Between the general assemblies, Global Doctors overall policy is conceived by the board. A culture in which the board delegates advocacy, project activities, communications, events and larger meetings to committees, is sought, while a close contact to the board is still kept. This contact is achieved by either a board member being part of the committee or by a designated committee member being invited to relevant board meetings. These committees can either be permanent or set up ad hoc. GD’s advocacy work is performed primarily by the advocacy group in close coordination with the board. GD’s communication work is performed by the communication group in close cooperation with the board.
- Transparency in the structure and clear repartition of roles between board and committees.
- Close contact between the board, advocacy group and communication group
- Regular meetings between the board and committees
- Designated contact persons in the board for the advocacy group and communication group
Members and member-oriented activities
GD is a multidisciplinary organisation, and GD’s members embody the organisation. We see it as strength that members have different professional backgrounds. Active members constitute an essential resource for the organisation, but the organisation must also be a resource for its members. We seek a large group of active members, who are held in their contributions by transparency of all activities, and a culture that easily allows them to engage themselves according to each member’s own abilities and wishes.
- Increased number of members among people with an interest in global health
- Increased activation of members
- Annual general assembly with focus on organisational development and management
- Annual public meeting with thematic focus within GD’s mission in order to enable knowledge sharing, discussions, information work, inspiration, recruitment and activation.
- Continuous information to members on possibilities for participation in activities in global health both in GD’s own auspices and with partners.
GDs income is based primarily on membership fees and project funding from donors. For this reason GD’s management budget is relatively small, which limits the development of new activities and professionalization of operational tasks.
- Ensure ongoing revenue to support the activities and administration
- Examine the possibility of long-term funding from e.g. Danida’s NGO funding or local partners applying for country allocations
- Exploring alternative sources of financing activities
- Global Doctors is run by volunteers, although with an external auditor and lawyer pro bono. In the first semester of 2014, for the first time, there will be two internships with public health students.Objectives
- In the long run there is a wish for a remunerated secretariat managing operational tasks
- Internships benefiting both GD and trainees
- New internship are yearly or semi-annually set up in accordance with the evaluation of the current internships
GDs internal communication addresses both communication to active members, passive members and potential members. Internal communication should be coherent in content and form with the communication that GD uses in its advocacy work.
Currently, communication platforms used are GD’s website, Facebook, email and brochures. All events relating to GD’s activities are advertised on the website, supplemented by emails and Facebook announcements. The Facebook page functions as an open forum.
- Easily accessible information between GD and GD members
- Communication must reflect transparency in the organisation activities and take place in a clear language
- Development of a communication strategy
- Expansion of the website to English
- Continuous communication to members about internal and external activities and events
- Mailing lists are actively updated semi-annually by appointing a person in charge of communication to work in close cooperation with the secretary general