These By-Laws have been adopted by the
Executive Committee of the African Educational Research Network,
hereafter referred to as AERN, at meetings organized
during the Sixth Boleswa Symposium in Gaborone, Botswana, August
7-11, 1995. AERN is a consortium of African and Northern
Mission of the AERN: The mission
of the AERN is to promote and support collaborations amongst
universities of Africa and the north that will contribute to
strengthening of research capacities in the areas of African
Membership: Membership is on an
institutional basis and is the determined by action of the
Executive Committee of the AERN. Invitations to affiliate may be
extended by the Executive Committee and individual institutions
may apply to become members.
Organization: Each member
institution will designate one representative as a voting member
of the Executive Committee. Institutions may send an alternate
with or without voting proxy. The Executive Committee will be
the sole governing entity within the AERN with its authority
limited to the affairs and activities of the network. The
administrative officer of the AERN is the Chair, selected by the
Executive Committee for two year periods which begin on July 1.
The Chair works closely with the Executive Committee on all
matters. An African and a Northern Coordinator serve at the
discretion of the Executive Committee and, as the title
suggests, have responsibilities and duties as assigned to them
by the Executive Committee. The Coordinators work closely with
the Chair on all matters.
AERN Meetings: The Executive
Committee will meet at least once a year. All meetings,
conferences and seminars will be determined by the Chair after
consultation with the Executive Committee. Matters such as the
frequency, except for the minimum stipulated above, venue and
agendas are at the discretion of the Executive Committee. They
will be organized and administered by the Coordinators who will
attend the Executive Committee meetings.
Election of the Chair: Six months
prior to the expiration of each two year term, the Coordinators
will consult the Executive Committee for recommendations
concerning the selection of a Chair for the following biennium.
Nominations will be submitted no later than May 1 after which
this information will be sent to Executive Committee members for
final vote. Persons may not be nominated without their knowledge
Appointment of Coordinators: The
Coordinators are appointed by the Executive Committee upon the
recommendation of the Chair. The African Coordinator will serve
from July 1, 1995 through June 30, 1996. The Northern
Coordinator will serve from July 1, 1995 through June 30, 1998.
Thereafter, they will serve three-year renewable periods.
Critical Site of the Organizations
for Administrative Purposes: The Executive Committee will
determine the organizational site of the AERN for periods of not
less than three years. The "host" university will accept
responsibility as fiscal agent for any funded interests of all
members. This does not extend to Network related individual
Change of By-Laws: These By-Laws
may be changed by a vote of two thirds of the Executive
Committee members present. Notices of change must be in the
hands of the Executive Committee members at least 30 days in
advance of the meeting.