MDF is a knowledge sharing platform that aims to drive the sector by allowing networking opportunities among the practitioners and by providing a learning environment through its activities. While the entire industry can benefit from the work done through MDF, member organizations enjoy additional benefits.
A MDF membership increases credibility with donors, and other development partners. Contributing members to a particular theme or topic will be recognized as it is disseminated.
Access to exclusive resources and forum
Members have exclusive use of some website functionalities, such featured discussions and closed-group discussion. They can also access reports and studies of other organizations in the ‘resource’ section in the website. Members are invited to exclusive meetings participated by senior management of development partners such as donors and other INGOs, which is very important both on a personal and professional level.
Reduced registration to MDF events
MDF offers all members and associates discounted rates to its event, be it a training or a workshop or a fieldtrip. Although it depends on the host organization, we have seen number of times that they waive full/partial fee for other MDF members. In return, MDF promotes their activities and gets a pool of participants.
MDF is also currently in discussion with international networks and training centers to win discounted registration rates for its member organizations.
Ability to shape the learning agenda
Members set the agenda for MDF based on the challenges and opportunities they face in the field. Members create and lead working groups, while MDF provides facilitation. Members impact MDF governance through member-only events where they provide feedback on MDF strategy and vote for the board of directors. In short, Members decide MDF agenda whereas MDF facilitates through workspace, networking & expert leadership.
Great professional development opportunities
An MDF membership provides your staff excellent professional development opportunities through peer-to-peer learning activities, networking events, visibility in the industry, and opportunities to take a leadership role in the development of our learning agenda. Practitioners learn best practices that can be applied to their daily work to meet organizational objectives. MDF cultivates partnerships that benefit both parties through pooling of resources, positions & expertise.