1) We are very excited to direct you to the first call for papers for the African Network for Evidence-to-Action on Disability (AfriNEAD) 2011 Symposium which is taking place between 28th – 30th November 2011 at the Elephant Hills Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe..
Please visit the website for details and to submit your papers. Please note that the closing date for submissions is 30 April 2011.
2) The following mission and vision statements have been temporarily adopted for AfriNEAD and are to be finalised at the 2011 symposium:
- AfriNEAD’s mission is to be a dynamic disability sector network where there is free and open exchange of ideas and evidence to advance the realisation of equal rights for people with disabilities and to promote action for social inclusion and participation.
- AfriNEAD’s vision is to facilitate an integrated, cooperative, evidence-based approach towards realising the rights of people with disabilities in their various communities in order to achieve better quality of life on a day-to-day basis.
3) Progress on the development of our AfriNEAD journal is meeting some challenges. While a few uncertainties remain, we are pleased to report the following progress: it will be a Pan-African, open access journal seeking to publish innovative research and reviews in all aspects of Disability with particular emphasis on the African and development context. The first papers should be online within the next few months and the official launch of the journal is planned to take place during the AfriNEAD Symposium 28-30 November 2011.
4) Work on the AfriNEAD 2009 book is progressing well: we look forward to presenting all delegates attending the 2011 symposium with a copy.
5) We are also opening a page on the AfriNEAD website for book reviews of any disability-related books. Please submit your book reviews to: firstname.lastname@example.org
6) In a first-time collaboration between the Centre for Rehabilitation Studies, AfriNEAD and the University of Stellenbosch Faculty of Theology, a Theology, Disability and Human Dignity Conference is planned to take place 18th – 20th May 2011. Several AfriNEAD members will be participating as special guest speakers. For more information click here (and follow the link to ‘Conferences’).
7) AfriNEAD intends for its website to serve as a networking tool. For this to happen we need members to complete and/or update their profiles as fully as possible. Please do check and update yours by logging-in. Please also check and update your contact details and encourage your other contacts to do so, so that our mailing list can remain up-to-date.
Looking forward to meeting you all in Zimbabwe later this year.