2015 is in full swing and a very exciting year indeed. IAP2 Southern Africa is celebrating 4 years of existence as the local affiliate of IAP2 and now close to 100 members representing the top ranks of the industry.
The 4-year mark is a crucial milestone for any organisation and a sign we’re here to stay. We’ve proven the value we can add to regulatory discussions on good practice, while supporting public participation practitioners to get the recognition they deserve.
Having run our regional Core Values Awards competition for the second time last year, we couldn’t have been more thrilled that our local winners of “Project of the Year” went on to also top this category at international level. Well done to the Alchemy team for their passion and dedication to excellence!
With this momentum, and a steadily growing network of members and friends supporting us, we intend to run the regional Core Values Awards annually going forward. So, start working on your entries for either “Project of the Year” or “Organisation of the Year”. We will soon announce the call for submissions for 2015.
More importantly, over the last 4 years we have established an organisation that’s more member focused and committed to supporting you as a public participation professional to develop your skills and share your knowledge.
Although our IAP2 Foundations Course continues to draw new practitioners to the fold, there is a definite need to offer more advanced and tailored courses to help you progress on your learning journey.
Finally, our internal systems and governance remain the bedrock that enables us to serve your interests. Driven by our volunteer board, we continue to develop better and faster ways to run our membership systems and events. But there is still much work to do. Our marketing could be much better and we have a much wider network to establish – particularly with a view to African members outside of South Africa.
With these opportunities in mind, we will be calling for nominations for new directors to join our board in 2015 and we really hope to hear from you. Check out our director portfolios to get a sense of the work we do. We also welcome volunteers who just want to offer their time and talents without standing for the board. We look forward to your ideas and new energy!
There are lots of other highlights to share, and not enough space to cover them all here. Please stay tuned by renewing your membership. We are excited to now offer easier and more secure online payment options. This will keep you on our newsletter and up-to-date with our latest activities.
Wishing you a prosperous year ahead!
Chair, IAP2 Southern Africa