Educating African Associations

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One of the major topics at this year’s Meetings Africa is the education of association secretariats and how to plan effective association meetings on the continent. Here’s what the experts have to say.

The African Society of Association Executives (AfSAE) has partnered with Meetings Africa for the second annual Education Conference. The event will take place in tandem with the trade show from 27 February to 1 March 2017 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Gauteng.

This gathering delivers unique opportunities for non-profit leaders to network and do business with event suppliers and solution partners in Africa. The conference will look at global trends in the non-profit sector, and three workshops will focus on non-profit technology, finance and fundraising – as well as bidding for international and regional events. Each workshop will be facilitated by topic experts. The keynote address will be delivered by Daniel Silke, one of South Africa’s most renowned political analysts and futurists. He will outline the African and global trends and look at the opportunities and challenges for African civil society and non-profit organisations.

Tips for Hosting an Association Congress

  • 76% of attendees choose to participate in Congress because of the networking opportunities, according to a Congress 2017 Ensure these opportunities abound at your event.
  • 54% of attendees believe it is important that their association co-host more joint events so as to have more opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration and co-creation (Congress 2017 Report). Consider partnerships and collaborations for a unique confex programme.
  • Ensure your conference programming has regular and consistent hours or timeslots. Host special events and receptions in the evening after 5:30pm.
  • Allow time for your delegates to travel, allocate 15 minutes for them between each session.
  • Ensure you have at least two tea breaks, and add extra time to your breaks to allow for more networking opportunities.
  • Avoid scheduling conference sessions over lunch time. Allow your delegates to have a 1.5 hour break to breathe.
  • Consider a venue that is either in close proximity to a range of accommodations, or one that offers accommodation. This can be a great benefit for conference goers.

Continue reading the February Issue for more tips on hosting an Association Congress:


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