About IAF in Africa
Facilitators during 2016 conference
Susan Waruingi from Kenya is now doing all our website updates. If you have news or information for her, please get in touch through email@example.com
For more information on activities in the Africa region, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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 approaches to facilitation.
2019 IAF Africa Action Plan
The 2019 IAF Africa Action Plan is on 3rd Draft stage, it is expected to be launched by early February.Priorities
The various initiatives can be captured under the following themes:
- 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
- Community: Connecting People: Engaging Peer to Peer Communities
- Establishing Professional Pathways
- Enabling Brand Ambassadorship
IAF Africa Updates - December 2018
It has been a busy few months in the Africa region with several significant achievements
- The Africa Facilitation Conference 2018 took place in Mombasa, Kenya from October 17-20. A short report is now available and will be on the website soon. Next year’s Conference will take place in Lomé, Togo with dates to be confirmed.
- During the Conference, a ground-breaking book was launched called “Mbinu wa Uwezeshaji” (meaning “Facilitation Techniques” in English) by Churchill Shakim from Tanzania. Churchill is working on getting this translated to English and other languages. If you would like purchase a copy, please contact email@example.com.
- Facilitation Impact Awards – in Africa we got our first ever Platinum Award winner for Kofi Kumodzi’s work with ONAT (Ordre National des Architectes Togo). Congratulations Kofi for winning his second award. Thanks also to Materne Bossou and Julias Alego for their roles as Evaluators in the global process, and Kofi as well. More information about the 2018 winners can be read here and general information about F.I.A. can be found here.
- The Africa Leadership Team is being re-structured for 2019 with 9 members – one representing each of the four sub-regions (North, East, Southern and West), one responsible for Member Engagement, one for Marketing & Partnerships, two for Communications, and the Regional Director as Chair.
- Congratulations to our two new Global Board Members who were recently elected for the period 2019-20. Kofi Kumodzi will become Regional Director for the Africa Region and Materne Bossou will become Director of Memberships & Chapters
- We also now have our sixth Chapter in the region and the first in the North Africa sub-region, which is in Tunisia. We look forward to continued growth and active participation from Tunisia and elsewhere in the Maghreb area.
- IAF now has its second Special Interest Group (S.I.G.), an initiative by Social Inclusion Facilitators from East Africa. The S.I.G. aims to link with other facilitators working on Social Inclusion / Diversity and Inclusion and act as a platform to organize on a global level. Another group of Francophone facilitators are also looking to organize themselves as an S.I.G. in the near future.
- We are planning two Certified Professional Facilitator (C.P.F.) events in the region in 2019. One will be in Arusha, Tanzania in July and the other in Lomé, Togo in October. To support these, there will be two webinars – on January 8th in English, and January 9th in French – for potential candidates to meet with current C.P.F.s, ask questions and understand the process better. If you would like to book at place at one of these, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Congratulations to Uganda, the newest Chapter in Africa. Others are kenya, Tanzania, Togo and Rwanda.
We are currently 80 members in 17 countries in all sub-regions of the continent as well as our 3 diaspora members. For those who need to renew or join, please do get in touch with our office manager, Mujtaba Mirza, through email@example.com
For those in Kenya and elsewhere in East Africa, there is an option to pay through Mpesa (mobile money), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to use this.
The IAF Africa Director always sends the meeting links to all members via email at the agreed upon dates, please purpose to attend. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
To stay updated, kindly request to join IAF Africa Whatsapp group where regular updates happen.
Social Process Facilitation:
We are in the process of developing a Special Interest Group (SIG) with members from Peru and elsewhere in Latin America as well as other regions. The aim is to have a regular exchange and learning forum with members from Africa who are engaged in social process facilitation. You can listen to the recording of the first Social Process Dialogue held on June 9th 2017 as well as other recent webinars: https://www.iaf-world.org/site/pages/professional-development-resources
Certified Professional Facilitator programme (CPF)
Congratulations to Ashleigh van Rensburg from South Africa who recently became a CPF after the event in London. She becomes our 6th CPF in the Region alongside Janet Akob, Kofi Kumodzi, Zuber Ahmed, Edson Correia and Judyth Nasimolo.
Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) events
Please follow the link to learn more about the set 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, kindly register your interest through firstname.lastname@example.org as the first step.
Chapter and Community Activities:
Kenya chapter has meet-ups every last Wednesday or Thursday of the month from 6-8 pm at Bilakoye Restaurant, Hazina towers, Nairobi. Open to IAF members and other facilitators - an opportunity for networking and sharing. Contact person Mariam Okumu email@example.com or +254 721 995 643.
The West Africa group of members will also continue their regular online meetings. For more details, please contact Emem Goldson @ firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rwanda chapter have been meeting regularly. For more details, please contact Alain Kiruhura through email@example.com
some of our members are also involved in developing a Portuguese / Lusophone community that has a global reach. If you are interested to get involved in this, please contact Celeste Brito through firstname.lastname@example.org
Francophone network is coordinated by Kofi Kumodzi. Please contact him at email@example.com