The NGO Small Islands Organisation (SMILO) was officially established on December 7, 2016.

Its aim is to carry out projects that actively contribute to a better balance between human development and the management of resources on islands. It operates mainly on small islands (< 150 km2) around the planet using various methods (promoting good practices and innovative solutions, networking and cooperation between peers, technical and institutional support, investments and certification).

The NGO will help to initiate integrated territorial projects, in collaboration with all the stakeholders on the following themes: water, energy, waste, terrestrial and marine biodiversity and ecosystems, landscapes, cultural and socio-economic development and land-use planning.

SMILO network consists of several entities:

  • the islands, whether they are partners, or candidates or recipients of the label
  • the association with its general assembly, its board of directors, its bureau and its technical office in charge of supporting and developing the SMILO program
  • the pool of experts/facilitators who bring their technical support to the Islands
  • the assessment committee whose aim is to give its opinion for each of the islands to obtain the label

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General Assembly

The General Assembly deliberates on the association’s policies, and is composed of the following members:
  • Founding members

People who created the NGO, guarantors of the objectives and ethics that are at its origin. They are ex-officio members of the Council Administration.

  • Representatives of the Island Committees

These are individuals who have been designated by the Island Committee that they represent. An island Committee is represented by one single person that can sit on the college of the Island Committee representatives.

  • Island life contributors

Those considered island life contributors are any person - or legal entity - who actively participate in the life of the island and meet the SMILO definition. They can be an Island Committee member.

  • Institution and network representatives

These are representatives of institutions and networks involved in the development of SMILO general objectives.

  • Qualified individuals

Those considered as qualified are people providing specific skills, in relation to the island and the issues they may encounter, to help the association.

In addition, any other person - moral or physical - interested in the object of the NGO may have the quality of :

- sympathizer, in the absence of donation

- benefactor, in case of donation

This status allows privileged acess to SMILO events and ressources. On the other hand, it does not confer the right to vote on the assembly. 

Board of Directors

The Board’s objective is to implement the General Assembly’s decisions, to organise and coordinate the life of the association within the framework set by the statutes and the rules of procedure.

The Board of Directors is composed of representatives of the following colleges:

  • Founding members

Maxime Prodromides
Roger Estève
Sylvain Petit
Fabrice Bernard

  • Island Committee representatives

Tatienne BE - représentante du comité insulaire de la Mer d'Emeraude (Madagascar)
Tommy Melo - représentant du comité insulaire de Santa Luzia (Cap-Vert)

  • Island life contributors

La Commune de Gorée représentée par Annie Jouga
La Fondation SULUBAAI représentée par Frédéric Tardieu

  • Institutions and networks

PIM (Small Islands of the Mediterranean)
GLISPA (Global Islands Partnership)

  • Qualified individuals

Guillaume Thiériot (Facilitator, Bolama Island)
Antonio de Abreu (Facilitator, Principe Island)


The Bureau’s objective is to ensure the association’s day-to-day management and to prepare the Board of Directors meetings.

It is formed by:

  • Maxime PRODROMIDES, president
  • Tatienne Be, vice-president
  • Annie Jouga, vice-president
  • Roger ESTEVE, Treasurer
  • Antonio DE ABREU,Secretary


SMILO Secretariat is composed of two positions:
  • the Executive Secretary
  • three Project Officers


To find out more about the composition of the NGO, please click on the following link :



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