The TDHIF has set up a structural model of autonomous organisations working together to achieve shared goals in accordance with common values and principles. It is a “family network”, whose members share the same name, use similar methods, and collaborate together as and when this adds value to their actions.
The TDHIF is composed of ten member organisations, located in Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland (Terre des Hommes Foundation in Lausanne and Terre des Hommes-Switzerland).
It functions through an International Secretariat (IS) based in Geneva, Switzerland, and in January 2002 it opened a European Union Liaison Office in Brussels. The IS ensures coordination among the Terre des Hommes organisations, and representation at international and European level.
The General Assembly (GA), including all the member organisations, is the highest decision-making body. It meets once a year, defines the global vision and elects the International Board, which is responsible for implementing GA strategies and supervising the work of the International Secretariat offices in Geneva and Brussels.
The TDHIF Chair, two vice chairs and the treasurer are appointed by the International Board.
The International Board (IB) of the TDHIF is composed of and represented by a delegate and a deputy of member organisations. Its members were elected last time in March 2016 for a 3 year mandate. The IB is composed as follows :
Lysiane André (TDH France), Chair
Albert Jaap van Santbrink (TDH Netherlands) and Albert Recknagel (TDH Germany), Vice-Chairs
Franziska Lauper, Treasurer
Representative of TDH Switzerland
Representative of TDH Foundation/Lausanne
Representative of TDH Italy
Representative of TDH Luxembourg