How to become a partner
Workcamp with Refugee children, Switzerland (2011)
SCI is open to cooperate with new partner organisations, especially in countries or regions where there is no SCI presence yet (please check SCI in the world to find out where we work!).
Ofcourse, partner organisations of SCI need to share SCI´s mission and values and obviously show an eager desire to cooperate. SCI finds it important that the partner organisations are non-profit organisations with democratic structures that allow for active involvement of volunteers of all national, religious, cultural, social and other backgrounds and of all ages. Partner organisations of SCI are also expected to organise regular volunteer activities with international volunteers.
The partnership procedure consists of a few phases:
- The working group (or in case of absence of a working group: the International Executive Committee) approves the volunteer exchange with the new organisation and on the possible terms of cooperation.
- Cooperation starts and is evaluated annually. After two years of exchange SCI decides whether the cooperation is succesful or not. If yes, the new organisation becomes a partner organisation.
- The organisation can also apply for SCI Group status after a succesfull evaluation period. Groups are members of SCI with voting rights at the International Committee Meeting.
The above is a brief summary of the official SCI Partnership Regulations, that were approved recently at the International Committee Meeting 2012. The rules vary according to the circumstances under which new organisations apply for partnership status with SCI. For example, in countries where SCI already has a presence, the procedure is different from the above. If you want to know more, you can download the Full Partnership Regulations here.