If I am an associate member, what will you do to support me to become a full member?
The consortium will have a close working relationship with a range of infrastructure service providers, in particular (if successful) through the Transforming Local Infrastructure Programme, and will be able to draw on these providers’ expertise to build the capacity of associate members. The interim board has committed to formulating a capacity building plan for associates and the intention is to secure resources to underpin this. Capacity building interventions will need to be targeted explicitly at those aspects that move the organisation forward in terms of contract-readiness. For example, this might include guidance on externally validated QA systems.
One of the eligibility criteria for membership is commitment to a time bank. A key idea behind the time bank is for larger organisations to support smaller organisations to develop and build ‘contract-readiness’ capacity.