Murakaza neza i Kigali (Karibuni, Welcome to, Bienvenue à Kigali), either physically or virtually!

Greeting’s ladies and gentlemen,

It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the IFSW Africa regional Hybrid International Social Work Conference.

This is the second international social work conference we host in Kigali, and this is of great importance since it brings together participants from all over the world with different backgrounds such as researchers, academicians, policymakers, students, social work practitioners, civil society organizations representatives to mention but a few.

The conference will be held in Kigali from 23rd to 26 November 2021 with the theme “Towards Ubuntu and Sustainable Development: Social Work position in achieving Sustainable Development Goals”.

As the conference’s main theme highlights it, participants will share their experience about the position of Ubuntu social work in achieving Sustainable Development Goals. Indeed, by bringing together researchers, academicians, policymakers, and practitioners, the conference will contribute to display new knowledge, discuss identified new knowledge gaps in terms of strategies accommodating the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.

The conference is jointly organized by the Rwanda National organization of Social Workers, and the International Federation of Social Work African region. On behalf of the local organizing committee, and the Rwandan community, I take this opportunity to welcome you all.

The organizing committee values the participation of everyone and wishes you all a warm welcome at the wonderful Kigali conference premises.

Dr Hahirwa G. Joseph
Chair, Local Organizing Committee

Message from the IFSW Africa Regional Vice President

It is with great pleasure that IFSW Africa Region welcomes you to this biannual Regional Conference being hosted by Rwanda, themed; Towards Ubuntu and Sustainable Development: Social Work position in achieving SDGs.

The conference is being held at the time that the whole world is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic which has brought the whole globe to a near standstill. IFSW AR in collaboration with the Rwanda National Organization of Social Workers (RWA-NOSW) also known as the host decided to hold a hybrid conference in adherence to the COVID-19 regulations.

Our regional conferences bring together social work practitioners, educators, key stakeholders and professionals from other social work related fields. I am convinced that the conference will avail us all an opportunity to share our practice experiences, foster linkages and networking in the spirit of Ubuntu as we co-build a post COVID-19 future together. As a region, we also hope that this conference will present us a platform for advocating for equity of access to COVID-19 vaccines, particularly for our people in Africa.

Allow me at this juncture to pay my heartfelt tribute to all social workers and other health and non-health frontline staff who lost their lives to COVID-19 pandemic. You were indeed true men and women of valor, may your precious souls rest in power.

Last but not least, allow me to extend my heartfelt appreciation to the Rwanda National Organization of Social Workers, the Local Organizing Committee and all those involved in making this conference a success. I know that organizing an event such as this during these difficult times requires great commitment and dedication. May I also extend my unwavering appreciation to IFSW Global, all our partners and conference participants for making this conference a great success.

Join us in Kigali- Rwanda for those opting to attend the conference in person as well as online for those opting for virtual attendance. We look forward to welcoming you in Rwanda. Stay safe and keep others safe from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Murakaza neza

Joachim Cuthbert Mumba
IFSW Africa Regional Vice President 

Message from the IFSW Secretary-General

Dr Rory Truell, IFSW Secretary-General

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