The International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR) and the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) are pleased to announce their upcoming conference, Civil Society and Philanthropy in Africa: Contexts, Contradictions, and Possibilities. The conference, an idea born out of the ISTR Africa Network (ISTRAN), will be held from the 21 – 24 June, 2017 in Accra, Ghana.
The broad aim of the four-day event is to kick-start the process of seriously discussing critical questions occupying the civil society-philanthropy interface. The following description has been taken directly from the ISTR website:
‘The conjoining of civil society and philanthropy automatically invokes an eclectic mix of analytic and philosophic questions. For example: how can civil society organizations promote a culture of giving? Does charitable giving boost or enervate the civic impulse? How and under what conditions do agents traverse the civic and philanthropic terrains, and what forms of collaborations are possible between the two? What, in a deliberate amplification of the canvas, are the proper limits of collaboration between the state and charities, and who gets to draw them? Last but not least, how have the histories of civil society and philanthropic organizations been entangled in Africa, and what are the possibilities for the transformation of the nongovernmental space on the continent?
Until now, these and other important research and policy questions have been more or less glossed over in the relevant scholarship. For one thing, not only is interest in civil society of recent vintage, its intellectual obsessions are radically different. For another, academic interest in the philanthropic sector in Africa remains, a recent surge notwithstanding, episodic, not least because giving, being deeply enfolded into the ample fabric of everyday African informality, is not generally seen as worthy of systematic analysis or theorizing.’
For further information, please visit ISTR’s website and stay tuned for more details in the coming months.