Become a Member

Membership to MATA is open to independent individuals, civil society organisations or networks that are free from influence of the government and political parties. Membership applications of organizations from private or economic sector will not be considered. Every member must provide a short biography to register and this information will be kept in MATA Database.

MATA members will have the right to vote and elect regional and other MATA representatives. MATA membership is accepted on the proviso that decisions will be made via democratic practices such as consensus or voting. MATA members will regularly receive information about the activities of MATA as well as other information related to transparency, responsibility and accountability. The members will be given priority to participate in MATA activities (such as training).

MATA members must comply with the code of ethics of the membership as provided in the constitution of the Alliance. MATA members will cooperate and participate actively in the transparency, responsibility and accountability issues related to the management of natural resources in their respective regions. The main aim of their participation is to strengthen the collective demands of the civil society organisations. It is also a requirement to be forthcoming with information and assistance to fellow members with the MATA forum.

While undertaking activities under the name of MATA, the members are representatives of MATA and will be expected to behave and perform in a manner that aids constructive results for MATA and its activities. As representatives of MATA, they must consult among the members before making comments or before issuing statements to the public.

Code of Conduct

The follow expectations are made of all MATA members and employees:

  • Focus on diversity and respects religious and ethnic customs and traditions;
  • No discrimination at all with anyone MATA is in contact with, either within and outside the organization;
  • Every member will have mutual values and understanding with each other and will consult and collaborate;
  • MATA will value representativeness;
  • MATA members will respect each other;
  • The policy and orientation of MATA will be complied with;
  • MATA will always respond and act according to the issues brought forward by local community representatives;
  • MATA will advocate gender equality and not discriminate against women; and
  • MATA will not disclose information about the Alliance or issue statements to media that do not have prior approval to do so.

Terms and conditions of the MATA membership

  • Any interested and independent organization, network or individual persons can participate;
  • Members have the duty to represent the organization during the discussion and share the discussion points afterwards;
  • The discussion points will be decided in democratic approaches (e.g. voting, consensus, setting a negotiation period)
  • In drafting and submitting reports, priority will be given to the opinions of the relevant regional organizations;
  • Women must have the right to participate in proceedings and in decision-making;
  • Representatives can represent organizations or individuals;
  • Political parties cannot participate nor be represented; and
  • Members must provide information on their organizations as well as some reasonably requested persona information which will be kept confidentially by the MATA Coordination Office.

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