STATUTES of the Association for Multicultural Recovery Work

The association was founded on 16 November 2017 in Kristiansand under the name: Humanitarian aid to Kurds

 The name change and amendment of the articles of association were adopted at the Annual General Meeting on 16 February 2020 


§ 1 Name of the association: 
Association for multicultural recovery work 
(Foreningen for Flerkulturelt Recovery-Arbeid (FFRA))

§ 2 Purpose

The association is an interest organization for public health and life skills across cultures and ethnicities. 

The association works for people to be able to live meaningful lives and experience self-worth and mastery. 

The association is politically and religiously neutral. We work to reduce prejudice and stigma. 

We will promote alternatives to abuse of power and cultural beliefs that can lead to violence in close relationships and in society. 

Through public health information and recovery-oriented work, arenas for dialogue and openness will be created. We will work for language about shared experiences and acceptance of emotions that are traditionally culturally suppressed. 

The association shall disseminate experiences to public authorities, private actors and to society in general.

§ 3 Legal person

The association is self-owned and an independent legal entity with impersonal and limited liability for debt. 

    § 4 Members Membership 

Can be signed by private individuals who live and reside in Norway. Membership in the association is valid from the day the membership fee is paid. The members must commit to work for the association's purposes. The board may refuse or revoke membership if there are compelling reasons to do so. 

     § 5 Voting rights and eligibility 

All individual members have the right to vote and are eligible for positions of trust in the association. 

   § 6 Contingent 

The membership fee is determined by the annual meeting. 

   § 7 Remuneration of shop stewards 

Trade union representatives shall not receive remuneration for their positions.

§ 8 Annual meeting

The annual meeting, which is held every year in April, is the association's highest authority. The annual meeting is convened by the board with at least 4 weeks' notice, directly to the members and / or by announcement on social media. Proposals to be considered at the annual meeting must be sent to the board no later than two weeks before the annual meeting. The board considers incoming proposals and decides on the agenda for the annual meeting. Agenda must be available to members no later than one week before the annual meeting. All members have access to the annual meeting. The board may invite other persons and / or the media to be present subject to the approval of the annual meeting. In such cases, the annual meeting may decide on exclusion from individual cases. The annual meeting is resolved with the number of members attending. No one has more than one vote, and voting can not take place by proxy. 

The annual meeting shall:

  • Approve agenda 
  • Approve the notice 
  • Choose a chair 
  • Select referent 
  • Select two people to sign the protocol 
  • Choose two people for the counting corps 

The annual meeting may not consider proposals that are not on the agenda during the annual meeting. 

   § 9 Voting at the annual meeting 

Unless otherwise decided, a decision shall, in order to be valid, be taken by a simple majority of the votes cast. Blank votes shall be deemed not to have been cast. Elections take place in writing if there is more than one proposal. Only proposed candidates can be entered on the ballot paper. If several are to be elected by the same ballot, the ballot papers must contain the number of different candidates to be elected by the ballot in question. Ballot papers that are blank, or that do not contain proposed candidates, or other numbers of candidates than those to be elected, do not count, and the votes are considered not cast. 

 § 10 Tasks of the Annual General Meeting

The annual meeting shall:

  • Adopt and approve the annual report
  • Adopt and approve accounts in audited condition
  • Process received proposals for cases
  • Determine contingent
  • Process action plan / strategic plan for the coming year. Adopt budget proposals
  • Choice: Manager
  • Deputy chairman (elected internally by the board)
  • Cashier Board members Deputies, possibly
  • Auditors, 2 pcs
  • Nomination committee, 2 pcs.

  § 11 Extraordinary annual meetings

Extraordinary annual meetings are held when the annual meeting or the board so decides, or at least 1/3 of the members so require. It is convened in the same way as for ordinary annual meetings and with at least one week's notice. An extraordinary annual meeting can only consider and make a decision in the matters announced in the notice. 

§ 12 The Board

 The association is led by a board of at least 3 people. The board is the highest authority between the annual meetings within the framework given in the articles of association and the resolutions of the annual meeting. Board members are elected for 2 years. Board members can be re-elected for a maximum of two terms, and re-elected after a one-year break. If possible, there should be an overlap of 1-2 board members so that not everyone resigns at the same time.

Tasks of the board:

  1. Implement the provisions of the annual meeting and prepare proposals for an action plan / strategic plan.
  2. Supervise the day-to-day management and the association's activities in general.
  3. Appoint committees / committees / persons as necessary for special tasks and prepare instructions for these.
  4. Administer and maintain the necessary control of the association's finances in accordance with the instructions and regulations in force at any given time.
  5. Hire an employee and have employer responsibility for the general manager where applicable.
  6. Represent the association externally..

The board shall hold a meeting when the chairman so requests or a majority of the board members so request.

The board can make decisions when a majority of the board members are present. Decisions are made by a majority of the votes cast.

In the event of a tie, the chairperson's vote counts twice. The right to sign on behalf of the association shall be exercised by the chairman of the board and a board member jointly. If the association appoints a general manager, he or she must be able to sign and commit on behalf of the association.

The board gives a power of attorney to the chairman of the board and the general manager separately. In the case of purchases or account transfers of more than NOK 10,000, another board member must also approve the transaction in advance. 

  

§ 13 Amendment of the Articles of Association

 Amendments to these articles of association can only be made at an ordinary or extraordinary annual meeting after having been on the agenda, and a 2/3 majority of the votes cast is required. 

 § 14 Dissolution, amalgamation and division

 Dissolution of the association can only be considered at the ordinary annual meeting. If a resolution is adopted by at least a 2/3 majority, an extraordinary annual meeting is convened in accordance with § 11. In order for the resolution to take place, the decision must be repeated here by a 2/3 majority. A liquidation board can be elected to handle the liquidation. The ordinary board can be elected to the liquidation board, and will be given a position as the liquidation board if no election is made. After the dissolution and debt settlement, the association's assets shall accrue to the purpose the association works to promote by providing funds to another humanitarian organization that works for the same or similar target group. No members are entitled to the association's funds or share of these. Merger with other associations or division of the association is not considered a dissolution. Decisions on mergers / divisions and necessary amendments to the articles of association in connection with this are made in accordance with the provisions on amendments to the articles of association, cf. section 13. In this connection, the board shall prepare a plan for the merger / division which the annual meeting shall vote on. In the event of a merger or division, the consent of the association's creditors must be obtained. 

  § 15 Extensions 

The association is nationally covering, but locally established in Kristiansand at its foundation. If someone wants to establish a similar organization in their immediate area with the same purpose, they can take over these bylaws, just change the name. As the association's work expands, the associations can come together and then form a national association that can take care of communication with the authorities and more.