Our membership drive started in earnest in the autumn of 2017, and currently we have lawyers from the following organisations as members (and the list is growing...):
- The International Monetary Fund
- The Black Sea Trade and Development Bank
- The OPEC Fund for International Development
- The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
- The Asian Development Bank
- The Global Fund
- The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
- The Caribbean Development Bank
- The Council of Europe Development Bank
- The International Fund for Agricultural Development
- The Green Climate Fund
- The Nordic Investment Bank
- The New Development Bank
- The International Development Law Organisation
- The Inter-American Development Bank Group
- The International Finance Corporation
- The World Bank (represented by the Legal Vice Presidency)
- The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
- GAVI, The Vaccine Alliance
- The African Development Bank
The benefits of membership…
The ALIFDO Newsletter
Members will have exclusive access to ALIFDO's newsletter, the ALIFDO Gazette, which we aim to publish at least three times a year. The ALIFDO Gazette includes pieces of interest to all lawyers active in intergovernmental organisations committed to finance and development.
To provide more focussed and relevant information to our members we have created practice groups. Each practice group is lead by a practice group coordinator, who works at one of the institutions from where we have members.
Conference for Members
In early July 2020 we invited all ALIFDO members to a 2-day inaugural conference in London, for networking and information exchange.
Sadly, due to the coronavirus crisis we had to cancel this event.
The conference would have been free thanks to EBRD hosting us. There would also have been a session in the afternoon of 10 July 2020 hosted by law firm Allen & Overy, followed by drinks.
This would have been a first of a kind event, and a great opportunity for networking and getting to know lawyers from other IFIs.
Lawyers who work at organisations who would be eligible for membership, but who have not yet become members, were also welcome to attend, and also at no cost.
We are now planning this conference for the summer of 2021. EBRD has again kindly agreed to host us. A decision on whether such a conference is feasible will likely be made in early 2021.
The ALIFDO Directory
In 2018 we published our first ALIFDO Directory, which includes information on ALIFDO members, including their title, work coordinates and primary practice areas. Of course, when applying for membership you will be asked whether you agree for your information to be listed in this directory! The ALFIDO Directory is a members-only publication, and hence is not available on this website.
The ALIFDO Journal
There exist only a limited number of journals that focus on in-house lawyers, and even fewer that do so in the international space. There are none that focus on what we do in intergovernmental organisations committed to finance or development!
Members will have free on-line access to the Intergovernmental Organisations In-house Counsel Journal, ALIFDO's law journal, a publication of in-depth articles on topics of interest to lawyers working in development and finance as it pertains to our organisations. The first edition of the Journal was published in May 2020.
How can I become a member?
Only individuals can become members of ALIFDO. However, until we have the administrative capacity to accommodate individual membership applications, individuals can only become members under a group application that is submitted by a senior-level legal officer in your organisation (typically, the General Counsel).
The current membership period is three years (from January 2020 until January 2023), and the membership fees are determined on the basis of the number of lawyers working in your organisation, whether as part of the legal department, or elsewhere in the organisation. Membership fees can be pro-rated for applications made in the middle or towards the end of the three-year membership cycle.
If you would like to become a member under a group application, please first reach out to your general counsel or other appropriate senior legal officer in your organisation, and let them know about us. They can then contact us directly at email@example.com.
Alternatively, you can get a group of lawyers together yourself and then submit the required forms. ALIFDO is completely separate and independent from the institutions from where lawyers are members, and membership is individual. Unfortunately, we can only accommodate one umbrella application per institution, - we have no admin staff! - , so we would ask you to make sure you have reached out to all the lawyers in your department before sending us an application, so that noone is left out. Feel free to contact us to discuss further: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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1. Can I apply for membership myself?
2. I work in a legal capacity, but I’m not registered to practise law. Can I become a member?
3. I’m a lawyer, but I don’t work in my organisation’s legal department. Can I become a member?
4. I work in academia. Can I become a member?
5. I’m a lawyer, but don’t work for an intergovernmental organisation, can I become a member?
6. How much does membership cost?
7. I work for an intergovernmental organisation, but I’m not certain it is one that is committed to finance or development?
8. I'm a member, and want to get involved in the organisation. How do I do that?