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Annual Report 2013

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Highlights ISTR 2013

Regional Network Research Conferences 

Africa Regional Conference 

The ISTR Africa Civil Society Research Network Conference was held July 11-13, 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya with over 30 papers and two panels.  The host organizations were the Agency for Coordination of Research and Development (ACORD), a Pan African civil society development organization and the University of Nairobi's Institute for Development Studies (IDS). The Conference theme, "Faith, Civil Society and Development in Africa," was agreed upon as faith based organizations are an integral part of the economics, politics and development strategies of the African continent.    The forty conference attendees included a good mix of participants drawn from both the academy as well as practitioners.  The papers presents reflected a rich diversity of the influences of faith on Africa's development and governance trajectories.  The keynote address was delivered by Rev. Dr. Timothy Njoya, who explored the role of faith in Kenya in the constitutional reforms.  Conference participants visited two civil society organizations in Kibera, the Community Organizers Professional Association of Kenya (COPA-K) and the Muunganao wa Wanavijiji Federations.  The talks given by the respective leaderships of these organizations illustrate a deep commitment in fighting injustices and in transforming the material conditions of residents of Kibera.  Financial support for the conference was provided by TrustAfrica and the Ford Foundation Eastern Africa Programme Office in Nairobi.  A key outcome of the conference are the five Working Papers which are posted on the ISTR website.  In addition, the conference resulted in a commitment to hold the 2015 Africa regional meeting at the University of Accra in Ghana.


Latin American and the Caribbean Regional Conference 

The Ninth ISTR Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean was held in Santiago, Chile from August 28-30, 2013.  The conference theme, "Participation and Representation:  New Paradigms for Civil Society," was chosen in response to research advances on civil society in the region and to an analysis of the most significant social and political processes partaken by and conditioning civil society throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.  The conference was attended by some 120 participants from 14 countries and was co-organized by three Chilean Universities (Universidad de Los Lagos, Universidad Diego Portales and Universidad Alberto Hurtado) and by the Instituto de Comunicacion y Desarrollo from Uruguay.  In addition to the support of these four institutions, the conference was supported by the Ford Foundation (Mexico), the Canadian Embassy in Chile, and the Universidad del Pacifico in Peru. The Call for Papers attracted 140 submissions and following a peer review process 90 were selected and divided into 24 paper sessions.  Topics discussed at the sessions included participatory budgeting, participation at urban and local development, monitoring and social control and social solidarity economy, and the relationship between governments and civil society organizations, among others.  A special plenary session was held to evaluate the last two decades of institutionalized citizen participation in public policies, presenting comparative perspectives from Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Chile. 


Asia Pacific Regional Conference 

The Eighth ISTR Asia Pacific Regional Conference was held in Seoul, Korea at the Kim Koo Museum and Library from October 24-26, 2013 under the theme of "Nonprofit Law, Policy and Practice:  Evolution and Evaluation."  The meeting was co-organized by Korean Association of Nonprofit Organization Research (KANPOR) and Institute of East and West Studies, Yonsei University. In addition to the support of the two institutions, the conference was funded by three major corporate donors, Samsung, SK Telecom, Doosan, and The United Way of Korea. The keynote paper was presented by Professors Karla Simon and Leon Irish on "Legal and Fiscal Innovation in East Asia."  The program included two plenary sessions, five panels, one roundtable and 7 parallel sessions with more than 50 papers.  On the first day of conference, members of board of directors including president, Wendy Earles, presented a plenary session titled, “A Current Preoccupations in Non-profit Research and Education: Cross-cultural and Cross-regional Perspectives.”  Following the conference, Professor Naoto Yamauchi's Center at Osaka University agreed to serve as host for the network and set up a website for the region to be linked to the Society's website.


11th International Conference, Muenster, Germany 

The Call for Contributions for the 11th International Conference, to be held July 22-25, 2014 at the University of Muenster in Muenster, Germany was widely distributed.  The response to the call submissions was excellent and we received 532 paper abstracts, 48 panels and 31 posters.  A peer review process with over 140 reviewers took place in November and December.  Muenster, home to one of Germany's most prestigious state universities, will provide an excellent venue to examine the role of third sector studies.  The conference theme is "Civil Society and the Citizen."    


, International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, continued its expansion with the announcement to move to six issues from four beginning in 2014. There was a huge increase in the number of articles (16 articles in 2009 to 53 articles in 2013).  One issue in 2013 had a special section on "Charity Accounting, Reporting and Regulation." 

A search for a new editor was established and Adalbert Evers (Germany) agreed to serve as chair.  The current editor, Bernard Enjolras, will complete his second 3 year term in 2015.  The committee will hold interviews in July in Muenster and in addition to the chair,  is comprised of Ann Dill (USA), Bernard Enjolras (Norway), Brenda Gainer (Canada), Hagai Katz (Israel), and Leilah Landim (Brazil). 



The 2012/2013 two year membership cycle concluded with 870 members from 76 countries.


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2013 Financial

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