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Current global political trends such as Brexit in 2016, the surprising electoral upheavals across continents, a complex confluence of nationalist populism, and African countries backing out of the ICC, among others, give clear indications of a pushback to globalization, paving way for a radical shift in global politics. As members of the global community, African countries will be affected directly and indirectly, and so must begin to dialogue on how to engage in this new world order.

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When: July 26-29, 2017
Where: Johannesburg
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CALL FOR PAPERS: GUIDELINES

 

AROCSA ANNUAL CONFERENCE

VENUE: JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

DATES:  26th July – 29th July, 2017

WEBSITE: www.arocsa.org

 

OVERVIEW

The Association for Research on Civil Society in Africa (AROCSA) was established in September 2015 in Accra, under the auspices of the Association for Research on Non-Profit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), to promote and advance a community of excellence in research and practice on civil society in the service of African development.

 

One of AROCSA’S main operational areas is to convene an Annual Conference which seeks to bring together scholars and practitioners for networking, learning and skills-building.  AROCSA is driven by the vision of an Africa where knowledge generation and dissemination on civil society by scholars reflect global excellence standards and propels development.

 

 

CONFERENCE THEME

 

“AFRICA IN A CHANGING GLOBAL CONTEXT: 

PEOPLE, PRODUCTION AND POLITICS”.

 

Current global political trends such as Brexit in 2016, the surprising electoral upheavals across continents, a complex confluence of nationalist populism, and African countries backing out of the ICC, among others, give clear indications of a pushback to globalization, paving way for a radical shift in global politics.  As members of the global community, African countries will be affected directly and indirectly, and so must begin to dialogue on how to engage in this new world order. 

 

On the African continent, some countries have, and/or continue to experience a mélange of political unrest, corruption, and human rights abuses.  In addition, extremist and terrorist activities have been on the rise in Africa; with the existence of groups such as Al-Shabaab in the East, Ansar Dine (Mali) and Boko Haram (Nigeria).  With all these in mind, one may ask “How can Africa as a continent learn from both past and current situations, and position itself well in the evolving global community”?

 

The rationale for the proposed theme is to identify strategies undergirded by empirical research and conceptual analysis and practitioners’ insights, and accomplish two key goals. First, encourage the intellectual analysis of contemporary issues in the global community and how to re-position Africa in the changing global context; and second, a diagnosis of the impact that governance of people, production and politics has in the development of the African continent.

 

Sharing of existing policies will encourage research as they are tested in new contexts. The aim of the conference is to highlight existing good policies and best practices in Africa. 

 

In this maiden AROCSA conference, which seeks to bring together researchers and practitioners in civil society, we will explore contemporary issues of African agency, given the current global trends.

 

 

 

CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS

The Conference is being organized by the Association for Research on Civil Society in Africa (AROCSA) in collaboration with the Association for Research Non-Profits & Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), and is funded by the Ford Foundation, West Africa. 

 

 

TOPICS

Papers that consider any of the following sub-themes are welcomed:

 

TOPIC/ FOCUS

OVERVIEW

1

Civic Affairs and Activism

§ The rise of civil society activism and civic action, results accomplished, challenges of civil society activism, and way forward, etc.

§ The history of Civil Activism in Africa and how it has evolved.

§ The role of volunteerism and civic activism in governance transformation.

§ Civic Activism in the African context.

2

Pedagogy

§ The teaching of CSO management, policymaking etc. in institutions of higher education;

§ Teaching of civics across levels of education. Students should be taught civics right from primary schools through to the tertiary level.

§ Teaching of volunteerism and its benefits to society.

§ Teaching of African Philanthropy and civil activism in higher education.

§ Teaching of “Best practice” and new models of good governance

§ The teaching of policy analysis and management in tertiary institutions.

3

Philanthropy

§ African models of philanthropy; what are they, and how different is it from other models elsewhere.

§ New directions in African philanthropy; how good are they from the old models, and how effective are they for Africans?

§ Islamic [venture] philanthropy: Obligatory or Voluntary? What does the Quran teach about philanthropy in Islam?

§ A comparison of African models of philanthropy with that of Europe and America.

4

Social Entrepreneurship

§ New directions in Africa; the use of social media

§ Models of cross-sector collaboration; success stories and lessons learnt.

§ Models for sustainability, innovation, etc.

§ The role of technology in social entrepreneurship

5

Public Policy

§ Effective/collaborative policy formulation in turbulent political contexts – models & best practices of good governance.

§ Existing models

6

Models (Best Practices) of Good Governance

§ Effective, performance of government – measuring the effectiveness of the judiciary; the legislature and the executive.

§ International and national observers’ role in elections

§ Mechanisms to measure performance of public officials.

7

Government and CSO

§ Public sector reform – success stories; what works well and why?

§ Frameworks and models for measuring good governance.

§ The role of Civil Society Organizations in governance.

8

Media

§ The use of new [digital] media, citizen journalism and citizen engagement in general

§ The balancing act of monitoring the media, ensuring press freedom and free speech, truth and accuracy.

§ Media disassociation with particular political parties and objectivity in political issues.

§ Regulating the existence of unauthorized media organizations.

9

Pracademics

§ Applying research and empirical evidence to grassroots work;

§ The application/use of big [meta] data in CSO work.

§ Bridging the gap between academic and practice.

10

Natural Resource Management

§ Governance and the Sustainability Discourse in Natural Resource Management.

§ Public Policy and Sustainable livelihoods in the extractive industry.

§ CSOs intervention in the management of our natural resources.

§ Public Policy and community-based natural resource management.

 

 

FORMAT OF THE CONFERENCE

The conference program will include an Opening Plenary with a keynote speaker, Roundtables, Poster sessions to showcase work being done by practitioners, Film screening on a relevant video documentary, a Debate on a relevant issue, and Skills Development Workshops.  There will also be breakout sessions and presentations on selected thematic areas.

 

Please specify your preference of presentation when submitting the summary paper.

 

 

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION OF SUMMARY PAPERS

The AROCSA Conference summary paper submission system is on-line.  To submit a paper, please go to http://www.arocsa.org and click on “submit a summary”.  If you have any problems, comments or questions, please contact the AROCSA office with your questions by e-mailing conference@arocsa.org.

 

AROCSA is particularly interested in empirical academic research, empirical, academic research papers, conceptual academic papers, especially those done in collaboration with civil society practitioners and poster presentations to showcase work being done by CSOs.

 

Steps on How to Submit a Summary Paper

 

1. Register to become a member of AROCSA, if you are not a registered member

2. Submit a 1,200-word summary paper: Deadline for Submission – March 31st, 2017

3. AROCSA review and acceptance, announcement and Feedback by: April 14th, 2017

4. Final submission of paper according to guidelines/format by: June 30th, 2017

 

The 600-word summary should include the following:

1.  A title that clearly identifies the conference theme being addressed;

2.  Problem or issue that will be addressed in the presentation;

3.  Topic’s relation to the state of knowledge in the field (including relevant literature);

4.  Methodological approach (including analytical strategy and data sources);

5.  A brief account of conclusion and its significance to an international audience.

 

The online summary submission is now open, and will be closed Friday, 17th February 2017 at 5:00 PM GMT.

 

Please note that you do not need to be a member of AROCSA to submit a paper. However, we encourage all authors who are not registered members of AROCSA to first register to be members of AROCSA, before submitting a summary.  

 

IMPORTANT DATES

March 31, 2017:                     Deadline for Submission of Summary Paper

April 14, 2017:                        AROCSA Review and Acceptance, Announcement and Feedback

June 30, 2017:                        Final Submission of all Conference Papers

July 2017:                               Conference

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