Civil Society Organizations and Ethical Re-Orientation
The theme of this year’s event, which is ‘Non-State Actors and Ethical Re-Orientation’, is central to all facets of life. It is a general object in our general development that we all know the right thing but doing the right thing often eludes us. Almost every institution suffers the plague of acknowledging teachings and doctrines without adherence to activities and actions that flows from those teachings. Morality and values often have been overtaken by brazen desires and megalomania by people entrusted with authorities to oversee the progress and development of others. People become honored daily for unethical behaviors and others get tempted to become unethical since ethical behaviors are almost disregarded and dishonored. These topsy-turvy aspects of the society adversely affect our development, resulting in poverty, crises and social vices. Must we continue to fold our arms while our cherished ethics and values are continuously and deliberately being abused?
There is need for lasting solution to this phenomenon to save the society from total decadence. If the first sector of the realm (government) and the second sector (business) close their eyes to this problem, the third sector (non-for-profit) cannot afford to do the same. It is high time the non-state actors (NSAs) come out to hold the bull by the horn, to ensure the re-orientation and the resuscitation of our lost ethics and values in the various institutions. It is only then that we can reap the dividend of our resources. However, NSAs have a responsibility to be transparent and honest in doing this for them to succeed. As it is often said “he who is looking for equity must come with clean hands” The foregoing makes this conference a valid gathering.
While the conference/retreat is designed around WANGO members in Africa and beyond, the event is also open to members of the NGO community, donors, government representatives and other stakeholders in the third sector from across the world. It is essentially a forum for non-state actors to network and share ideas that will assist them in their daily work for the good of the larger society.
Everyone attending the Conference is expected to apply formally by completing a Registration Form which is available online at www.wango.org/africa. Reduced rates are available for WANGO members, multiple applications of up to five from one organization and those applying by July 07, 2010. All participants must complete the Registration Form and pay by June 21. Accreditation of confirmed delegates begins by 12.00 p.m. on Thursday July 1st. Registration closes for attendees from outside Nairobi area by June 25th.
Lodging will be at the SENTRIM Boulevard Hotels and SETRIM 680 Hotels, Nairobi, which is the site of the event. Double-room occupancy will be provided for participants at the hotel, which is included in the registration package and at subsidized conference rate. Registered participants are expected to arrive on Thursday July 1 and depart on Sunday July 4, 2010. Participants who plan to arrive prior to the conference or stay after the conference should contact the Conference Secretariat or the hotel directly to pay for their accommodations for the extra night(s) at the Conference rate of $83. Also participants who desire a single room will pay additional US$80 per night to be included in the registration fees. Information about the hotel and Kenya can be found at www.sentrim-hotels.com and www.traveldiscoverkenya.com
Participants are responsible for their own air and ground travel arrangements and expenses. However, a 15% reduced rates on all tickets purchased are available for participants traveling from any parts of Africa or beyond, and flying Kenya Airways, the Official Airline for the conference. Participants are therefore advised to use this opportunity by purchasing their tickets directly at any of Kenya Airways Offices worldwide and show your letter of invitation from WANGO in addition to a Special Rebate Code that will be issued to registrants. Visit www.kenya-airways.com to locate the nearest Kenya Airways office close to you. Please contact the Conference Secretariat: firstname.lastname@example.org at least 5 days before your departure date for planning and administration.
Most visitors to Kenya can obtain visa on arrival at the entry port provided they hold a valid travel documents not expiring in another six (6) months and two (2) passport photographs as well as the Official Letter of Invitation from WANGO. However this varies from country to country. The cost for single entry visa for a maximum of three (3) months stay is US$45. Intending visitors are therefore advised to visit the Kenya official website www.mfa.go.ke to obtain information from the nearest Embassy/Consulate in their respective countries. Current information about visa and health requirements and covering security is also available via the Kenya Airways website www.kenya-airways.com. Click on Information and Service at the homepage, then ‘Quick Links’ on the right hand side that will lead you to the ‘visa and Immigration’ section.
Exposition programme through Exhibition are being organized for the summit. Interested organizations or individuals are expected to participate by showcasing their products, services and technologies. This is however not a trade fair and materials for exhibition are NGO-related concerns except for corporate sponsors. Only 20 spaces are available and exhibitors will be considered on'First Come First Served' basis. An exhibition table cost US$70. Please send letter of intent or email with your payment to email@example.com by June 19, 2010. Late registrations will attract US$20 payable onsite.
Call for Papers
While speakers for the main sessions are being selected by the Organizing Committee, OC, opportunities are available for NGOs, donors or government representatives to introduce their organizations and its relevance to the conference or present particular projects or issues of interest to them and the NGO community. Speakers for this Panel Session are limited to ten (15) minutes presentation. Prospective presenters should submit a brief abstract (1 page maximum) of their planned presentation, full name, organization and address. Submission must be received latest by June 17, 2010. The Organizing Committee will select paper presenters and qualified applicants will be notified through email. Please submit abstract via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The organizers will accept adverts in the Book of Programme and other outlets such as magazine, flyers, Banners etc for the event. To advertise or request for further enquiries, please contact the organizers via email: email@example.com. These rates include full page, half page and quarter page, and are available on request.
Profiles of all the authors accepted and their papers presented during the conference will be edited and compiled in a Summary Book for publication after the event. Except where applicable or speakers on their own avail the participants copies of their papers and other souvenirs, the conference papers and proceeding with select photograph will be published after the programme. The cost of a copy of the Summary Book is $30 (postage inclusive). Attendees are therefore advised to add this to their registration fees and receive a copy of the booklet thereafter.
WANGO in collaboration with SENTRIM Hotels and Lodges is putting in place, a tour package for participants to visit interesting places, such as historical sites, safaris and parks in Kenya. This is however not included in the registration fees and payment will be received during the conference. Information about the tour will be available on site at the Conference venue.
Registrants wishing to cancel their registration for any reason(s) are advised to do so on or before Friday June 18, 2010. A full refund minus $50 cancellation will apply. No refund will be entertained after this date.
There are three payments methods accepted for the conference. While cash payments are accepted at the Secretariat via Bank Wire, Credit Card and Western Union Money Transfer are accepted also at the WANGO Headquarters and the Conference Secretariat. Registration, exhibition and other fees are payable at the account provided below. Note that payments are accepted in American Dollars ($) and European (E) currencies only.
Payment Option B – Credit Cards
Payment may be made via Credit Cards directly at the WANGO Headquarters. Credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, American Express), cheques, payable in US currency, are also accepted forms of payment for pre-registration. To send registration fees via bank wire or cheques as indicated above, please contact Dr. Rick Swarts at firstname.lastname@example.org for WANGO designation information.
Payment Option C – Western Union Money Transfer
Beneficiary’s Name – Mohammed Bougei Attah