Happy New Year from the ICAI Board to all ICAI members, and to all ICA friends and colleagues worldwide. We are grateful for all your support for ICA’s global mission of advancing human development in 2015, and wish you the best for all of your activities in 2016.
Fourteen representatives of 10 member ICAs participated in two online ICAI General Assembly meetings on December 10, and seven of 10 current statutory member ICAs voted in the online GA poll over the following 10 days to December 20. Thank you to all who participated.
As a result of the GA we are pleased to welcome two new Associate members to ICAI, both nominated by ICA Kenya with the support of ICA Tanzania and ICA Uganda, and both approved unanimously by the GA – NCOC Kenya (Nairobi Community Organisation Consultants) and SCR Kenya (Support for Community Response) are both led by long-time colleagues of ICA in Kenya.
During the GA meetings we heard updates from the ICAI Global ToP (Technology of Participation) policy working group and the ICAI Global Conference working group, and also discussed global communications and peer-to-peer support for new members of ICAI.
We are grateful to the 28 ICAs who have already responded to our recent global survey on members’ usage of, capacity for and aspirations for ToP facilitation methods, and to the Global ToP working group that is now analysing the responses in order to make recommendations for peer-to-peer support and collaboration among ICAs in implementing our new global ToP policy. We urge members that have not yet responded to continue to do so – please contact us to ask for a link to the online survey form.
We are also grateful to the ICAI Global Conference working group for its work with Initiatives of Change (IofC) exploring possibilities for a joint conference in Human Development at IofC Caux in Switzerland or elsewhere, now perhaps in 2017 or 2018.
The December issue of ICAI’s Winds & Waves magazine ‘Climate Change‘ was published on the 25th, as a Christmas gift! We are grateful as ever to the tireless editorial team, who work so hard to enable us to share stories and insights on human development in this magazine three times each year. I echo the appeal of Peter Ellins in this latest issue – please do contribute to the magazine in 2016, and please contact us if you may be interested in joining the team to support with commissioning, reporting, editing, layout and design, social media, or in any other way.
This post was written for ICAI’s monthly bulletin the Global Buzz, January 2016.