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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on activities in the Africa region, please contact email@example.com
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.Priorities for 2017-18
The various initiatives for 2018 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
Congratulations to the newly elected IAF Board of Directors. Amongst them is the incoming Africa Region Director, Kofi Kumodzi from Togo and Director of Memberships, Materne Bossou from Togo as well. Much welcome to service!
Our hearty thanks goes to the outgoing Africa Region Director, John Kingsley Conwell for his evident dedication in nurturing the growth of the Africa region thus far. Well done!
Facilitation Impact Awards (FIA)
Facilitation Impact Awards
Congratulations to Kofi Kumodzi from Togo who has won his second Award and this time is one of only four Platinum winners globally for his work with the Ordre National des Architectes Togo (ONAT). More details can be read about the work here and general information about FIA can be read here. Several of our members also participated as volunteer evaluators and by supporting the project co-ordination team.Africa Members MeetingsThe IAF Africa Director always sends the meeting links to all members via email at the agreed upon dates, please purpose to attend. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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
There will be CPF assessment days on 15th and 16th October in Mombasa prior to the Conference, we need to get at least 6 people to register. 4 Have registered already. Please follow the link to learn more about the set CPF events and register at https://www.iaf-world.org/site/events/cpf
There was a webinar about the CPF programme focused on the Africa region, which took place on Wednesday 21st February, you may request a link of the webinar for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or +254 721 995 643. There will be a special end of year meeting on 8th of Dec 2018 at Sarakasi Dome in Ngara Nairobi.
The West Africa group of members will also continue their regular online meetings. For more details, please contact Emem Goldson @ email@example.com
The Rwanda chapter have been meeting regularly. For more details, please contact Alain Kiruhura through firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Francophone network is coordinated by Kofi Kumodzi. Please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org