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ICNL Global Education Initiative - Call for Applications

ICNL has launched it 2019 Call for Applications for its Global Education Initiative Grants.  The purpose of the Global Education Initiative is to support the study of civil society law at universities and schools of law worldwide. The Initiative provides grants to support the integration of civil society law courses into the curricula of universities and educational institutions in eligible countries (i.e., countries that are currently on the OECD/DAC List) in all regions. 

This year ICNL is aiming to issue 3 - 5 subgrants ($10,000 – $20,000 each) to applicants from at least 3 regions.

The Call for Applications is available  here



Call for Papers: Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference 2019

10-11 September 2019, Aston University, Birmingham UK

A civil society for the future: setting the agenda for voluntary sector and volunteering research in the 2020s

Increasingly the voluntary sector and volunteering is viewed through the lens of ‘civil society’ and the past 12 months have witnessed considerable public and political debate about how civil society can be at the heart of the changes needed to ensure that all communities can thrive. This includes how to strengthen social value within communities, how civil society can revitalise and enhance democracy, and the potential for reshaping state-civil society relationships.

These debates present opportunities and challenges for civil society actors and for research undertaken on, with and for them. Each year, the Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference - organised by the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) and the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) - provides a unique opportunity for academics, policy makers and practitioners from the UK and further afield to come together to share findings and discuss the implications of research. This year the conference - hosted by Aston University Business School - will focus on ‘a civil society for the future’.

We welcome submissions for individual papers, panel sessions and workshops. Given the conference theme, we are particularly keen to receive proposals offering critical reflections on the future of civil society, but we welcome submissions that address a range of issues relevant to any aspect of the voluntary sector and volunteering, including:

  1. The Conference Track - Critical Reflections on Civil Society
  2. Democracy and grassroots voluntary action
  3. Diversity, race, (in)equality and inclusion
  4. Volunteering, participation and social action
  5. Advances in theory and methods
  6. Funding, fundraising, philanthropy and social investment
  7. Organisational management and governance, including law and regulation
  8. Historical perspectives on civil society, the voluntary sector and volunteering
  9. Civil society at the boundaries: relationships with the state and/or private sector
  10. Measuring civil society: outcomes, impact and social value
  11. New researchers stream

Please consider submitting a proposal. The full call for papers on our website provides all the necessary details for proposal submissions. 

Deadline for submissions is 13 May 2019

Any questions, please email




Conference of the European group of public administration


Study Group VIII: ‘Civil Society, Citizens, and Government’



Focus: the future of the relationship between civil society and government


The relationship between civil society, citizens and government has been changing under the influence of trends such as individualisation, digitalisation and shifts in governance.On the part of civil society, one can observe the evolution of civil society organisations towards new, hybrid types of organisations, under the influence of shifts in governance. At the same time, there is the growth of a new civil society: a notable rise in the visibility of activist and online groups that self-organise without leadership; in the area of services, grassroots organisations that fill the gap between a rising market and a retreating state. The landscape of civil society, always complex and plural, is becoming ever more so.


During our meeting, we welcome empirical studies that show how the relationship between civil society, citizens and government is evolving. At our meeting, we will not only discuss the individual papers, but also, with the help of the group, join up these separate discussions into future scenarios. Can we see forward, beyond the current uncertainty?



Please note that we do not accept abstracts. Instead, we expect full papers by 15 May. There is the opportunity to revise papers after initial acceptance. Experience shows that submission of full papers at an earlier stage leads to better texts and better discussions. We aim for a maximum of 15 papers, in order to allow for thorough discussions and debate.


After the conference, we will compile a special issue for the International Review of Administrative Sciences, with a collection of the most promising conference papers. Each accepted paper will receive feedback during and after the conference, prior to submission.


Please submit your paper through


More information

For more information, please contact the study group convenors.  If you are in doubt whether the topic of your paper fits the meeting, feel free to check.


Taco Brandsen,

Marlies Honingh,

Bram Verschuere,







Call for Submissions
Philanthropy & Education is pleased to announce a call for submissions for the inaugural November 2016 publication. The journal is sponsored by Teachers College, Columbia University and published by Indiana University Press.
The journal’s mission is to promote scholarship and inform practice around philanthropy, which is broadly defined as including, but not limited to: fundraising, volunteerism, civic engagement, alumni relations, corporate social responsibility, prosocial behavior development, and the professionalization of the field of practice. Thus, Philanthropy & Education seeks to publish empirical and scholarly studies that are accessible to practitioners with clear implication for implementation.
The Editorial Board will welcome papers from all aspects of education (K-20+), both domestically and internationally, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including but not limited to: anthropology, economics, history, law, management, political science, psychology, public administration, religious studies, social work, and sociology. To further the journal's mission, Philanthropy & Education encourages submissions from scholar-practitioners, particularly those who have recently completed their dissertations.
More information about Philanthropy & Education, as well as detailed submission guidelines and instructions, can be found here: Question can be directed to:
We look forward to reviewing exciting submissions in the coming months



Design thinking

·         Regional and geographical aspects of social innovation

·         Ageing demographic

·         Social Innovation and Complexity 

·         Alternative economic organising for social innovation: Ecologies of context and relations 

·         Social Innovation, Employment and Migrants/Refugees and Asylum Seekers

·         Open stream

For more information about how to submit a paper or proposal and the ISIRC 2019 conference please visit our website:



West Africa Civil Society Series (WACSeries) 

WACSeries are analytical periodic write-ups on topical themes and issues relevant to West Africa. It emphasises the contributions of civil society organisations (CSOs) and actors to the promotion of democracy, good governance and the socio- economic development of West Africa by deepening discourse on matters affecting civil society in the region. The write-ups provide experts, researchers and practitioners a space to reflect, develop and share analyses and posit views and recommendations on emerging issues and debates.

WACSI has four platforms through which we document knowledge to educate and inspire civil society actors and organisations. These are:

1) Blogs: short articles with a maximum of 1000 words which are published on WACSI's blog hosted on the website.

2) Editorials: a compilation of several (up to 5) blog articles published by the same author and focusing on the same topic.

3) Op-Eds: More detailed and structured articles of between 1500 to 2000 words. These are well designed and published on the website

4) Issue Papers: In-depth research papers on topical issues in line with our strategic themes and other topical issues in the region. Issue papers can be in the range of 4000 to 6000 words. They are well designed and published on the website. 

More details can be found by clicking here. 



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