Introduction

IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT SUBMITTING A MASTERCLASS PROPOSAL FOR IFC 2019

Please take the time to read all the information below before submitting your proposal. Please note: There are multiple pages to this form, and you will likely need about 15-20 minutes to complete the proposal fully.

What is a masterclass? A long-form, deep-dive session designed to stretch participants' thinking and presented over 6.5 hours over two days at the start of the congress
Any key speaker criteria? All applicants must have a proven track record of presenting similar length and in-depth sessions at conferences in the past.

TIMELINE
Masterclass proposal deadline: Sunday 13 January 2019
Workshop proposal deadline: Sunday 20 January 2019
Decision on masterclass proposals: Friday 8 February 2019
Decision on workshop proposals: By end of April 2019
Draft presentation due date: Friday 16 August 2019
Showtime!: 15-18 October 2019

There are some other important dates for speaker preparation, particularly around extra support for those who are delivering a session for the first time at the IFC. These additional dates will be outlined if you are invited to speak.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR
Proven expertise. You will need to demonstrate a proven track record of experience in your chosen field, as well as great presentation skills.
New ideas or fresh takes on the basics.
Diversity. New and returning speakers; gender balance; a mix of practitioners, consultants and corporates; and speakers from different regions. We place a high value on including a diverse range of voices in every session, in particular those from underrepresented communities. Sessions proposals are strongly encouraged to reflect this value in both the individuals participating as presenters and in the content delivered. 
Balance. Speakers from agencies, consultancies and providers must invite a co-presenter from an NGO client to provide the best balance of theory and practice of the strategies and ideas presented. Two speakers from the same organisation may not speak together in the same session.

IFC 2019 THEME
The theme for IFC 2019 will be officially announced in the early new year. In the meantime, we can reveal that the theme will be focused on the urgency needed in moving from conversations and discussions to taking real action and how we can do that most effectively and immediately.

We require all speakers to work the theme into their session content. The Resource Alliance team will work with speakers whose proposals are accepted to craft powerful and intriguing session descriptions that shed light on the session topic in relation to the theme.

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