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



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. For more information follow the link




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About IAF in Africa


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

Currently we have 43 members in 14 different countries and 4 diaspora members, and 2 chapters. North African countries (Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Libya) will officially become part of the African chapter by end of Africa.

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

The next Facilitation Impact  Awards is open, deadline for applications is 9th of July and we are looking for volunteer evaluators and  interested volunteers should apply by 20th of June. For more information see:

 We also agreed to start thinking about what to do during International Facilitation Week, which this year will be October 16th-22th.  Please have a look at for more about the event and let's start sharing ideas on the same. Thank you in advance!

Contact persons for the two chapters are Mariam Okumu in Kenya ( and Alain Kiruhura ( in Rwanda.Members in West Africa also meet regularly as a sub-regional team – contact person is Janet Akob ( or

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

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.
  • We are planning two CPF events next year, both in October; one will be in Arusha, Tanzania and the other in Abuja, Nigeria. For details on all events, please see here and to express interest, please contact
  • Do please share information about the CPF programme and forthcoming events with others in your networks, who might be interested. Remember, you can do the programme anywhere but need to travel to one of the venues for a 1 day certification event

 CPF Events:

Events coming up in Nigeria and Arusha, Tanzania – September / October 2017. 

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Chapter and Community Activities:

  • Kenya chapter has meet-ups every last Thursday of the month from 6-8 pm at Bilakoye Restaurant, Hazina towers, Nairobi.  Next meeting is Thur 30th March.  Open to IAF members and other facilitators - an opportunity for networking and sharing.  Contact person Mariam Okumu  or +254 721 995 643.
  • The West Africa group of members will also continue their regular online meetings. For more details, please contact Janet Akob through or
  • The Rwanda chapter have been meeting regularly and have activities in mind for 2017. For more details, please contact Alain Kiruhura through
  • 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
For more information on activities in the Africa region, please contact




  • Warm welcome to our newest members Benson, Zimbabwe; Leseka, Botswana; Francis, Kenya; Julius, Kenya, Gbenga, NIgeria and a welcome back to W. Jemide, Nigeria & Ephraim Osunde, Nigeria.
  •  A warm welcome to our first member in Angola, Jose van Dunem
  •  We are currently on 37 members across 9 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 For those in Kenya and elsewhere in East Africa, there is an option to pay through Mpesa (mobile money), please contact to use this

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. We are aiming to have our first online session in mid-February 2017. If you might be interested to be part of this, please get in touch with John Cornwell through or Hector Villareal through


  •  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
  • 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