AILA is in contact with several potential new affiliates, for example, to keep the momentum of the AILA 2017 World Congress going and to strengthen Applied Linguistics in Latin America. The procedure of becoming an AILA National Affiliate has been simplified. A new, checklist style application form provides prospective parties with an overview of all the requirements for a successful application.
In 2010, Multilingual Matters (MM) contributed 90,000 GBP to the AILA solidarity fund. As part of this donation, it was agreed that AILA would set up a Library Award, and special MM solidarity awards at the triennial AILA congresses. In an effort to increase communication and transparency among its members and after discussions with the EB/IC, AILA decided to embark on the development of a database and communication tool through an online platform and a dedicated AILA app which will be made available for free to all members of the AILA Affiliates. First versions of the tool will be evaluated and presented at the AILA EB/IC meeting 2018.