AARDO is a democratic organisation with members holding supreme authority within the framework of the Constitution. The basic organs of the Organization include: (i) the AARDO Conference; (ii) the Executive Committee; (iii) the Secretariat, besides the Liaison Committee. The membership of the Organization is open to all countries of the Afro-Asian region provided that it is a full or associate member of the United Nations or any of its specialised agencies, organisations and foundations concerned with the development of rural communities.
The Seventeenth General Session of AARDO Conference at Cairo, Egypt (2012)
The AARDO Conference is comprised of all members. The supreme authority regarding all matters relating to the Organization vests in the AARDO Conference. It determines the policy and programmes of the Organization; approves its budget and technical work programmes and exercises full control over the finances of the Organization. The Conference elects the President, two Vice-Presidents, one each from Africa and Asia and members of the Executive Committee. The General Session of the AARDO Conference is required to be held within 36 months, alternatively, in the continents of Africa and Asia on the basis of invitations received from its members.
The Sixty First Session of AARDO Executive Committee at Cairo, Egypt (2012)
: The President, the two Vice Presidents, and nine members constitute the Executive Committee. The term of the Executive Committee is in co-existence with the AARDO Conference. This Committee deals with all matters, which are entrusted to it by the AARDO Conference, and takes all steps to implement the decisions and policies of the Conference. It enjoys all the powers of the Conference during the interval of two (2) consecutive General Sessions of the AARDO Conference. The Committee meets normally once in a year however one session preceding the AARDO Conference and one session immediately after the conclusion of the AARDO Conference is to be held.
H. E. Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin (right), Secretary General, AARDO welcoming new Chairman of the Liaison Committee of AARDO, H.E. Mr. Youssef Mekkawy, Charge dí Affaires, Embassy of Arab Republic of Egypt at the AARDO Secretariat on 27 June 2012 during the 60th Session of the Liaison Committee.
The Liaison Committee is the general body of all the representatives of the diplomatic missions of the member countries located in India, and the representative of the Government of India. It is an advisory body whose main function is to guide the Secretariat. The other functions of the Liaison Committee are to review the activities of the Organization and to make recommendations to the Executive Committee.
The Secretariat of the Organization is located at New Delhi, India. The Secretary General is the Chief Executive having the duty to implement the policies and programmes of the AARDO. He/she functions as the Member Secretary to the AARDO Conference, the Executive Committee and the Liaison Committee. The Secretariat has qualified and professional personnel to implement the policies and programmes of the Organization under the overall guidance of the Secretary General.
For better coordination and implementation of its Work Programme, the Secretariat is assisted by five regional offices set up by AARDO, three in Africa and two in Asia. These regional offices are located at: Accra, Republic of Ghana for the Western Africa; Lusaka, Republic of Zambia for the Southern Africa; Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt for the North-Eastern Africa; Amman, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for the Middle East, and Seoul, Republic of Korea for the Far East. The main objective for establishing the regional offices has been to ensure that the true image of the Organization is constantly projected; ensure that the concerned countries remain assured of the services which AARDO renders; assist in publicising the activities and programmes of AARDO in view of the vastness of the Afro-Asian region; locate problems of the region and make recommendations to the Secretary General of AARDO for solving them; and assist in the execution of approved programmes, including organisation of seminars, workshops, conferences, etc. The Regional Offices are headed by Honorary Regional Representatives in their respective countries.
The current composition of AARDO's organisational set up is in the following table :
PRESIDENT Arab Republic of Egypt
Republic of Zambia
Republic of India
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS AFRICA ASIA Republic of Ghana People's Republic of Bangladesh Libya Republic of Lebanon Republic of Malawi Malaysia Republic of Mauritius Sultanate of Oman Federal Republic of Nigeria Islamic Republic of Pakistan Member Secretary Secretary General, AARDO
LIAISON COMMITTEE Chairman
H.E. the Ambassador of the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt in India
H.E. the High Commissioner of the Government of Republic of Zambia in India
Hon'ble Joint Secretary (IC), Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India Members Heads of Diplomatic, etc., Missions of member countries in India Member Secretary Secretary General, AARDO
AARDO SECRETARIAT, NEW DELHI
H E Eng. Wassfi Hassan El Sreihin
Assistant Secretary General : Vacant
REGIONAL OFFICES OF AARDO Country Region Name of the Regional Representative Cairo, Egypt North Eastern Africa Mrs. Aziza Youssef Mustfa Barakat Accra, Ghana Western Africa Mr. Ransford Agyepong Dankyira Lusaka, Zambia Southern Africa Mr Collins A Mulonda Amman, Jordan Middle East
Eng. Nart Nawraz Bakir Naguer
Seoul, R O Korea Far East Dr Sang-Mu Lee Islamabad, Pakistan Regional Office for South and Central Asia Brig. (Retd.) Amanullah
AARDO MEMBERS Member Contact Ministry Africa Burkina Faso Ministere Agriculture and Hydraulics Arab Republic of Egypt Ministry of Insurance and Social Affairs, Cairo Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Ministry of Agriculture, Addis Ababa Republic of Gambia Ministry of Local Government and Lands, Banjul Republic of Ghana Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Accra Republic of Kenya Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nairobi Republic of Liberia Ministry of Internal Affairs, Monrovia Libya Ministry of Agiculture, Animal & Marine Wealth, Tripoli Republic of Malawi Ministry for Local government and Rural Development, Lilongwe Republic of Mauritius Ministry of Public Infrastructure, National Development Unit,
Land Transport and Shipping
Kingdom of Morocco Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Fisheries, Rabat Federal Republic of Nigeria Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Abuja Republic of Sierra Leone Ministry of Internal Affairs and Rural Development, Freetown Republic of the Sudan Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, Khartoum Republic of Zambia Ministry of Youth and Sports, Lusaka
People's Republic of Bangladesh Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development & Cooperatives, Dhaka Republic of China (Taiwan) Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taipei Republic of India Ministry of Rural Development, New Delhi Republic of Iraq Ministry of Agriculture, Baghdad Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Amman Republic of Korea Ministry of of Agriculture, Food and
Rural Affairs, Seoul
Republic of Lebanon Ministry of Agriculture, Beirut Malaysia Ministry of Rural and Regional Development, Kuala Lumpur Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Muscat Islamic Republic of Pakistan Ministry of Education and Trainings Republic of the Philippines Ministry of Local Government, Manila Syrian Arab Republic Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, Damascus Republic of Yemen Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sana'a Associate Member Institute for Rural Development, Kenya
Sources of Finance
Annual membership contribution from member countries is the major source of income for meeting AARDO's expenditures on various technical programmes. The quantum of contribution from each country is decided by AARDO Conference from time to time on the basis of a formula with reference to the contribution payable by a country to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. In addition, AARDO organises its programmes by way of securing technical and financial assistance from international/regional organisations and institutions.
Besides, the membership contribution, the country governments of the Republic of India, Arab Republic of Egypt, Republic of China, Republic of Korea and Malaysia have also been providing generous assistance in implementing the technical programmes i.e., trainings, workshops, seminars, deputation of experts, etc.