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SAFG Principles and Values of Conference Participation

SAFG endorses the Scandinavian Model of freedom of expression and gender equality as an essential principle in development and in promoting full participation in our conferences. The combined efforts of all stakeholders in the public and private sectors and civil society are required to halt and reverse the trajectory of development in Africa using the Scandinavian Model. Interaction and engagement contribute to advancing commitment, policy and practice aimed at creating meaninful development partnerships. 

The right to participate at an SAFG supported conference is fundamental to ensuring open dialogue between all stakeholders. The SAFG encourages debate and dialogue as key elements of participation, among all conference participants including delegates, sponsors, speakers and presenters, researchers and scientists, community representatives, leaders and the media. 

SAFG opposes the disruption of conference sessions or satellite meetings that results in the inability for dialogue and debate to take place.

General Principles

  • Responsibility: All participants attending a conference are subject to the laws applicable in the country of the location. By attending a conference, participants also agree to adhere to these Principles and Values of Conference Participation. 
  • Support: The conference will provide support and space for meaningful participation including community involvement to enable a broad spectrum of viewpoints. 
  • Access: The conference reserves the right to withdraw the name badge, and therefore, deny access to participants who do not adhere to these Principles. Additional information and the full statement will be available at the on-site registration counter.

Other Procedures and Measures for Supporting Participation

The conference will offer or provide other measures to support or facilitate meaningful participation. 

Sessions Participation: The conference programme will include features in conference sessions and activities to provide opportunities for various viewpoints to be expressed and heard, as key elements of the SAFG commitment to enhanced participation and dialogue. 

Prior Dialogue and Consultation: SAFG encourages dialogue among and with participants prior to the conference. SAFG will consult with all organizations, sponsors and local partner, and other participants on policies and measures to increase and facilitate participation. 

Networking and Meeting Space: SAFG 2015 will provide space in the conference venue to facilitate and support dialogue, discussion, and networking. These spaces include a lounge for persons with disabilities, and informal networking areas or zones, etc. 




Last edited: 02/12/2014