Africa

Facilitators during one of the sessions in a conference, 2016.

 

50 SHADES OF PARTICIPATION

is IAF Africa Conference, 2017 to be held at Arusha, Tanzania in November.  All facilitators, worldwide are invited in Nov 23-25th of 2017 at Sariko Olasiti Lodge, Arusha Tanzania.This is located a short distance from the city centre.

          For more information kindly click the link https://www.iaf-world.org/site/africa2017

         or Contact Churchill Shakim through: cs@tamasha.or.tz

Download the 2016 Africa Conference report:

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About IAF in Africa

 

Overview

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

John Cornwell, Regional Director for Africa, has set the following priorities for 2017-18:

  1. Continued growth of membership and chapters throughout the region
  2. Continued development of “African voice and perspective” throughout all IAF activities
  3. Development of Facilitation practice through conferences, facilitator dialogues, online sessions etc.
  4. Professional Development through holding regular Certified Professional Facilitation (CPF) events and supporting training & mentoring processes
  5. Improved Networking and Communication, including making maximum use of online & social media platforms

Latest News

Global Flipchart

This is a quarterly publication, where all members are encouraged to share short articles for publication. Contributions are invited to the next edition under the theme “Facilitation and Friends”, which is about exploring links between Facilitation and neighbouring fields (e.g. coaching, training, virtual facilitation, graphic facilitation, etc.).Deadline for contributions is August 10th and for more information, please contact Wiebke Herding through communications@iaf-world.org

Elections to the IAF Board

In the coming months, several positions will be available on the IAF Board. This is an opportunity for any member to put themselves forward and offer service to the Association. It will be great to get other members from the Africa region on the Board to increase our presence and voice.The positions available will be: Secretary, Marketing & Partnerships, Conferences & Events and Communications. The Regional Director for Africa position comes up next year in 2018.

Facilitation Impact Awards (FIA)

Submissions are now closed for this year’s awards. A big thank you to those who have volunteered as Evaluators and who are currently in the process; thanks also to those who have applied for an award. The results will be released during International Facilitation Week.

Congratulations to Kofi Kumodzi, our first ever winner of the Facilitation Impact Awards (FIA) in Africa for Facilitating the Establishment of the Health Private Sector Platform in Togo (for more see https://www.iaf-world.org/site/fia/2016/award-recipients

International Facilitation Week (IFW)

International Facilitation Week is now in its 5th year and is a global celebration of “the power of facilitation”. In 2017 it will run from October 16th – 22nd. All members are encouraged to actively participate by organising local events and activities.  Please have a look at https://www.iaf-world.org/site/pages/international-facilitation-week for more about the event and let's start sharing ideas on the same. Thank you in advance!

IAF Kenya will mark the week through a number of activities in collaboration with Undugu society of Kenya, http://www.undugukenya.org who work with street bchildren. All are welcome.

Contact persons are Mariam Okumu in Kenya (mariamokumu@gmail.com) and Alain Kiruhura (kaon2020@yahoo.fr) in Rwanda.Members in West Africa also meet regularly as a sub-regional team – contact person is Janet Akob (janeakob@yahoo.com) or Kofi@kumodzi.com

We now have 3 active whatsapp groups in the region – IAF Africa, IAF West Africa and IAF Rwanda

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

 

 

Membership:

Warm welcome to our newest members: Sandryck Valuvunina our first member in DRC, Keith Mould of South Africa, Miriam Ndambuki of Kenya, Uta Staschewski of Kenya, George K' Ouma of Kenya and Olalekan Adisa Ganiu of Nigeria.

 We are currently on 45 members across 14 countries, as well as our 2 diaspora members… for those who need to renew or join, please do get in touch with our office manager, Mujtaba Mirza, through office@iaf-world.org For those in Kenya and elsewhere in East Africa, there is an option to pay through Mpesa (mobile money), please contact mariamokumu@gmail.com to use this

 

Members Meetings

The next all members meeting will be on Friday 4th August

The next Leadership team meeting will be on Friday 8th September

Both meetings run from 5.00 – 6.30pm (East Africa time)

The IAF Africa Director always sends the meeting links to all members, please purpose to attend. 

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

We are still exploring possibilities of running two events in the near future, one linked to the Tanzania conference in November and the other in West Africa (potentially Nigeria) on dates to be confirmed.

To know more about the CPF process, please see the links below:

General Information on CPF https://www.iaf-world.org/site/professional/cpf

Funding Assistance for CPF https://www.iaf-world.org/site/iaf-funding-assistance

If you feel you are ready to go ahead with the process, kindly register your interest through certification@iaf-world.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.  Next meeting is Wednesday 23rd of August, 2017.  Open to IAF members and other facilitators - an opportunity for networking and sharing.  Contact person Mariam Okumu  mariamokumu@gmail.com  or +254 721 995 643.
  • Kenya Facilitators Dialogue will be held on  16th September, 2017. Theme: Facilitation and Peace Building
  • The West Africa group of members will also continue their regular online meetings. For more details, please contact Janet Akob through janeakob@yahoo.com or kofi@kumodzi.com
  • The Rwanda chapter have been meeting regularly . For more details, please contact Alain Kiruhura through kaon202088@gmail.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 celeste.brito@bloomproject.pt
 
For more information on activities in the Africa region, please contact rep.africa@iaf-world.org
 
 

 

 

 

    Social Process Facilitation:

    • With members from Peru and others in Latin America, we would like to establish an exchange and learning forum with members from Africa who are engaged in social process facilitation. Link to the recording of the Social Process Dialogue held on June 9th as well as other recent webinars: https://www.iaf-world.org/site/pages/professional-development-resources
    • Our next meeting will be in September subject to confirmation. If you might be interested to be part of this, please get in touch with John Cornwell through rep.africa@iaf-world.org or Hector Villareal through rep.latamer@iaf-world.org

    Communications:

    •  Susan Waruingi from Kenya is now doing all our social media and website updates. If you have news or information for her, please get in touch through susanwaruingi@gmail.com
    • We now have 3 active whatsapp groups, one for all Africa members, one for those in West Africa and one for Rwanda – if you’d like to join any of these, please do contact Susan or John Cornwell through rep.africa@iaf-world.org