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Pre Conference Youth Event: 28th OCTOBER 2019
Main Conference:                  29th TO 31st OCTOBER 2019
VENUE: Speke Resort & Conference Centre Munyonyo - Kampala Uganda

The 2019 Africa region Conference

In October 2018, Government of Uganda through Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) in partnership with the National Association of Social Workers of Uganda (NASWU) won the bid to host the international Federation of Social Workers 2019 Africa region Conference on October 28-31, 2019 The conference is part of the National agenda to continuously expand and strengthen Social Work practice for improved social service delivery. Its therefore aligned to the national policy frameworks notably the social development sector plan 2015-2020 and the national social protection policy among others.

This conference aims to enhance existing linkages and build new partnerships and collaborations for the scale up of best social work practices that will hone the human relations and drive Uganda into achievements of sustainable development goals and national social development priorities

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Keynote Speakers

Angelo McClain

Angelo McClain

Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW, is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Social Workers and President of the National Association of Social Workers Foundation. NASW is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in America with 120,000 members. NASW promotes, the Profession of social work and social workers, and advocates for sound social policies that improve well-being for individuals, families and communities.

Dr. McClain previously served as Commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families for six years. While there, he oversaw a budget of $850 million and a workforce of 3,500 employees to address reports of abuse and neglect for the state’s most vulnerable children, partnering with families to help them better nurture and protect their children. Dr. McClain grew up in Texas, and is a distinguished alumnus of Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from West Texas State University, a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a PhD in Social Work from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.

Ruth Stark

Ruth Stark

Ruth Stark has been a social worker for over 40 years working mainly in Scotland. She has worked with people suffering from mental health issues, with children and their families, with young people in state care, in criminal justice and with people facing deportation; with people affected by their physical and emotional environment. She is passionate about listening to the stories of people who are experts through experience, as she knows that at some point in each of our lives we all use our social work services. Social work has to be there at a standard that each one of us would respect and be proud to be involved in. Inevitably practice concerns have led to involvement in policy making and implementation at local, regional and global level. Like every other social worker she struggles with the daily challenge of working with competing human rights and helping people achieve their sense of social justice. Published on World Social Work Day 2019 the collection of reflective social work stories will give some background to the presentation https://www.ifsw.org/product/books/social-work-beyond-borders-the-impor…

Welcome Message from NASWU President

Byamukama Michael Ntanda

Dear Social work professionals, practitioners and supporters from Africa and across the globe, welcome to Kampala Uganda. On behalf of National Association of Social Workers of Uganda (NASWU), I enthusiastically welcome you to 2019 IFSW African Regional Conference in Kampala. We all have a critical role to play in promoting social change and enhances people’s wellbeing. This role is very real in situations of persistent increase of vulnerable populations, as evident across the globe.

The conference under the theme: “Social Work in Strengthening Human Relations for Social Economic and Political Transformation”, will play a great role in strengthening the social work profession’s visibility and capacity as social work leaders and representatives in the region and beyond.

I look forward to seeing you all at this exciting and historic event. It will be a thrilling event for us as social work professionals and practitioners as we join hands to make this event historical.

Welcome to the pearl of Africa.
Byamukama Michael Ntanda
NASWU President

Welcome Message from IFSW President

Silvana Martinez

Dear colleagues from the African region and beyond, I would like to warmly welcome you to the 2019 IFSW African Regional Conference in Kampala. Many of the world’s best examples of social work come from the African region and this conference will create wonderful opportunities to share and learn from one another and to take-home inspiring experiences. This conference will also play a major role in strengthening the social work profession’s visibility and capacity as social work leaders and representatives will be in attendance from the North, South, East, West and Centre of the African region. I look forward to seeing you at what will be an exciting and historic event.

Silvana Martinez
IFSW Global President

Message from IFSW Africa Regional President

Noel Muridzo
Message from the Regional President

It is with great pleasure that IFSW Africa Region welcomes you to this biannual Regional Conference being hosted by Uganda, themed Our regional conferences bring together social work practitioners, academics and key stakeholders from the diverse fields of social work.

I am convinced that the interaction will bring value for all social work service users and transform the lives of peoples of Africa and the world at large. Allow me to extend my appreciation to The National Association of Social Workers in Uganda and the Local Organising Committee for the work done. From experience, I know that organizing an event of this nature is great work.

I also extend my appreciation to IFSW Global, Stakeholders and all participants for making this conference a success.

Join us in Kampala, to what promises to be one of the best conferences hosted by Africa. Uganda waits to host you. See in Kampala.

Noel Muridzo,
PhD IFSW Africa Regional President


Kampala is Uganda's national and commercial capital bordering Lake Victoria, Africa's largest lake. Hills covered with red-tile villas and trees surround an urban centre of contemporary skyscrapers

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Who's Attending

It is envisioned that the conference will be attended by International, Regional and National Academicians, Practitioners, Policy makers, Social Work Service Providers, In school youth, out of school youth, community front line workers among others g others


Conference Venue

Speke Resort Munyonyo is situated in an idyllic setting in Munyonyo, 30 minutes away from Kampala City- the capital of Uganda and 45 minutes from Entebbe International Airport.



About The National Association of Social Workers of Uganda (NASWU)

The National Association of Social Workers of Uganda (NASWU) is a registered national NGO (12940), an independent professional body working for the advancement of Social Work in Uganda. It was founded in 1972 with a lot of enthusiasm from its members.  The aim was to establish an organization that would promote advancement of a Social Work profession. NASWU falls under and is promoted by the Ministry of Gender Labor and Social Development. It is also a member of International Federation of Social Workers, Global Social Service Workforce Alliance and works closely with the International Schools of Social Work.

Visit www.naswu.org to learn more.