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August 2019

Dear Colleagues,

Warm greetings and welcome to this edition of the ISTR Africa Regional Network (ISTRAN) newsletter! Please be sure to send news our way if you have news to contribute to the next edition.

To read the full newsletter, click here.  This edition of the ISTRAN newsletter includes:


Tenth Meeting of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Statistics Division is facilitating an application process to identify representatives from civil society organizations, academia and the private sector to attend the plenary session of the upcoming Tenth Meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators, which will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 22-24 October 2019.

  ISTR/Wits African PhD Seminar Student Reflection

My journey to a PhD study in Philanthropy has already opened several opportunities in less than a year, the most recent of which was four days in May to participate in the ISTR/WITS African PhD Seminar and Annual Philanthropy Conference, that was held in the beautiful City of Gold, Johannesburg, South Africa. A chance to hear about my dissertation from world-class experts, networking with fellow PhD students with diverse backgrounds, participating and becoming a victor in a three-minutes thesis competition, getting a chance to present my work in front of scholars and leaders of the third sector across the world, and my experience at the Wits Business School is a treasure that I will always vividly remember. Kidist Ibrie Yasin, PhD Student, IUPUI Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States 

My PhD Seminar Experience: A Reflection

It gives me so much pleasure to write about my experience at the PhD seminar that took place at the Wits Business School in Johannesburg South Africa on 14th and 15th May 2019. It was indeed a remarkable and unforgettable episode in my academic journey. The seminar attracted diverse determined and promising scholars from around the world at different stages of their PhD journeys. This is indeed crucial to learn from each other’s experiences. I found the program very useful as it shaped my analytical lens as well as methodological grounding. As such, I strongly recommend it to any PhD student who wishes to apply for this PhD seminar in future. . Special thanks to the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) for organizing such an intriguing PhD seminar where students from the Global South and Global North converged to share pertinent insights and reflect on their PhD projects.  Knowledge Mwonzora, Zimbabwean Ph.D. student, North-West University, South Africa

When All You Have Is Three Minutes

What can you do in three minutes? You need at least two minutes to brush your teeth and it takes about three minutes to boil an egg. But how can one articulate an entire thesis in three minutes? According to the University of Queensland (UQ), it would take nine hours to present an 80,000 word PhD thesis. Yet, for the Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT), one has 180 seconds to present their research work! A challenge not many are willing and able to take. Albert Kagande

African Philanthropy: Key Lessons from the ACPSI Annual Workshop 2019

I add my voice to my colleague doctoral scholars’ in giving high and merited praise to the International Society for Third-sector Research (ISTR) and its partners for this year's PhD seminar, the African Centre for Philanthropy and Social Investment at Wits University, for organising and making it possible for so many of us to attend this year. This seminar, my third with ISTR, was no less insightful and more than met the standard of critical constructive feedback on research and invaluable opportunities to meet and hobnob with senior researchers doing related work. I was particularly excited to meet the camera-shy Shauna Mottiar, whose work I first read at the beginning of my studies, and to discuss the prospects of spending some time at the Centre for Civil Society at the University of Kwazulu-Natal where she currently works. Titilope F. Ajayi, PhD Candidate, Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy, University of Ghana and 2019 Next Generation Social Science in Africa Doctoral Dissertation Fellow

West Africa Civil Society Series (WAC Series) 

WACSeries are analytical periodic write-ups on topical themes and issues relevant to West Africa. It emphasizes 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.

New Publications


With warm regards,

Titilope Ajayi

Albert Kagande

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