What is the role of Continental Associations in providing services to National Federations?
International Federations are responsible for supporting their National Federations in several ways, whether it be providing tools for development programmes or safeguarding good governance practices. Traditionally, Continental Associations are viewed as an integral channel for IFs to ensure that National Federations are both supported and monitored effectively.
But with any aspect of delegation or decentralisation, the role of continental Associations in providing services to National Federations is not without risk. It can, for instance, increase the possibility of miscommunication, with less efficient and effective services provided as a result. Similarly, IFs must trust that Continental Associations are fully-responsible and fully-committed to the achievement of the IF’s goals.
With this in mind, what should be the role of Continental Associations in providing support to National Federations? How much autonomy should they have in establishing their own supportive tools? And how can IF’s ensure that their relationship with Continental Association is both efficient and effective?
This Seminar looked at some of the different approaches that IFs can take regarding their relationship with their Continental Associations, hearing from an international organisation outside the world of sport, an IF itself, and a Continental Association who will offer their own perspective.
Speakers at this Seminar:
• Ray Saunders, Director of Knowledge Management, World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM)
• Zoran Radovic, Development Director, & Andreas Zagklis, Legal Director, International Basketball Federation (FIBA)
• Marko Vasic, Head of Member Federations Development, European Athletics