New Call for Abstracts

The Program Committee of the 6th Africa Forum is pleased to re-open its Call for Abstracts.

This new Call for Abstracts is open to participants wishing to make panel presentations or conduct short trainings, skills development or interactive sessions at the 6th Africa Forum.

Prospective presenters who submitted abstracts last year DO NOT need to re-submit. Such abstracts remain valid. All are welcome to submit new abstracts.

Guidelines for Submission

  • Abstracts must be submitted in English or French.
  • The title of each abstract must contain the following information:
    • Day theme
    • Sub-theme
    • Title of presentation
    • Name of author(s)
    • Name of author’s organization
    • Author’s email address
  • The body of the abstract must not exceed 250 words, must be typed using Arial font 12, saved as a Microsoft Word document, and sent as an email attachment to Abstracts may not be sent as part of the body of the mail.
  • The deadline for submitting an Abstract is 30 June 2015.  Authors of selected Abstracts will be notified by 31 July.

Panel Presentations

The theme of the 6th Africa Forum is, “Beyond 2015: Delivering on the Agenda for Persons with Visual Impairment in Africa.”

With this theme in mind, Africa Forum participants are encouraged to explore inclusive policies and practices that fall in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

The 6th Africa Forum program will be organised around four Day Themes. Each Day Theme also has a number of sub-themes. For each abstract submitted, the author must select one sub-theme. Details of both Day Themes and sub-themes are listed below.

Day Theme 1: Promoting Peaceful and Inclusive Societies for All

Abstracts are invited on research, policy and scalable approaches that address the rights of people who are blind and partially sighted to live in peaceful and inclusive societies.

Abstracts must focus specifically on one of the following sub-themes:

  1. Access and ownership to land and housing
  2. Promoting affordable, accessible and safe transport systems
  3. Building inclusive social protection and social safety-net systems
  4. Access to health care and sanitation services
  5. Providing  services in situations of risk, humanitarian emergency and natural disasters
  6. Promoting civil and political participation and access to justice

Day Theme 2:  Economic Self-Reliance, Employment and Decent Work

Abstracts are invited on research, legislation, practice and innovative approaches in addressing poverty reduction and economic self-reliance among Africans who are blind and partially sighted.

Abstracts must focus specifically on one of the following sub-themes:

  1. Promoting equity in the employment space
  2. Career diversification and preparation of young professionals
  3. Professional rehabilitation and workplace accommodation for professionals who are blind
  4. Entrepreneurship and self-employment for people who are blind and partially sighted
  5. Promoting sports and talent for economic self-reliance
  6. Income development for rural communities of people who are blind

Day Theme 3:  Ensuring Equitable Quality Education and Lifelong Learning for All

Abstracts are invited on emerging research, policy, best practices and models that address issues relating to access, retention, transition, equity and resourcing for education and lifelong learning for people who are blind or partially sighted.

Abstracts must focus specifically on one of the following sub-themes:

  1. Early childhood development, care and pre-primary education
  2. Primary and secondary education
  3. Technical, vocational and tertiary education
  4. Adult literacy and numeracy
  5. Access to printed and copyrighted material
  6. Educational services for people who are blind with additional disabilities

Day Theme Four: Strengthening Partnerships for Sustainable Development

Abstracts are invited on innovative and practical initiatives that enhance multi-stakeholder partnerships to mobilize and share information, knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources to support the achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in Africa.

Abstracts must focus specifically on one of the following sub-themes:

  1. Public, corporate and civil society partnerships in service delivery
  2. Development and use of data management systems for sustainable planning
  3. Building systems for measurement of development impact
  4. Developing knowledge and skills transfer mechanisms for improvement of services
  5. Human resource development within the blindness sector
  6. Involvement of universities and other research institutions in social development

Interactive Sessions

Abstracts are invited for workshops, short trainings, skills development and other interactive sessions. Interactive sessions will be two hours long.

For each abstract submitted, the author must select one of the themes listed below:

  1. The new UN Sustainable Development Goals: Implementation and monitoring frameworks
  2. Tackling the book famine in Africa: How the Marrakesh Treaty works
  3. Living the CRPD: Where are we in implementation, monitoring and reporting?
  4. Putting disability in the picture at the Africa Union
  5. Integrating the blindness agenda in the government planning system
  6. Mobile technology and the future of blindness services in Africa
  7. Technology transfer: Making ICT accessible to all
  8. Building proficiency in the use of smart devices
  9. Social media and new opportunities for blind and partially sighted people
  10. The role of blindness organisations in social accountability
  11. Leadership for organisational sustainability
  12. Trends in eye health and prevention of blindness in Africa
  13. Emerging issues in the spread, impact and control of HIV/AIDS among blind people in Africa
  14. Promotion of braille literacy in Africa