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Join NIDOS now

Are you a Scottish international development organisation, or do you have a base in Scotland?

Join NIDOS now to enjoy a host of benefits, from networking to training. Membership will make your work more effective, so you can support more people worldwide. Join now.

We recognise the diverse roles played by different organisations, some of which place a particular focus on specific issues or places. More than half of our members operate with few or no full-time staff, but maintain valuable links to grassroots communities in their countries of interest.

Why join NIDOS?

  • You’ll benefit from networking with a friendly community of like-minded professionals from diverse, experienced and influential organisations.
  • You’ll maximize your organisation’s contribution to international development by strengthening your organisation, particularly with regards to effectiveness.
  • You’ll access support with fundraising to increase your organisation’s income.
  • As part of the NIDOS network you will help to influence the future of international development in Scotland and further afield.

Benefits of membership include:

For full details of services and benefits for members please click here.

Membership Categories

Full membership

Full Membership is open to any voluntary organisations meeting the following criteria:

  • they are not-for-profit organisations in Scotland and/or in England and Wales and;
  • they are either Scottish organisations, or have a base in Scotland
  • their only objective, or one of their primary objectives, is international development
  • their main objects are compatible with NIDOS' Charitable Purposes
  • they are non-partisan (motivated by broadly humanitarian and developmental objectives, which should not be secondary to partisan political or religious aims)

If you have any queries please contact us.

Individual membership

Membership in NIDOS is open to organisations only. However, we welcome your involvement through reading our newsletter, attending events and training, interacting with our effectiveness toolkit and supporting us and our members.

Membership Application

Annual fees for NIDOS membership fall into one of five categories, dependent on an organisation's total annual income and charitable status.

The application process:

  1. You submit an application form online and send us a copy of your organisation’s latest annual report and accounts. If your organisation is new and does not have a full year’s accounts, please submit a budget for the current year outlining planned income and expenditure.
  2. Your application is considered by the NIDOS Board of Trustees which meets quarterly.
  3. Once your application is accepted you will be invoiced for your annual membership fee. (Organisations joining part way through the subscription year (April - March) will pay the pro-rata proportion of the annual fee).
  4. When your fee is paid you will be a member of the network and your organisation’s profile, as submitted in your application, will appear on our member directory and your organisation will have full access to our services and networking opportunities.

Membership fees

April 2017- March 2018

Full member Very Small <£20,000 £43
Full member Small £20,000  - £100,000 £77
Full member Developing >£100,000 - £500,000 £230
Full member Medium >£500,000 - £1 million £408
Full member Large >£1 million £607

* based on annual UK income 


NIDOS’s Charitable Purposes

To increase the effectiveness and efficiency of voluntary organisations and charities working towards the relief of need anywhere in the world by:

  • contributing to international development by encouraging communication amongst organisations in Scotland committed to the elimination of inequality, poverty and discrimination worldwide;
  • increasing understanding of the international development sector in Scotland;
  • building the strength and capacity of the non-government international development sector in Scotland; and
  • providing a forum to discuss and present opinion on key issues of international development with decision-makers within Scotland, the United Kingdom and beyond.


Not in Scotland?

UK international development organisations that do not have a base in Scotland may wish to consider joining the following networks instead:

  • Hub Cymru - The Wales international development hub
  • CADA - The Coalition of Aid and Development Agencies in Northern Ireland
  • Bond – Network of international development organisations based predominantly in England

Join NIDOS now