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Theme: Enhancing Partnerships, Growth and Opportunities for Associations in a Post-Pandemic Africa

23 - 24 September 2021


African Association leaders ended the 3rd Africa Association Summit on a high note with a rallying call to enhance partnerships among Associations on the continent as a post-pandemic growth strategy.

Addressing the closing session of the Summit, the President of the African Society of  Association Executives (AfSAE) Jeffers Miruka expressed satisfaction that the 2021 event had managed to meets its four objectives of; highlighting the contribution of African Associations in the socio-economic development agenda of Africa, showcasing opportunities for African Associations in the newly established African Free Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), sharing educational and learning material on the latest global trends in Associations management, and facilitating professional connections between African Associations Executives and their international counterparts.


A communique issued after the summit identified the following as the key areas that AfSAE will focus on for the next year 


  • Create a forum for learning and knowledge sharing about the practice of the association profession in Africa by transforming events to align with relevant global trends specific to Africa, driving dialogue within African Associations and provide an educative program that focuses on impact, providing the platform that enables empowered Associations to celebrate success and leverage on opportunities and Serve as a connecting platform between African and Global Associations.


  • Publicly support and make recommendations on policies relevant to associations in Africa by leading Policy dialogue and mainstream development policies relevant for African associations, leading and or amplifying campaigns for association policy changes when and where necessary, collecting and Collating data, relevant for favourable Association Management practices and expanding our engagement strategies with key stakeholders.


  • Create and build a continent and global-wide network of Association management professionals through expanding on our influence and liaise with regional organizations like the AU / AfCFTA / ECOSOC etc., leveraging on Association Management Industry events and opportunities, providing the opportunity for members and stakeholders to connect to the worldwide community of Associations and not for profit management practitioners and working on strategies for membership engagement and collaboration.

  • Liaise with like-minded organizations to expand on our mutual impact. This will be achieved by enhancing collaboration with peers and like-minded organizations, exploring partnerships opportunities in Africa and abroad with all sectors of society, improving communications and building cooperative alliances with kindred organizations, government and business decision-makers and engaging all sectors of society to collectively advocate on issues that affect Association Management.


  • Ensure effective leadership and management and invest in diverse components required for a sustainable organization by renewing the internal governance structures and embrace innovative techniques to association management, reimagining how we secure resources for the organization, effectively allocating resources to achieve strategic objectives and build the governing capacities of stakeholder groups and members.


At the Africa Association Summit (AAS3), eight organizations were feted during the inaugural Associations Advance Africa Awards (AAA), divided into four categories. They included:

1. Outstanding Professional Development Program


2. Outstanding Community Impact Award


3. Outstanding Advocacy Campaign


4. Outstanding Achievement in Diversity and Inclusion (particularly of Women and Youth)

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