“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
—Nelson Mandela

Hosting a Conference



  • Whenever and wherever possible, the conference should be held in a developing country.
  • Conference themes and focus areas should encompass a broad understanding of Language and Development issues, both internationally and in the host country.
  • The conference should provide a forum for discussing change and contribute to the professional development of people involved.
  • The conference program should be designed so that it is participatory and builds toward a collective outcome.
  • Participation should be balanced among national and international delegates.
  • Strategies, including a flexible fee structure and a plan for attracting funding, should allow for maximum participation by delegates who would not otherwise be able to participate.
  • Previous conference organizers should be involved in the planning of subsequent conferences. It is the prerogative of the current organizer to invite other co-organizers to be involved as they deem appropriate, and
  • Current organizers should have access to administrative documents and files from previous conference hosts, including budget details, mailing lists and results of evaluations.