The strength of IDDC lies in its membership's diversity, including Development Organisations, Organisations representing Disabled People's Organisations and mainstream organisations. IDDC focuses on inclusive development rather than just disability.


The unique nature and strength of IDDC gives members a great added value:

  • Access to field experience and advocacy at national and international level
  • Enabling and supporting partners in the field
  • Bringing together diverse agencies who focus on disability and development

Membership and Partnership of IDDC

Since the IDDC General Assembly 2011 there are three membership categories:

  • Full Membership: non-governmental organisations according to national law who are involved in and committed to inclusive development, and who are committed to a human-rights approach.
  • Associate Membership: international member-based networks possessing legal status (structured with a Board and composed of at least 10 independent national organisations) and having a focus of their work on the South
  • Individual Membership: those working independently in the field of inclusive development.

If your organisation does not meet the requirements specified in the membership categories you can express your interest to be in partnership with IDDC. This will be based on a Memorandum of Understanding to be agreed between the Partner and IDDC.

Procedure for applying for Full Membership:

Decisions on Full Membership are voted upon at the IDDC General Assembly, which takes place annually. If you're interested in becoming a Full member of IDDC you should submit an application letter to the IDDC Board at least three months in advance of the General Assembly to guarantee consideration. The letter should contain:

  • Reasons for the application, stating how the NGO perceives it can contribute to and benefit from IDDC.
  • Evidence of ability to meet the membership criteria
  • Documents that provide evidence of legal status and the ethos of the organisation, e.g. Legal Statutes, Annual Report, financial accounts.

The Board then decides whether the application meets the criteria and if it does, will circulate the application to IDDC members for comments and questions. If the Board decides that the application does not meet the criteria, the applicant may submit their application directly to the General Assembly.

A period of not more than two months will then take place for mutual discussion between the prospective NGO and IDDC members. The latter will consider the contribution of the NGO to the overall balance of membership within IDDC and the potential benefit to IDDC as a whole. Criteria could include: geographical location, focus or speciality of the NGO, type of NGO (e.g. service provider, DPO, mainstream development organisation). At the end of this period, if there is no opposition from IDDC members, the prospective member will be invited to the next General Assembly of IDDC. Participation in the GA will enable all parties to get to know each other and to make a final decision. The prospective NGO is not present when the GA takes a vote on their possible membership.

Download the Application Form for Full Membership

Procedure for applying for Associate Membership:

The procedure to obtain Associate Membership is identical to the procedure for Full Membership (see above).

The number of Associate members should not exceed one third of the Full members.

Download the Application Form for Associate Membership

Procedure for applying for Individual Membership:

Decisions on Individual Membership are formally voted upon at the IDDC General Assembly, which takes place annually. If you're interested in becoming an Individual Member of IDDC you should submit a request in writing to the IDDC Board. The letter should contain:

  • Reasons for the application, stating how you perceive you can contribute to and benefit from IDDC
  • Evidence of ability to meet the membership criteria

The Board of IDDC will decide whether the application meets the criteria and if it does, will circulate the application to all IDDC members for comments and questions. A period of at least two months for mutual discussion between the prospective applicant and IDDC members will then take place. IDDC members will consider the contribution of the individual to the overall balance of membership within IDDC and the potential benefit to IDDC as a whole.

At the end of this period, if there are no objections, and there is approval from 75% of the membership, then the membership can be approved provisionally, until formally voted upon at the IDDC GA.

Download the Application Form for Individual Membership