Section 1: Name and
regional network has been formed to link organisations and individuals
involved in the application and development of animal traction technology. The
name of the network shall be the Animal Traction Network for Eastern and
Southern Africa (ATNESA).
objectives of ATNESA are to:
environmentally sound and sustainable systems of using animal traction in
a farming systems, farmer-oriented, and gender-sensitive approach to
animal traction development and research
and promote links between individuals and organisations engaged in using
draft animals and those carrying out animal traction research, extension,
training, manufacture and other related activities
and promote the dissemination and exchange of information, research
findings and experiences in animal traction
coordination and collaboration in development and research activities
and stimulate the formation of national animal traction networks
the performance and professional development of researchers and technical
personnel involved in animal traction activities through appropriate
assistance to network members on technical and organisational matters
relating to the planning, preparation, funding, implementation and
evaluation of their animal traction programmes
linkages between members and organisations capable of providing financial
and/or technical support
regional activities including biennial workshops, seminars, study tours
and professional visits
as a catalyst for the development of animal power in the region and assist
in the development of appropriate animal traction policies
Composition and language
The network shall be open to all individuals and organisations interested in
the network objectives. There are three main categories of members.
Eastern and southern African members comprise individuals, farmers'
associations, government ministries, research institutes, educational
establishments, agricultural development projects, non-governmental
organisations, manufacturers and other national or international organisations
in the region involved with animal traction technology
Donor members comprise organisations and institutions who provide
funding or comparable support to ATNESA
Associate members comprise individuals, organisations or complementary
networks based outside the region.
shall be the official language of the network. Where practicable, sympathetic
consideration will be given to network members whose working language is
Portuguese, French or an indigenous language and for whom communication in
English may be difficult.
General Assembly and Voting
General Assembly of ATNESA will be convened every two years, during a workshop
that has been widely publicised and which has a wide participatory base. The
General Assembly will:
the adoption and modification of the statutes by a majority of at least
two thirds of the voting members present
and adopt the report of the network Steering Committee and proposed action
plans for forthcoming activities
the network financial report
members of the Steering Committee.
Voting rights will be restricted to eastern and southern African
members and donor members (Article 3 categories i and ii)
At a General Assembly meeting, no single country or organisation is
entitled to more than one fifth of the voting power.
4: Steering Committee
Steering Committee will comprise:
Six (6) elected members from eastern and southern African countries
- Two (2) members representing donor agencies or international institutes, as
approved by the General Assembly.
the Steering Committee appoints a Network Coordinator, Network Administrator
or Technical Adviser, these will normally be expected to participate in
Steering Committee Meetings.
Steering Committee members may invite the participation of relevant
individuals or organisations that may assist their planning and deliberations.
Steering Committee will elect its own chairperson.
Committee members are elected at a General Assembly, and serve until the next
General Assembly, normally a period of two years. If they so wish, they may
stand for re-election for a second and final term.
elections are held, the General Assembly should strive to ensure that a
geographical, gender, disciplinary and institutional diversity is maintained
on the committee and that no one interest group dominates (eg universities,
government ministries, researchers). In normal circumstances, no two elected
committee members should be from the same country. The General Assembly should
aim to ensure that some continuity is maintained between the outgoing and the
Steering Committee will meet at least once a year to:
the work of the network
network activities and arrange for the implementation of decisions taken
by the General Assembly
and approve network financial matters
responsibilities for action to network members and appointed persons.
network will function largely through the interaction of the autonomous
national animal traction networks and direct contacts between the different
programmes in the region.
General Assembly will delegate responsibility for coordinating the network to
the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee will delegate day-to-day
responsibility for particular activities and actions to network members and
the first instance, the network secretariat will be operated on a voluntary
basis by the organisation that is about to host, or has just hosted, a major
workshop. In the longer term a permanent secretariat may be established
alongside a national programme or international centre.
Steering Committee may appoint people to undertake particular
responsibilities, on a full-time, part-time or intermittent basis. These may
- a network coordinator
- a network administrator
- a technical adviser.
persons will be responsible to the Steering Committee, who will determine
their terms of reference. Conditions of appointment will be determined in
liaison with the relevant funding agencies.
Section 6: Funding
funds may come from:
fees or other dues recommended by the Steering Committee and/or
the General Assembly
from member organisations or individuals
from donors for network coordination or specific network activities
fund-raising and income-generating activities.
delegated with undertaking network-funded activities, such as workshops, may
open temporary local bank accounts in the name of the relevant activity. They
will be expected to follow internationally acceptable financial control
procedures, and submit financial statements and reports to the Steering
network will establish a network bank account, in association with an
internationally recognised institution. The account will be administered by
that institution, acting on behalf of the Steering Committee. The Steering
Committee will prepare annual financial reports for the General Assembly.