What is the difference between a Coordinate and Affiliate Organization?
Coordinate Organizations are organizations with a scholarly and professional interest in Africa, with a primary focus on facilitating the exchange of ideas, information and knowledge on Africa. Coordinate Organizations are considered legal entities of the African Studies Association, and must use the ASA website or accounts to collect dues and other fees. At least 25 members of a Coordinate Organization must also be members of the ASA to remain in good financial standing. Coordinate Organizations will receive one panel without review each Annual Meeting. The organization may submit other panels for review. If accepted, those panels will be designated as panels of that organization. Links to Coordinate Organization webpages will be provided on the ASA website. An Annual Report must be submitted for the previous calendar year to the ASA secretariat on or before February 1. Coordinate Organization applicants therefore apply with the understanding that they must abide by these requirements.
Affiliate Organizations are organizations with a scholarly and professional interest in Africa, and operate independently of the ASA. Affiliate Organizations are provided with free space for their business meetings at the ASA Annual Meeting (subject to availability). Affiliate Organizations may sponsor panels at the ASA Annual Meeting. Affiliate Organization applicants are not requesting to be within the ASA’s 510(c)3 and therefore remain closely tied to the ASA but not legally bound to it.