One of the key missions of the International Political Science Association is to assist the development of the study of politics in the Global South (countries in which income per capita is below a certain level).
Our association works hard to achieve this goal. We held our Congress in 2016 in Poznan and in 2018 we will meet in Brisbane. Plus, the 2008 meeting in Montréal, the 2010 conference in Luxembourg and the 2011 joint-conference in Sao Paulo showed once again how well IPSA works as a facilitator for contacts between political scientists that lead to research projects. Free copies of the International Political Science Review are offered to all political science departments in the poorest nations, and low cost copies and membership are offered to those in other less developed nations; reviewers and submissions are actively sought from all over the world. IPSA offers advantageous terms for membership to national associations in poorer nations. Our Research Committees enable colleagues from such nations to participate in the global political science community and to network with others sharing their interests. Our rules ensure geographical diversity in the composition of the RC’s as well as in the organization of sessions at each meeting.
But we are well aware that this is not enough. The least endowed countries in the Global South find it extremely difficult to find the resources for providing higher education. It is hard enough to find sufficient resources to sustain a proper system of higher education for their students. Enabling their teachers to attend international conferences like IPSA is often simply impossible. As a consequence, they are seriously under represented at IPSA congresses, especially those far from home.
IPSA does not have enough funds of its own to give such scholars sufficient funds for attending its Congresses. Air travel and even budget accommodation costs a lot of money, usually much more than the maximum IPSA travel grant. Time and again, serious scholars are accepted to take part in important sessions of a forthcoming congress, offered an IPSA grant, and nevertheless forced to send their regrets for lack of sufficient funding. The problem is severe.
This is why IPSA is appealing to national political science associations and their members to donate to a specific fund, IPSA Global South Solidarity Fund, to help political scientists from developing countries. Please give as much as you possibly can: think of a figure you can afford and then double it. Our goal is to be able to help as many developing world scholars as possible to come to Brisbane in July of 2018. We are asking for your contribution to reach us by September 1, 2017 if possible and at latest by June 10, 2018. Sooner is better, but payment in two instalments is acceptable.
A facility is available to donate below or on the membership form. If you have any problem completing your donation, please contact Mathieu St-Laurent at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can make a real difference for political scientists in the Global South. Please help them meet and interact with the international political science community.