Bureau et Conseil


WLUML’s open structure has been designed to maximize participation of diverse and autonomous groups and individuals as well as collective decision-making. WLUML does not have formal membership and networkers are a fluid group of individuals and organisations who maintain regular two-way contact with the network.

WLUML distinguishes between networkers and active networkers. A networker can be either an organization or individual that/who:

• Subscribes to WLUML’s principles and values and puts these into practice in their own context;
• Receives and engages with WLUML information; and
• Engages in two-way communication with WLUML Council members, Coordination Offices or sub-committees

An active networker/networking group, in addition furthers the work and vision of the network under the umbrella of WLUML by:

• Contributing/participating in WLUML initiatives - e.g. collective projects, solidarity work;
• Engaging in a consistent two-way interaction over a period of time with WLUML Council members, Coordination Offices or sub-committees that are undertaking on-going WLUML collective projects/activities;
• Taking responsibility for some aspect of WLUML’s work; and
• Being involved at the decision-making level, for example in the identification of critical issues.

The WLUML Council comprises 20-30 people involved in aspects of cross-regional networking within WLUML for a significant period of time. They take primary responsibility for developing and implementing the Plans of Action.

The International Coordination Office (ICO) has primary responsibility for facilitating coordination between networkers. Regional Coordination Offices are currently based in Pakistan (Asia) and Senegal (Africa and Middle East) and are responsible for coordinating network activities in their respective regions. Although legally and financially autonomous, they are key components of WLUML. Based on their connections with networkers, and their knowledge and understanding of networkers’ activities and contexts, the ICO and Regional Offices ensure that the relevant people in the network are meeting, strategizing, planning and acting so as to support each other and thereby strengthen local, regional and global effectiveness.