About IAF in Africa
Facilitators during a conference
Facilitation in Africa is as broad and diverse as the continent itself. Made up of 54 countries, with as many as 2,000 different spoken languages and at least as many ethnic groups, the continent is rich in its many approaches to facilitation. Facilitation practice is also very deep-rooted in many African traditional and spiritual practices, and occurs naturally in many communities throughout the region.
Africa Region Priorities
- Continued growth of membership and chapters throughout the region
- Continued development of “African voice and perspective” throughout all IAF activities
- Development of Facilitation practice through conferences, facilitator dialogues, online sessions etc.
- Professional Development through holding regular Certified Professional Facilitation (CPF) events and supporting training & mentoring processes
- Improved Networking and Communication, including making maximum use of online & social media platforms
For more information about the region, please contact our Regional Director, Maame Gaisey, through email@example.com
- Community: Connecting People: Engaging Peer to Peer Communities
- Establishing Professional Pathways
- Enabling Brand Ambassadorship
Africa Leadership Team
Under the guidance of the African Regional Director, there is a Leadership Team composed of 9 people representing the different sub-regions (North, East, West & Central, and Southern Africa), as well as those with “special roles”, namely Marketing, Communication, Membership & Chapters.
Facilitation in Africa
What does facilitation look like in Africa? There is no simple answer to this question; facilitation approaches and experiences are as broad and diverse as the continent itself.
Traditional and common practices, such as storytelling and community-led development, sit in harmony with participatory facilitation processes. When combined effectively, they can produce powerful and sustainable outcomes.
"Mozambique is at a stage where building capacity and knowledge is in demand to respond to the challenges for development. As such, I see an enormous opportunity for facilitation across the country. And that is my personal contribution. As a facilitator, I help a group of people go somewhere together, with a purpose." - Edson Correia, IAF member and CPF in Maputo, Mozambique
"Since the profession is still relatively new in Nigeria, there is a huge opportunity for an association that helps to create awareness for just what facilitation is or is not, and to set standards and promote ethics and best practices for facilitation." - Kate Onyeanakwe, IAF member based in Abuja, Nigeria
"In Togo, and much of francophone West Africa, facilitation is not very well defined. Many people confuse facilitation and training. That makes it challenging for facilitators to remain detached and out of the content, while their clients want them to be experts on the subject matter. Communication, awareness, and even training of key stakeholders is critical if we want to make the profession move effective in our region." - Kofi Kumodzi, IAF member and CPF based in Lome, Togo
Currently, we have 95 members in 22 countries and from all sub-regions of the continent, as well as several diaspora members.
For those who wish to join or renew their membership, please do get in touch with IAF office manager, Mujtaba Mirza, through firstname.lastname@example.org
There are currently seven IAF chapters in Africa – Burkina Faso, Kenya, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda and Rwanda.
Several chapters are also currently in formation – Egypt, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Africa
Certified Professional Facilitator programme (CPF)
Please follow the link to learn more about the upcoming CPF events and register at https://www.iaf-world.org/site/events/cpf
To know more about the CPF process, please see the links below:
If you feel you are ready to go ahead with the process, as the first step kindly register your interest through email@example.com.
Chapter and Community Activities:
For information about local meetings and activities, please contact any of the following as needed:
Chapters in Formation:
Egypt Contact person: Rania Abuelhassan
Ethiopia Contact person: Tilahun Tesfaye
Nigeria Contact person: Adeyemi Ajayi
East Africa Contact person: Anasia Maleko
North Africa Contact person: Rania Abuelhassan
Southern Africa Contact person: Sharda Naidoo
West & Central Africa Contact person: Kifayath Morou
Special Interest Groups:
Many of our members are also involved in the IAF Special Interest Groups. For more information on any of these, please click on the links to their pages below:
A lot of our internal communication takes place in one of several whatsapp groups. The Africa group is only for members, whereas several countries and regions have their own groups, often with a larger reach.
If you have information to share on the website or would like to find out more about the region’s activities, please contact our Communications Lead through firstname.lastname@example.org