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4th ANNUAL ARNOVA-Africa/AROCSA CONFERENCE

Leveraging Technology for Effective Government and Civil Society: 
A Review of Africa’s Digital Renaissance and Innovations in Civil Society

 

 

PARTNER & LOCATION: STRATHMORE UNIVERSITY | NAIROBI, KENYA

DATES:  July 22-24, 2019

 

 

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About the Conference

 

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), and funded by the Ford Foundation, West Africa, 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 Overview

 

Leveraging Technology for Effective Government and Civil Society:
A Review of Africa’s Digital Renaissance and Innovations in Civil Society

 

The adoption and use of technology across the African continent has created an ecosystem that cuts across sectors and industries, and proactively facilitates: economic transactions; the building of social networks; the fueling of political movements; and the facilitation of education, trade, governance, and workplace efficiency.

One of the major roles of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) is drawing attention to social issues or state action and inaction in a manner that generates a corrective response from public institutions (Brynard & Mukamunana, 2002). A society in which CSOs adequately fulfill this role will also in effect have a transparent, accountable governance environment. Fulfilling this role would require the adoption and utilization of technology as a tool and an enabler, and technology driven data as both input to and output of transparent governance.

 

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Conference Purpose/Goal

 

The purpose of this conference is to accomplish two key goals:

  • Embark on an analysis of governance gaps in Africa, particularly those gaps that are the result of, or could be better plugged by increased and improved use of technology and data by CSOs.
  • To showcase how technology has and could positively transform the governance environment in Africa by improved CSOs monitoring of governance, as well as CSO self-monitoring.

Undergirded by empirical research and conceptual analyses as well as practitioners' insights, we hope to first, encourage the intellectual analysis of contemporary issues concerning data and technology consumption and production by CSOs in Africa. And second, highlight existing best practices, as well as the challenges of, and opportunities for data and technology uptake by Civil Society. We also hope to identify and showcase examples of how civil society organizations across the African continent have used innovative data and technology approaches to achieve results in their work.

 

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Conference Sub-Themes

 

We are coordinating content presentation options that address the following sub-themes in the context of TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENT in Africa:


1. Innovations in digital systems in the sciences, and digital governance for development;
2. CSOs monitoring government and self-monitoring as part of the digital innovation;
3. Collaboration of CSO/CSO and CSO/government.


While the conference will highlight these general themes, we also HIGHLY ENCOURAGE presentations and content (paper presentation, roundtable discussion, poster presentation, film screening) from all scholars and practitioners that focus on philanthropy and civil society in Africa.

 

 

Conference Format

 

The conference program will include the following:

  • Opening Plenary with a keynote speaker
  • Breakout sessions with presentations by 3 speakers
  • Roundtables discussions focusing on practitioner experiences
  • Poster exhibitions showcasing work done by CSOs
  • Pre-conference Skills Development Workshop for early career scholars
  • We will make room for a film screening on a relevant video documentary, or a Debate on a relevant issue if there are compelling submissions.

AROCSA is particularly interested in 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. Please specify your preference of presentation when submitting the summary paper.

 

 

Guidelines for Submission

 

Please contact the AROCSA office with your questions by e-mailing Anastesia Okaomee, aokaomee@arnova.org.

Steps on How to Submit a Summary Paper

1. Visit https://www.arnova.org/page/arnova_africa
2. Register to become a member of AROCSA, if you are not a registered member*
3. Submit a 600-word summary paper: Deadline for Submission –
March 8th, 2019
4. IF ACCEPTED, final submission of paper according to the guidelines/format by: May 25th, 2019

 

*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.   

 

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.

 

 

     

 

Important Dates

 

March 8th, 2019:                    Deadline for Submission of Summary Paper

May 25th, 2019:                       Final Submission of all Conference Papers

July 22nd – 24th, 2019:          Conference

 

 

 

Please contact the ARNOVA office with your questions by e-mailing Anastesia Okaomee, aokaomee@arnova.org.

 

 

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