Welcome in 2017 to alanfowler.org
I hope you can find your way around as well as what you are looking for or are surprised to see. In addition to details of my writings and an updated CV, the tab on Readings contains information about publications that I have read or used last year that you might find interesting.
Activities in 2016
The past year saw completion of the documentation of a one year study on multi-stakeholder initiatives which paid attention to the issue of local ownership. Policy implications were presented at the second High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation in Nairobi.
From January, I have started establishing a Master of Management degree in African Philanthropy at the Wits Business School (WBS). Using a participatory approach, a milestone was reached at the end of the year with approval of a Master's curriculum by the University as a critical step for accreditation by the Higher Education Council.
As you will see from my publications tab, there has been quite a lot of material moving from my keyboard into public spaces to stimulate and contribute to debate across a range of topics, including my past work with civil society.
Continuing and New Initiatives
After a workshop in Kenya co-hosted by the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) the Master's programme is in a position to determine research needs in philanthropy across the continent. If all goes well, research activities should start in 2017, with an emphasis on Francophone Africa. In addition, this year will see more attention given to the business dimensions of the degree.
In parallel, I will be involved in designing a new research initiative of the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) looking at how Diaspora organisations influence politics in host and home countries. A major research project on this topic should take off in 2018.
Thirdly, I will start to devote more time to the organisational development of the Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve (GCBR). This is a local NGO dedicated to rehabilitation and sustainable development of the people and ecology of the area where I live.
If you are interested in any of these fields, please get in touch.
By and large, with a few selected exceptions, practical consulting and advising are now a thing of the past with my time devoted more and more towards academic contributions in degree development, writing and research.
I look forward to hearing from you.