the engagement with the network, in order to contribute to the strategic objectives
  • Inform the Secretariat of any significant changes in the organisation, such as change in contact person, name change, change of statutes, vision or mission, or dissolution of the organisation
  • Inform the Secretariat of your separate work, that might be overlapping or conflicting with the work of the network


Member Commitments

In addition to the basic responsibilities, members are invited to commit to the following:

  • Participate in and contribute to the General Assembly, surveys and consultations, and other Child Rights Connect events
  • Engage in joint advocacy
  • Participate in and contribute to Working Groups and Task Forces
  • Share information, good practices and expertise with the network
  • Work towards the Vision, Mission, and Strategic Objectives of Child Rights Connect
  • Establish links and partnerships to other networks and coalitions
  • Create and use synergies
  • Increase Child Rights Connect’s visibility
  • Raise awareness about Child Rights Connect to potential new members and donors and invite them to join and support.
  • Raise funds for joint projects
  • Support Child Rights Connect’s core functioning with additional funds

Additional information, read the Network Concept

How do you become a member?

Organisations fulfilling the member criteria are invited to apply for membership by contacting

The deadline for applications is December 31st of each year.

The Executive Committee reviews applications on an annual basis and recommends organisations fulfilling all criteria and requirements to the General Assembly for admittance.

The Executive Committee reserves the right not to recommend organisations to the General Assembly at their own discretion.

We look forward to working with you!