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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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OVERVIEW

The 2019 ARNOVA-Africa/AROCSA Conference will take place at Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya from 22nd  – 24th July, 2019.  The theme of this year’s conference is “Leveraging Technology for Effective Government and Civil Society: A Review of Africa’s Digital Renaissance and Innovations in Civil Society  The conference will draw its participants from academia and practitioners in the civil society space. About ten percent (10%) of the conference attendees will be students.

 

FORMAT OF THE CONFERENCE

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

 

ABOUT AROCSA

The Association for Research on Civil Society in Africa (AROCSA) seeks to create a platform for meaningful engagement of scholars and researchers, practitioners in civil society, business and policy makers, and other stakeholders, with the goal of knowledge generation and dissemination on civil society by African scholars and practitioners, reflecting global excellence standards and propelling development on the continent.  

 

AROCSA was founded in September 2015 in Accra, Ghana, under the auspices of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) and with support from Ford Foundation, to promote and advance a community of excellence in research and practice on civil society in the service of African development.  

 

There are multiple, stand-alone efforts to encourage research and knowledge-sharing on the ‘third sector’ globally, and this is evident in the existence of various organizations, conferences, academic journals etc. in various parts of the world.  In Africa, the contemporary complexities of governance and relationships between sectors – public, private, non-profit, and academia -- has led to the rise in the relevance of civil society and the citizen sector in general. It is therefore crucial to have a continent-wide organization that will serve as the bedrock of advancing knowledge and practice in the area of civil societies in Africa. This is why AROCSA was set up. 

 

AROCSA expects to operate in the five areas listed below: 

  • The creation of a fund to support research and scholarship on civil society in Africa 
  • An annual conference bringing together scholars and practitioners for networking, learning, and skills-building  
  • A regional academic journal focused on African civil society 
  • Fellowships for doctoral students and civil society professionals 
  • Training  for scholars and civil society  organization (CSO) staff on applied research methods and evidence-based work.   

 

ABOUT ARNOVA

Established initially in 1971 as the Association of Voluntary Action Scholars (AVAS), the organization was renamed the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) in 1991. In recent decades, the association has played a key role in expanding research and teaching about the practices and traditions of voluntarism, philanthropy, and nonprofit organizations.

ARNOVA’s mission is to be a “leading interdisciplinary community of people dedicated to fostering – through research and education – the creation, application, and dissemination of knowledge on nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, civil society, and voluntary action.” ARNOVA’s membership comes from a broad range of academic disciplines, including sociology, political science, economics, history, law, and many others. While about three-quarters of ARNOVA’s members identify themselves as academics, the remaining one-quarter self-identify as nonprofit practitioners. Nearly one-third of ARNOVA’s membership and conference attendees live outside the United States. The association’s scholarly journal, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, is the leading peer-reviewed journal in the field. In addition, its annual conference hosts around 700 scholars, practitioners, and policymakers to present over 400 research papers. ARNOVA’s website address is www.arnova.org. 


 

ARNOVA-Africa/AROCSA Conference SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

 

Gold Sponsorship                                                         Sponsor Investment: $5,000 USD

Sponsor Benefits:

  • Exhibition space with two (2) free registrations
  • Logo or name and hyperlink included on AROCSA Conference webpage
  • Full page advertisement in conference program

 

Silver Sponsorship                                                   Sponsor Investment: $3,500 USD

Sponsor Benefits:

  • Exhibition space with one (1) free registration
  • Logo or name and hyperlink included on AROCSA Conference webpage
  • Full page advertisement in conference program

 

Bronze Sponsorship                                                Sponsor Investment: $1,500 USD

Sponsor Benefits:

  • Exhibition space
  • Logo or name and hyperlink included on Conference website
  • Full page advertisement in conference program

           

Opening Plenary Sponsor                                       Sponsor Investment: $3,000 USD

Monday, July 22nd  

Sponsor Benefits:

  • Verbal recognition from stage at beginning of plenary
  • Half page advertisement in Conference Program
  • Recognized as sponsor on Conference website

Closing Plenary Sponsor                                         Sponsor Investment: $1,500 USD

Wednesday, July 24th

Sponsor Benefits:

  • Verbal recognition from stage at beginning of plenary
  • Half page advertisement in Conference Program
  • Recognized as sponsor on Conference website

Coffee Break Sponsor                                             Sponsor Investment: $1,500 USD per break

Breaks available Friday and Saturday

Sponsor Benefits:

  • Exhibition space
  • Half page advertisement in program
  • Recognized as sponsor on Conference website

 


For more information, please email ARNOVA Executive Director, Shariq Siddiqui at
ssiddiqui@arnova.org

 

 

 

 

 

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