Written by Edward Herbert, Social Media Coordinator, Amnesty International, @ed_herbert
Improving how Amnesty International operates is paramount to the success of the movement. To keep relevant there is always a need for meticulous evaluation and reporting on everything Amnesty does. For those of you reading this that don’t already know, every two years around 500 delegates and supporters across the world set aside time to gather and discuss where the movement is currently at and where it needs to be. This is known as the International Council Meeting (ICM). The ICM is Amnesty’s highest decision-making body and a significant element of its democracy in action. In general the core focuses are stated below:
- Focusing on strategy.
- Setting Amnesty’s vision, mission and core values.
- Determining the Integrated Strategic Plan (ISP) including its financial strategy.
- Establishing systems and bodies of governance and delegation for the movement.
- Electing members to governance bodies (which includes the International Executive Committee).
- Holding governance bodies and their members accountable
- Evaluating the movement’s performance against its agreed strategies and plans.
- Holding sections, structures and other bodies accountable.
While all of this is happening we will be running this blog as a way for those at the ICM to reflect on their thoughts and experiences throughout the week and to share some of the highlights of one of the most important Amnesty events. There will also be exclusive content from some of the speakers including video footage and after thoughts on topics they are addressing. Don’t forget you can join in the debate on Twitter via the hashtag #AmnestyICM or you can follow the profile @AmnestyICM so stay tuned and please SHARE anything you find of interest here as widely as possible!!!
If you are attending the ICM this year and want to write a blog and have it featured here, don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org