The 2009 SANGONeT "ICTs for Civil Society" Conference 2009 will be held from 15-16 October 2009 in Johannesburg and 20-21 October 2009 in Cape Town.
The annual SANGONeT “ICTs for Civil Society” Conference is the premier ICT event dedicated to the work of the NGO sector in Southern Africa.
The 2009 event will be held in two parts - from 15-16 October 2009 in Johannesburg, and 20-21 October 2009 in Cape Town.
Following the success of the previous four annual SANGONeT conferences, the 2009 event will focus on the relevance of social media tools to the South African NGO sector. Specific attention will be given to three key related issues:
how NGOs are and/or should be using social media tools (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc) in support of their work;
how to strengthen and complement fundraising strategies using social media tools;
how social media tools are used on 'Africa's computer' - the mobile phone.
Social media are tools that allow groups to generate content, engage in peer-to-peer conversations and exchange content. The key features of social media are participation and interaction, connecting people and providing the tools necessary to have a conversation - all important components of NGOs’ day-to-day work.
The SANGONeT conference will interrogate and assess this scenario in the South African context by drawing on the experience of international experts, showcasing innovative projects, and facilitating the transfer of skills.
The conference programme will include an impressive list of local and international speakers which will make this a truly memorable event.
By hosting the event in two cities we hope to attract many NGOs that would otherwise not be able to attend. The two events will convene approximately 300 NGO practitioners, government officials, donors and representatives from the IT and telecommunications industry interested in the use and application of social media in support of the NGO sector.
The programme of the 2009 SANGONeT conference will be strategically informed by the findings of the 2009 “State of ICTs in the South African NGO Sector” research project which we are implementing in conjunction with World Wide Worx.