ico-D announces two new Corresponding Entities
DesignGhana and DesignLaos are granted special status with ico-D
The “Corresponding Entity” (CE) status was established to support emerging design associations who are not yet eligible to become Members.
Not a membership category, the “Corresponding Entity” status was introduced in the Bylaw changes of 2013 as a way to offer support to design communities in regions just beginning to organise themselves through the creation of professional associations. The Council recognises the difficulty of creating these kinds of organisations, especially in emerging economies. The Corresponding Entity status serves to provide support through sharing of industry standards and information, access to an international community and invitation to sit at international meetings to network, benchmark with related entities and relationship building with the ico-D Community.
From the ico-D Bylaws:
«Corresponding Entities: Membership-based Professional organisations whose objects are to influence and raise standards of design, whose activities are deemed important by the Council, but ineligible to be appointed to provisional membership, may be recognised as Corresponding Entities for a period of 24 months by the Executive Board.»
This May at the Board Meeting of 25-27 May in Vilnius, Lithuania, two entities were granted this status by the ico-D Executive Board: DesignGhana and DesignLaos. The status requests were approved based on the strategic development plans of the organisations and the context of their countries’ design environment. These entities will be the first to explore the Corresponding Entity process with ico-D, whose goal is to assist in strengthening the professional design status of the organisation in order to ultimately be eligible to join the ico-D membership as full Members.