11GA Request For Proposal

Every four years the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) holds its General Assembly. IAPB’s Assemblies provide a forum for people involved in the fight against avoidable blindness and visual impairment to share information and exchange ideas. It normally includes a 3-day programme of scientific lectures, panel discussions, symposia and courses; social events, including an opening and closing ceremonies and gala dinner; and a trade exhibition for equipment manufacturers and NGOs to showcase products and projects.The 10th General Assembly (10GA) will be held in Durban in October 2016.

IAPB is now inviting interested parties who would like to host the 11th General Assembly in 2020 in their city to submit a proposal.

Guidelines for Associations wishing to host

The host association should:

  • Ensure that the proposed city is close to an international hub airport (accepting intercontinental flights). Ideally the airport will be within 40 minutes road/rail travel of the venue with regular connections.
  • Be confident of attracting delegates from home country.
  • Provide appropriate human resources to fulfil their role. This will include nominating a staff member to act as lead contact to liaise with the project team at IAPB and selected PCO (Professional Conference Organiser). The individual must have excellent organisational skills as well as a good command of the English language (written and spoken).
  • Provide staff/volunteer support before and during the 11GA.
  • Have good links with both National and local Government.
  • Be enthusiastic about coming on board as a Sponsor.

Venue / Accommodation Requirements

There are key criteria that must be met at the Expression of Interest stage with regards to Venue / Accommodation capacities. There must be at least one venue in the proposed city that will take a capacity of 1,600 delegates in theatre style, Exhibition space and 4 good size break out rooms.  During the application stage please do not approach venues with specific availability and related costs enquiries.


The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organizations, corporations and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.

IAPB’s mission is to eliminate the main causes of avoidable blindness and visual impairment by bringing together governments and non-governmental agencies to facilitate the planning, development and implementation of sustainable national eye care programmes.

IAPB’s General Assemblies are the premier global event discussing public health issues related to blindness and visual impairment. For the 10th General Assembly (10GA), an expected 1600 delegates will have access to an exceptional learning and information exchange opportunities from 27-30 October 2016. The event will take place in Durban, South Africa at the multi-award winning Durban International Convention Centre, which is one of Africa’s leading conference centres.

The general assembly caters to every eye health professional – ophthalmologists, optometrists, other eye health professionals, development and public health experts, key opinion leaders, procurement specialists, CEOs, eye care equipment manufacturers – making it the biggest event in the eye health calendar.

The theme for 10GA is “Stronger Together”. It reflects IAPB’s aim to underscore the key value it delivers to the eye care sector – building partnerships and ensuring that the entire sector speaks in one voice.

Application Process 

Please complete the Application Form and submit before Monday 2nd May 2016.

Completed submissions will be reviewed to determine whether each nominated destination and venue/s are appropriate to the needs of the 11GA based on location, capacity, accessibility and infrastructure.  If the venue/s are considered appropriate, additional information on venues costs will be sought at this time by our selected PCO.

Recommendations will be submitted to the IAPB Board of Trustees at the beginning of May 2016. Once accepted, the winner will be contacted and a public announcement will be made at the 10GA.