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9TH ISTR ASIA PACIFIC REGIONAL CONFERENCE

Exploring Frontiers of Civil Society, Social Capital and Social Enterprises 

27-28 August 2015, Nihon University,  Tokyo, Japan

To read the conference report, click here.

 


 

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NEWS FROM THE 11th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN MUENSTER, GERMANY
July 2014
 

 

Regional Conference Planning 2015

Regional members sent a further vote of thanks to 2013 conference Academic Co-Chairs Sami Hasan and Junki Kim and their Academic Committee; and Professor Tae-Kyu Park from Yonsei University’s NPO Research Center and Professor Chang-Soon Hwang from Soonchunhyang University and President of the Korean Association for Nonprofit Organization Research (KANPOR) and their host committee. The 2013 regional conference was considered a great success. These regional conferences ensure the continuation of face-to-face networking for regional scholars between the biennial international conferences and are an important component of ISTR’s conference program.

 

The main item discussed was planning for the Ninth ISTR Asia-Pacific Regional Conference in 2015. Members were reminded that the call for expressions of interest for hosting the 2015 regional conference was circulated in January 2013. There were preliminary expressions of interest from two countries – Nepal and Bangladesh -however both of these did not progress. The meeting expressed thanks to those members who had explored the possibility of hosting a regional conference. A further expression of interest was received. It was presented by Professor Naoto Yamauchi and accepted by the meeting for 2015. The 2015 regional conference will be hosted by Nihon University Tokyo, Suidobashi Campus and the local host committee will begin work in partnership with Japan NPO Research Association, JANPORA. Tentative dates are late August or early September 2015. Members considered these and some members noted that this might clash with teaching semesters in certain countries, mainly Australia.  Academic Co-chairs are still to be appointed and an academic committee formed to work on a Call for Papers.

 

Publications

There was no publication update available at the meeting.

(Advice was received after the meeting that the special issue of Voluntas from previous Asia-Pacific conferences is progressing.)

 

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8th ISTR Asia Pacific Regional Conference 
Seoul, Korea
24-26 October 2013
 
Nonprofit Law, Policy, Practice: Evolution and Evaluation 
 
Photographs from the Conference: 
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CONFERENCE REPORT: 8th ISTR Asia Pacific Regional Conference in Seoul:
Kim Koo Museum and Library, Seoul, Korea

 
 
Nonprofit Law, Policy and Practice: Evolution and Evaluation 
Eighth ISTR Asia Pacific Regional Conference 
Seoul 24-26 October 2013 
The third sector in the Asia Pacific region is very large and dynamic − it is claimed that China and India have 1+ million third sector organizations. The major growth in the third sector in Asia had been in the 1970s and 1980s – during the prodemocracy movements. The third sector activities and organizations, in the recent past, have also been influenced by many tax laws e.g. in Australia, Japan, Korea. Sadly democratization and recent extremist activities have prompted new 
legislations constricting the third sector in many countries. Laws affecting the third sector in the Asia Pacific region having been in existence for about 150 years have grown rapidly in the last two decades. Is this development for better 
or for worse? 

MAJOR THEMES OF THE CONFERENCE THUS INCLUDE: 
  • Government, laws, and the third sector
  • Tax regime and the third sector activities
  • Third sector and policy making: Impact and Evaluation
  • Wellbeing/welfare systems and the role of the third sector
  • Non-profit history and ‘her-story’
OTHER CONFERENCE THEMES (Indicative, not exhaustive) 
  • Collaborative governance and its implications to the third sector
  • Profit and non-profit sector partnerships and policy implications
  • Innovations in third sector governance
  • Environment, sustainability, and the third sector
  • Social enterprise
Comparative studies are encouraged, as appropriate.

The Conference Program is likely to include working group meetings on
A. Third sector research and teaching methodologies
B. The challenges of forming and maintaining third sector networks

There will also be sessions showcasing the ISTR and its activities, and other national and regional research associations, their activities and accomplishments.Display of posters of, visits of the delegates to, and talks about local third sector 
organisations will be in the agenda.
 
Conference Venue
The conference will be held in the Kim Koo Museum and Library, Seoul. Online accommodation booking will be cheaper. More information will be available on the ISTR website.

Host Institution
The NPO Research Centre at the East-West Institute of the Yonsei University, Korea, carries out research on non-profit organizations, laws and policies. The NPO Research Centre also is a research hub for non-profit sector in Korea, and 
has participated in many international joint research projects. The NPO Research Centre also played an important role in the formation of the Korea Association of Non-profit Sector Research (KANPOR) in 2000. The KANPOR 
is co-hosting the current Conference. 

Registration Fee
Registration fee will be $US150 (ISTR members); US$275 and US$200 (including one-year ISTR membership fee for middle/high income and low income country institution affiliation, respectively). The fee will include conference materials, 
lunch, and dinner for two nights. 

Scholarships
It is recognised that researchers from many countries in the region will need assistance to attend the conference. Thus the Organiser may be able to offer: Full scholarship including economy class airfare from and to the country of residence, registration fee, and accommodation (for three nights; twin share).

Scholarship for registration/accommodation (forthree nights; twin share).
Requests for travel and/or registration/accommodation scholarships should accompany the paper proposal.
  
 
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7th ISTR Asia Pacific Regional Conference
Bali, Indonesia,
24-26 November 2011

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

ISTR Asia-Pacific Regional Group    -    
Minutes of Meeting held in Bali, November 2011

Convenors: ISTR Board Members Sami, Naoto and Wendy

Welcome: Wendy Earles, ISTR President-elect, welcomed current and new ISTR members to the regional meeting.

Item 1: ISTR Asia-Pacific Conference Sites 2013 and beyond

Members thanked the Bali organisers for the very interesting conference program and great hospitality for 2011.

Board members recapped the process for expressions of interest (EOI) for future conferences: discussion at the preceding regional conference; an open EOI process early in the following year; discussions between board members and potential bidders; presentations by bidders at the regional meeting at the international conference in July; and a show of by the regional membership at that meeting.

Some background was provided on the experience in selecting the site for 2011. Indonesia, Australia, South Korea and Hong Kong had expressed preliminary interest for 2011. Australia decided to support Bali’s bid in the Expression of Interest process. South Korea and Hong Kong did not proceed with formal bids.

Some wider background was shared in relation to the desire to rotate the conference around the region between South Asia, SE Asia and East Asia.

Ideas were elicited from the membership:

-        Bangladesh members indicated they had discussed the idea and may be interested for 2015.

-     Members asked if the timing could be changed to July (in Autumn not Summer) and it was noted that airfares may be higher in July.

-        It was noted that the regional conference had not been held in the Pacific and that this would be supported by New Zealand members.

-      Members raised the question of who is not here for the Bali conference and yet may be possible future sites with assistance, such as Vietnam (East Asia) though Visa requirements were noted as a possible issue. Heather Douglas noted that RMIT in Australia had links to a centre in Vietnam with a focus on building a research agenda on responsible business.

-        Prof Tek Nath Dhakal asked members if they would support a conference in Nepal and there was a show of support for this. He offered to take our interest back to his colleagues.

-        Ongoing interest from South Korea was affirmed by Naoto and Sami.

-        The possible inclusion of Western Asia was raised.

-   The possibility of support from cross-national friendship associations was noted, for example, the Australia-Nepal Friendship Society.

-    Having possible sites for 2015 and beyond rather than just focusing on the next site was considered desirable to allow a greater lead time to support convenors.

Action: The formal request for EOIs will be called by the board in early 2012.

Item 2: Annual support from ISTR for regional activity

The ISTR Board has allocated $5,000US per region per annum to assist active regions such as Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean. This support is for maintaining a wider regional data base, communication, networking and possible a newsletter. In each of Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean one third sector research centre is providing this secretariat role.

Members were asked for reflections and ideas for Asia-Pacific:

-     Members noted the previous regional website APPIN with country profiles which was not active anymore and expressed a desire to reactivate it as a database. Brenda Gainer, President of ISTR, provided information on the new ISTR website to be launched in early 2012 and its potential to have a regional capacity for uploading such information (Free). It was considered that such a project would need a coordinator however.

-        Members reflected that the Asia-Pacific region had been lucky in that it had many active scholars who had initiated a number of collaborative research projects across the region and this had created a strong network of scholars who maintained communication and networking.

-        Some members felt it was potentially dangerous to set up one centre as the secretariat for the region and that the success of the network approach was that it had been inclusive as each new conference site took up the mantel to maintain communication and ensure the continuity of the network (e.g. sharing of conference participants list with next site for mail-outs about the upcoming conference).

-        It was noted that travel was an issue in the region and the provision of scholarships was a priority.

-        It was suggested that between conferences webcasts might be an option depending on members’ access to the technology.

Overall there was a sense that perhaps the resource from ISTR could be used differently in Asia-Pacific from the other two active regions.

Action:  Board members from the region will raise this with the executive and the wider Board in their next meetings.

Item 3. Regional Publishing

Members discussed regional publishing options and issues:

-        It was noted that publishing academic articles regionally was an issue as there was limited infrastructure in any one centre and no regional journal.

-        The potential value of regional conferences for generating regional publications was championed by Naoto through such mechanisms as a published proceedings or working papers on the ISTR Website.

-        Members noted the presence of and presentation from Bernard Enjolas, Editor of Voluntas at the Bali conference and supported such active involvement with the region. Exploring the possibility of a special issue of Voluntas focusing on Asia-Pacific was supported by members.

-        The availability of the Cosmopolitan Civil Society e-journal was noted by members especially its open access; that it was not limited to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific; that it has a wider mandate than the third sector but encourages third sector submissions; its willingness to engage with alternate styles of presentation beyond traditional formats; and its focus on quality and rigour within distinct paradigms. Some members called for a matching journal at the international level for innovative content and method.

Action: Board members to relay ideas to the executive and wider Board and to discuss with Bernard.

Next Meeting: July 2012 in Siena, Italy during the ISTR International Conference.

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The 7th ISTR Asia-Pacific Regional Conference: A Challenge and An Opportunity 

By Maria R. Nindita Radyati and Widyamurti Paramita, Center for Entrepreneurship, Change, and Third Sector, Trisakti University, Jakarta, Indonesia.

 The 7th ISTR Asia-Pacific Regional Conference was held in Denpasar, Bali- Indonesia, on 24 - 26 November 2011 hosted by the CECT (Center for Entrepreneurship, Change, and Third Sector), Trisakti University, Jakarta, Indonesia. The Conference Call-for-Papers was received with great enthusiasm and attracted 116 individual paper proposals and five panel proposals from 22 countries. After the double blind-review process, ninety papers and three panels from eighteen countries were selected. At the end, the local scholars and enthusiasts were joined at the Conference by about seventy scholars from thirteen countries.

For the first time, an ISTR regional conference was graced both by the President (Brenda Gainer) and President-elect (Wendy Earles). Three other board members of the ISTR, Bernard Enjolras (Editor, Voluntas), Naoto Yamauchi (member of the Program Committee), and Sami Hasan (Program Committee co-chair) were also present. In addition, four other members of the International Program Committee (Jenny Onyx, Program Committee co-chair, Yashavantha Dongre, Shih-Jung Hsu, and M.S. Moodhitaya) also actively participated in the Conference. Unfortunately, the Chair of the local Host Committee (member of the Program Committee), the President of Trisakti University, could not attend because of unavoidable circumstances at the institution he heads and had to send his apology. 

A technical session ‘Getting Published in Scientific Journals’ by the editor of Voluntas (Bernard Enjolras) and a plenary panel (‘Third Sector Scholarship around the World: Present and Future Challenges’) by ISTR board members (Brenda Gainer, Wendy Earles, Naoto Yamauchi, and Bernard Enjolras) were two welcome additions in this Conference.  The other plenary panel was on ‘CSR and the Third Sector: Indonesian Experiences’ to highlight the theme related to the Conference (‘Business Social Responsibility and the Third Sector’) from three different perspectives--the private sector, the NGO sector, and academia.

There were eighteen breakout sessions with fifty-six presentations authored by ninety scholars from forty-nine universities in the region. The breakout sessions dealt with important areas of research including: accountability, governance, and leadership; advocacy, social justice, and legal issues; business/corporate responsibility; civil society organizations and social development; dimensions and measurement of social capital; education, employment, and training in the third sector; microfinance and microenterprise; philanthropy and volunteering; growth diversity, and recent experiences in the third sector; social entrepreneurship and social enterprise, etc.

The Conference organizers endeavored to showcase a variety of local culture and artifacts and offered entertainment through dances, a field trip, and a cultural tour. The opening ceremony included dances by local artists performing a Balinese welcome dance, and the ‘hitting’ of a traditional Balinese Gong (by the representatives of the Program and the Host committees). The conference dinner was adorned by professional performers offering the ‘Sekar-Jagat’ dance from Bali; ‘Saman’ dance from Aceh; ‘Dayak-Papua’ dance (a combination of dances from Kalimantan and Papua islands); and ‘Janger-Jaipong’ dance--a mix of Betawi and Bali dances.

The Host organised a field trip to an NGO, Telapak, (in Serangan Village) involved in coral rehabilitation as well as sustainable fish breeding programs (through organic food feeding). The participants of the field trip made generous donations to adopt corals, and went by a boat to plant the ‘adopted corals’ in the sea. The ‘adopted corals’ is named ‘ISTR Bali’ on a label attached to the corals.

The cultural tour that followed was to a famous hill-top temple in Uluwatu where the participants enjoyed the breathtaking views of the nature, the beauty of the sunset, and the performances of Balinese ‘Kecak’ dance.

The organization of the Conference was a big challenge, but the successful holding of the Conference was possible due to financial contributions of the Trisakti University and the CECT (Center for Entrepreneurship, Change, and Third Sector), and of the PT. Gajah Tunggal Tbk; PT. Bank Negara Indonesia (Persero) Tbk, and PT. International Nickel Indonesia, Tbk.

The CECT team, under the coordination of its director, Maria R. Nindita Radyati, is delighted to have hosted the Conference which included many important scholars in the field. The CECT is a research Center in Trisakti University, with core activities in research and the provision of consulting services in the area of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) and social enterprise. The CECT, a major think-tank in Indonesia, has recently introduced two master degree programs with specialization in CSR and Social Enterprise. The opportunity of organizing the Conference and the networking avenues it brought is of great significance to the CECT which is likely to be helpful in furthering the CECT’s mission and programs within and beyond Indonesia.  

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NEWS FROM THE 9th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN ISTANBUL, TURKEY
July 2010

During the regional meeting in Istanbul, attended by some 35 attendees from the Asia-Pacific region, we determined that the 7th ISTR Regional Conference which will be held in 2011, should be held in Indonesia. The host will be CECT (Center for Entrepreneurship, Change and Third Sector) which is a research center under an umbrella organisation of Post Graduate Study at Trisakti University. That university is the oldest and largest private university in Indonesia. Dr Sami Hasan and Professor Jenny Onyx will be the academic co-chairs, while Dr. Maria Radyati will lead the host committee. We hope that this regional conference will be as successful as our previous regional conference, held in 2009 in Taiwan. The conference themes will be

  • broad based
  • inclusive of the entrepreneurship focus of the hosting centre
  • focus on social justice, responsibility and change
  • include service delivery, advocacy and constituencies as strands

A call for papers will be sent in the next few months.

 

Notes from the ISTR Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting, July 2010


Present:
Wendy Earles; Jenny Onyx; Rosemary Hermans; Magen Alessandrini; Nicola Brackertz; Hilary Yerbury; Jenny Green; Melissa Edwards; Shih-Jung Hsu; Heather Douglas; Suad Afif; Lu-Yi Hsieh: Ela Atienza; Kyingja Jung: Ruth Phillips, Lili Wang; Aiusha Ma: Nobuko Kanaya: Suraj Dahal; Jun Nishikawa; Jo Baulderstone; Myles McGregor Lowndes; Wataru Ozawa: Masanani Sakurai; Hiroshi Takebata; Alex McCorwosk; Deanna Davy; Sachiko Nakagawa; Li Zhau; Janice Nga; Sharon Eng; Li-Min Liao; Naoto Yamauchi; Yoshiho Matsunaga; Naolo Okuyama.

Item 1: Welcome
ISTR Board member Wendy Earles welcomed the members from Asia-Pacific to the meeting on behalf of fellow board members Naoto, Krishna and Mark.

Item 2: Vote of Thanks to Taiwan for 2009 Conference
The meeting offered a resounding thank you to Prof Hsu and the Taiwanese host committee and the conference academic committee for the fabulous conference in 2009 in Taipei.

Item 3: Expression of Interest from Indonesia for 2011 Conference
Prof Maria Radyati gave a short presentation including a video on the possible conference venue, host committee, funding options and theme. The Center for Entrepreneurship, Change and the Third Sector has been working to identify a host committee with a membership from universities and foundations. Meeting participants offered further suggestions to Maria. The Centre has nominated the ISTR International Asia-Pacific Conference as its international conference for the next two years. A letter of support was tabled from Prof Dr Thoby Mutis, Rector of the Universitas Trosakti as the host organisation for the conference.
The meeting accepted the offer from Indonesia to host the conference and thanked other countries that had expressed early interest for their support of the 2011 expression of interest from Indonesia including Australia and Hong Kong. The conference was tentatively scheduled for early November 2011, possible 3-7 November.

Item 4: 2011 Conference pre-planning
Samiul Hasan and Jenny Onyx expressed interest in the position of academic co-chairs for the 2011 conference. The meeting accepted their offers. They will work to establish an academic committee and develop a call for papers.  Two offers of support for the academic committee were noted (from countries interested in the 2011 conference that had supported the Indonesian bid namely Eliza Lee in Hong Kong and Les Hems in Australia).
Meeting participants requested that the conference theme be

  • broad base
  • inclusive of the entrepreneurship focus of the hosting centre
  • focus on social justice, responsibility and change
  • include service delivery, advocacy and constituencies as strands

The two possible venues, Jakarta and Bali were noted, and there was support for both, though the pictures from Bali created some excitement.
Considerations for the host committee were

  • the possibilities of site visits to projects
  • the additional cost for some countries of flying on to Bali
  • the possible difficulties of movement in Jakarta
  • the availability of a range of accommodation options (price)
  • the preferences of funders

All members were asked to consider funding options for scholarships from their countries for increasing attendance of PhD students and early career researchers in Indonesia in 2011.

Item 5: Links between region and ISTR International
The ISTR board members present outlined the financial situation of ISTR and the need to consider reciprocal links between the regional conferences and the international association. At present the conferences use the ISTR brand but there are very few additional memberships generated. There is still considerable support from the ISTR Board for regional development activities.

The members present considered that there were many regional scholars who would not engage above the regional meetings and for whom ISTR membership was not relevant. However it was noted that the conferences did provide a pathway for engagement at the international level for those few scholars who could find funds to travel to international conferences on a regular basis.

There was support for continuing to use the ISTR membership database for the Asia-Pacific network and possibly starting to use central conference registration and abstract submission processes for regional conferences. It was recognised that this would require a fee for service arrangement from the regional conference to ISTR.  The 2011 regional conference co-chairs and host committee would work with ISTR board members to develop such an arrangement. This could involve a registration fee with discount linked to ISTR membership, a direct payment for services or other possible pairings of membership and registration.

Item 6: Open Space for developments within the region
Members provided the following news items

  • an ISTR national association would be launched in October in Taiwan
  • the biennial conference of the ANZTSR association is scheduled for November 2010 in Sydney
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ISTR Asia-Pacific Regional Conference in Taiwan


The Sixth ISTR Asia and Pacific Regional Conference will take place on November 2-4, 2009, in Taipei, Taiwan, hosted by the Center for the Third Sector, National Chengchi University.

The Asia Pacific members meeting in Barcelona included researchers from Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan and the USA. Shih-Jung Hsu from the Center for the Third Sector at National Chengchi University presented a preliminary pamphlet promoting the conference. Academic themes and the committee composition were discussed. Shih-Jung Hsu, National Chengchi University, Taiwan (srshiu@nccu.edu.tw) and Wendy Earles, ISTR Board, Treasurer, James Cook University, Australia (wendy.earles@jcu.edu.au) will serve as the conference co-chairs.

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