Urgent Action Fund-Africa, is a consciously feminist and women's human rights Pan African Fund established in 2001 in Nairobi, Kenya. As the first rapid response fund in the continent, UAF-Africa adds value to the work of activists and civil society organisations focusing on women's active socio-political participation and visibility by leveraging resources and opportunities for critical engagement that advance women's human rights.
To date, we have provided critical support for women's strategic initiatives in 46 countries across Africa and supported more than 500 women's organisations.... read more
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Call For Abstracts
WOMEN STEERING INNOVATIVE LEADERSHIP IN AFRICA CONFERENCE
GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS
Urgent Action Fund-Africa (UAF-Africa) and its partners are convening the inaugural Women Steering Innovative Leadership in Africa International Conference, scheduled to be held in September 2013.
The conference is intended to contribute towards the development of a cadre of well rounded, visionary and gender sensitive leaders who are able to engage comfortably in and influence issues of national, regional, or international nature. The conference aims to bridge the gap that obstructs women’s integration into leadership, contribute to the process of bringing gender equality issues to the centre of national priorities, and build on the expertise of African women to impact on significant social, political and economic issues affecting communities and nations.
Urgent Action Fund-Africa and its partners invite relevant and interested organisations or individuals to prepare and provide abstracts based on the following themes:
1. The “Moment”
This paper should explore contemporary issues obtaining in Africa today, focusing on poignant socio-political, economic and cultural perspectives whilst pointing out the opportunities and challenges facing the continent. It should examine the status of leadership on the continent and map out development actors and initiatives that are seeking to address the leadership quagmire Africa is struggling with.
2. Leadership in Africa
The paper should focus on the type of leadership Africa needs today, ensuring that issues such as gender sensitivity, shared and inclusive leadership and re-orientation of current experienced leadership are included. Emerging, innovative and forward thinking leadership training methodologies should be explored.
3. Women’s Leadership
This paper should explore ways of giving visibility to women’s leadership, costing and valuing women’s contribution as well as leadership in the women’s movement. It should analyse the challenges facing women’s leadership and suggest a way forward towards transformative leadership for women.
4. Nurturing New Leadership (Special Session)
This paper should focus on the essential elements for transformational youth leadership. It should focus on mentoring and nurturing the youth into a leadership that will create a continent with sustainable resources, and address current issues facing youth in Africa, including unemployment, HIV/AIDS, involvement in social unrest, and high drug use amongst others.
5. Private Sector Leadership
The private sector is often touted as one of the key drivers of economies. This paper should examine what facets of private sector leadership makes it successful, highlighting lessons that can be learnt and adopted to invigorate women’s leadership on the African continent and how we can take advantage of prospective partnerships, philanthropy and the private sector’s support of transformative leadership. Successful private leaders contributing to the development of Africa should be showcased including successful entrepreneurs who exhibit the type of leadership Africa needs.
6. Ethics and Values of Transformational Leaders
Researchers have conducted some comparative studies about leadership in various countries but more is needed in Africa to enhance understanding of how leadership is transformed from social, political and cultural perspectives. This paper should examine the state of ethics and values among leaders today, explore the concept of leadership management in African communities and the impact of transformational leadership in varying cultural, political and social contexts, stating the expected outcomes of a transformed leadership in terms of ethics and values.
All abstracts are to be submitted via email as Microsoft Word documents. Individuals/ organisations may submit more than one paper for consideration. All submissions will be critically peer reviewed by members of the Conference Committee.
The deadline for submissions of abstracts is 31st May 2013. Receipt of all submissions will be acknowledged. Authors will be advised of the status of their submissions after 1st July 2013 via email.
Criteria for Submission of Abstracts
1. Abstracts should address current issues with a special focus on the main themes of the Conference
2. The topic area must be indicated clearly in BOLD on the title page.
3. Each abstract author is allowed to submit a maximum number of two abstracts as presenting author but can be co-author in more than two abstracts
4. All abstracts must be submitted online. Upon completion of submission, you will receive a confirmation of receipt
5. Submissions will be accepted for a single presentation or an entire preformed panel.
6. Abstracts should be submitted online via email to
by midnight EAT on 31st May 2013. Submissions must be complete and received by the deadline to be considered.
7. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words and must be written in English.
8. Preference will be given to abstracts that have not been published or presented at recent international meetings.
9. The Women Steering Innovative Leadership Conference Content Committee is responsible for reviewing abstracts. Submissions may also be redirected to a more appropriate topic area.
10. A maximum of two abstracts per person/organisation is permitted.
11. Authors and co-authors should provide clearly their full name, affiliation and e-mail address only. All abstracts, whether submitted singly or co-authored, will have one name attached as the primary point of contact. If there are co-authors, they should be cited in the body of the abstract.
Submission deadline: 31st May 2013
Notification of acceptance / rejection: 1st July 2013
Please forward any inquiries on the submission process to
VACANCIES AT UAF-AFRICA.
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UAF-Africa Executive Director, Ndanatsei Tawamba at MDG3/FLOW Funds Grantee's meeting
‘Leadership: Modeling the changes we seek to influence’ speech by UAF-Africa board member Dr. Barbara Klugman,
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5th African Sexuality Conference in Namibia Leadership Talk by Barbara Klugman
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