Community in Conflict: the Role of Civil Society
Wednesday Nov. 14, 2018, 2018
2 to 4:45 p.m.

Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) Community Event.  Presented by the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service, UT Austin

What are the roles of NGOs and nonprofits in addressing conflicts that exist within - and between - communities?  Community differences, disagreement, and violence seem to permeate our conversations and news.  Throughout the world and at specific times and places, community organizations, philanthropy, and ordinary people address these divisions in various ways.  You are invited to learn and discuss with practice-oriented researchers about current scholarship in the field.  This public event is for individuals and leaders in the local community with an interest in what strengthens community discourse and action.


2:00 PM - Session 1

  • Thomas Adam, The University of Texas at Arlington: The Role of Civil Society Organizations in German Conflicts During the 19th and 20th Centuries 
  • Ram Cnaan, The University of Pennsylvania: Peace and Coexistence Nonprofit Organizations in Israel: Background, History, and Survival (#1)
  • Michael Almog-Bar, The Hebrew University in Jerusalem: Peace and Coexistence Nonprofit Organizations in Israel; Background, History, and Survival (#2)
  • Titania Fernandez, Partnership Development Services, South Africa: The Role of Cape Town Community Chest in a Community in Conflict
  • Helen Liu, National Taiwan University: Roles and Politics of Community - Nonprofit  Organizations in Hong Kong and Taiwan

3:15 PM - Break

3:30 PM - Session 2

  • Dabesaki Mac-Ikemenjima, Ford Foundation Office for West Africa: Pathways to Choice: Enabling Youth and Employment Transitions Under Conflict in the Niger Delta and North Nigeria
  • Patricia Rosenfield, Herbert and Audrey Rosenfield Fund: The Role of the Ford Foundation and Carnegie Corporation in South Africa Under Apartheid and in Chile During the Pinochet Coup and Regime
  • Samir Abu-Rumman, Gulf Opinions Center for Polls, Kuwait and Global Center for Philanthropy Studies: The Role of NGO’s  in Using Public Opinion to Address Community Conflict- “Peace Polls”
  • Tijani Ahmed Hamza, Oxfam International: Roles of a Nonprofit in Communities in Conflict: Some Experiences of Oxfam International
  • Shariq Siddiqui, Association for Research on Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations: Nonprofit Diversity and Legitimacy During Times of Crisis: The Cause of Muslim America After 9/11/2001

4:45 PM – Closing remarks and wrap-up