Integral is governed by its Board, which is made up of the CEOs of all of its Member Agencies and helps set the strategy for Integral. A smaller Board committee called the Executive Committee (ExCo) works with the Secretariat to implement the strategy.
The Secretariat is headed up by the CEO (based in Belgium), who coordinates the Secretariat team – consisting of a part-time Head of Communications and Marketing (based in the UK), a part-time Head of Disaster Response and Programmes (based in the UK), a part-time Support Coordinator (based in the UK), and a part-time Information Coordinator (based in the UK).
The Integral Secretariat:
- works with the Board to set the strategy and direction for Integral
- implements and outworks Integral’s strategy
- facilitates and runs the face-to-face meetings of all its groups
- oversees collaborative projects
- provides virtual sharing platforms for its Members, especially after disasters
- provides a space for learning and reflection
- coordinates prayer for the work of Integral and its Members
Integral was launched as an alliance in October 2004 in Toronto. Prior to the start of Integral there was a 2-year consultation period in which the desire and will to model a new collaborative way of working was discussed and tested.
The rationale for Integral is to encourage, support and co-ordinate the efforts of the 22 Christian relief and development agencies who make up its membership. Integral provides opportunities for Members to maximise their efficiency and effectiveness particularly following a major disaster. A core belief of Integral is that more poor people are helped by collaborative working, which includes sharing best practice, learning, personnel, projects and resources.
The main focus of Integral is Disaster Management. This means looking at ways for our Members to work together in disaster mitigation and preparedness, when disasters happen, relief and rehabilitation responses, and all the way through to development interventions.
Integral has two strategic objectives outside of its work in disasters – to create learning spaces to share strengths, best practices and strategic issues, and to build a strong relational alliance that encourages collaboration.
Integral Members are very different, varying in size, operational capacity and culture. The single unifying factor is strong underlying Christian values and a belief that more people can be helped by working collaboratively.
Can any organisation working in relief and development join Integral?
Membership in Integral is by invitation only. New Members must meet the following criteria:
- Proven quality in relief and development work.
- Proven operational capacity or proven relationships with institutional donors or some evidence of ability to access relief funding.
- Organisations, as above, that accept Integral’s philosophy of work, its shared core values, vision, quality standards and any other Integral Board agreements.
- National Christian relief and development organisations which fund projects beyond their national borders.
Relief Priority: In addition, priority will be given to potential new members who can actively support Integral’s relief strategy, including strategies and actions to build on relief work toward longer-term development.
No. Integral only works through its Members. Integral Members run and support projects in over 90 countries, across 40 sectors, and have a network of over 580 local partners.
Integral is funded through Membership fees.
The Integral Disaster Response would be initiated if two or more Integral Members are responding. The aim of Integral in times of disasters is to co-ordinate responses to ensure Members don’t duplicate efforts, making sure all aspects of the disaster are covered and acted upon.
Integral is a close alliance of international relief and development agencies raising funds in their headquarter countries to support their own work, or work with partners in countries around the world. The Micah Network is a group of over 619 Christian relief, development and justice organisations from 88 countries.