Review of Africa Associations Congress
21 November 2018
Posted by: Katie Spackman
More than 140 delegates including 102 executives representing associations from Pan-African, regional and national African associations, as well as some international delegates from Europe and USA, attended the Africa Associations Congress in Pretoria, South Africa last week. They were captivated by the speakers and talks of the Congress, organised by the Association of Association Executives (AAE).
Delegates heard from some of the best association speakers in Africa and were fascinated by the talk given by Professor Solomon Rataemane, Secretary General of the World Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation. There was also a real buzz about an engaging keynote from local motivational speaker Charlotte Kemp – Futures Alchemist - who talked about Re-inventing the Association.
Delegates really appreciated the sharing of Association Success Story case studies. This was very popular and many stayed beyond the end of the session, talking, discussing and sharing.
“What a pleasure to attend a conference that is focused on making associations better and to provide us with tips and practical advice. I have certainly learnt lessons that I will be applying in my own association. Looking forward to the next one.” Rianné Potgieter, Chief Executive Officer at the Compliance Institute Southern Africa fed back to AAE.
Another delegate, Mr Phankha, Executive Head of the South African Community Foundation said “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to learn about social associational entrepreneurship ….. I would like to highlight the importance of this Congress and that I have learned a lot from the two days and enjoyed it very much, learning about issues of transformation, effectiveness, purpose, diversity and many more.”
Exhibitors and sponsors gained substantial value in being part of a gathering of such an important group of association executives – many positive relationships have been formed as a result.
Damian Hutt, Executive Director, AAE said “We’re very pleased with the outcome of the inaugural Africa Associations Congress. Many attendees travelled across the continent and found the event stimulating and valued the educational content.
We achieve success because we take time and carryout research so that we deliver the right content via the right format for association executives. We’ve had very favourable feedback and this is the first of a permanent Africa Associations Congress series and other events. We are very excited about the programme ahead.”