ISTR Africa: African Civil Society Research Network Newsletter
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Reflections on ISTR Africa Conference 

By Dr. Kenneth Shelton Aikins

As this was my first participation in an International Society for Third-Sector Research Africa Regional Network (ISTRAN) conference, the experience was both thrilling and educative. This is because the conference presented a platform to share insights and opinions on the state of civil society.... 
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Keynote address I: ‘Civil Society and a Renascent Africa: A Stocktaking’

By Theo Sowa (Ms.) – Chief Executive Officer, AWDF

Speaking from her experience as a development practitioner who has worked within the civil society sector at global and local levels, she mentioned that there are achievements worth celebrating in relation to the work of civil society...
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Keynote address II: Civil Society and Philanthropy in Africa

By Dr. Bhekinkosi Moyo Chief Executive Officer, Southern Africa Trust

Dr. Moyo stated that there is a distinction between philanthropy in Africa and African philanthropy. He added that there has been a rise in dialogue pertaining to philanthropy in development discourse. He made reference to...
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Hard Knock for Neo-liberalism: A reflection on the third ISTR Regional Network Conference

By Kehinde Olayode Dept. of International Relations, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

The conference provided a platform for researchers, civil society activists and policymakers to exchange ideas, analyse and discuss the role of civil society in Africa. Civil Society and a Renascent Africa: A Stocktaking also provided a forum to identify the constraints facing civil society activism and the prospects for its sustainability in Africa...
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Call for Conference Working Papers

Participants of the April ISTRAN conference are invited to submit a full paper based on their presentations at conference. The paper will form part of the peer-reviewed ISTRAN working paper series. All paper lengths are acceptable, there is no word limit stipulation. The deadline for submissions is 30 July 2016. The papers should be sent to Margery Daniels at

Call for Papers: 6th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise

EMES, in partnership with the Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Work, State and Society (CIRTES, Université catholique de Louvain) and the Social Enterprise Belgian Interuniversity Attraction Pole (IAP), are pleased to announce the 6th EMES International Research Conference on the theme “Social enterprise for sustainable societies” which will take place on July 3-6, 2017, at the Université catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium).
The aim of this 6th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise is to be one of the world’s central meeting places for all researchers involved in social enterprise, social entrepreneurship and social and solidarity economy research across the globe.

Click here for more information about the conference.



African Philanthropy – A Story of Pluralism

Since time immemorial, generosity towards others who are worse off by giving more than one expects to get back – a practice of gifting - is a bedrock of human interactions everywhere. This pro-social behaviour is an important source of inter-personal capital as well as being vital for social cohesion through trusted relational webs and networks which contribute to a country’s resilience... 
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What has been achieved since Nutshell #1

With the Seminar outputs reviewed and the Foundation Paper drafted, discussion with leadership of the Wits Business School has set out the way forward. A curricula for Master of Management in the field of African Philanthropy is now under preparation... 
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