ICA Regional Branches: an introduction
The Regional Branches are one of the most immediate benefits for ICA members. The 13 branches cover the globe and enable ICA members in the same region to come together on matters of mutual interest.
The branches enable members to participate in professional debates while respecting the cultural diversity and traditions of their regions.
Each branch has its own leadership, identity, and approach, whilst adhering to the overall ICA Mission and Aim.
An individual Branch will decide on its own priorities and sometimes deliver these in its chosen languages (as well as English and/or French or other languages). Some branches have their own secretariat and budget.
Branches undertake a diverse range of activities to meet their members needs in that region.
They meet regularly, create communication networks, hold workshops and training, and deliver publications.
Furthermore, Regional Branches are an important element in enabling ICA to deliver its Mission. They may deliver elements of the professional programme developed by the Programme Commission and they can apply to ICA for project funding. And, of course, the International Congress every four years provides wonderful opportunities for branches to demonstrate their work, meet up and collaborate with other branches.
Branches are represented at a global level by the Chair of Branches. Rita Tjien-Fooh, Director of the National Archives of Suriname and Chair of CARBICA, is currently Chair of Branches.
As an ICA member you can become a member of your Regional Branch on joining. Some branches, but not all, levy an additional membership fee. To learn more about joining a branch and joining instructions click here.
To learn more about the individual branches and see a full list of the branches click here.