We have many members in Africa, building upon our previous conferences in South Africa and Cameroons and the development work our Past President from Kenya and Vice President from Nigeria.  There are many other community development type networks and fora in Sub Saharan Africa and we are keen to share their contacts and their work.  Please contact our Regional Directors for Sub Saharan Africa. Muhammad Bello Shittu (shitumbshitu2@gmail.com), Tony Kimbowa (tonymakayu@gmail.com) and Julius Mwawanga (krcugandadirector@gmail.com).

Muhammad Bello Shitu

Vice President (Sub-Saharan Africa)

Professor Shitu is a Vice President of IACD and Regional Director – Africa, South Sahara. He is a Community Development and Innovations Diffusion Specialist and holds a B.Sc (HONS) degree in Geography, M.Sc Rural Development and PhD Rural Development with specialisation in Community Development. He is a highly experienced teacher, facilitator and researcher with teaching and research experience in Community Development, Innovations Diffusion, Rural Development, Education & Development, Health & Development, Non-Formal Education, and Environmental Education issues. Muhammad chairs the Membership Services Committee.

Anthony Ssembatya

(Sub-Saharan Africa)

Anthony is IACD’s Special Co-optee covering the United Nations. He is a Conflict Mediator, currently following his PhD Program in Global Peace and Security Studies at the University of Leipzig and Institute for Peace and Security Studies, Addis Ababa. He founded Kirabo Doors of Hope Children’s Centre in Jinja-Uganda and is an activist for Global Girl Child Education with the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI). Tony chairs the Policy Committee.

Julius Mwanga 

(Sub-Saharan Africa)

Julius Mwanga is the Executive Director of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre( KRC) – a Research, Development and Advocacy Organization based in Fort Portal, Rwenzori Region of Western Uganda. Julius is a social worker and social administrator and has been at the centre of development processes in and outside the Rwenzori Region for the last 15 years. He has an MBA in Human Resource Management and is a member of the Human Resource Managers Association of Uganda, a professional body affiliated to the Human Resource Managers Association of Africa. He is also a member of the Mountains of the Moon University’s Appointment’s Board and Uganda Pentecostal University Council.


IACD’s African Directors met in Uganda in October 2017. This is a brief report from that meeting.


  1. Introduction
  2. How to increase membership to IACD on the African continent
  3. Should the regional be reconfigured
  4. Engaging more IACD members as country correspondent
  5. Progress on all African special issue of the practice insight magazine
  6. Thoughts upon drafting a new IACD statement on supporting
  7. Thought on African practice Exchange 2019
  8. Upcoming governance 2018
  9. Any other business (AOB)

Opening remarks:

Prof Shitu welcomed the numbers and also called for reactions on Agenda and it was resolved by all members

Present:Tony Kimbowa, David Segulanyi, Catherine Wanjoki, Mugisha Mariam, Julius Mwanga, Muhamed Shitu.

  1. How to increase members across Africa
  • There is need to see reason, of how IACD is important in everyday lives of the member
  • Mode of payment should be friendly to general public.
  • Awareness of people about the activities ( Operation of IACD)
  • We should reach out to universities, Institutions that are engaged in community development work.
  • There is also need to use social media to expand membership
  • Organizations, designated institutions should collect membership fees and also establishment of specific framework to handle fees and remit the money to IACD.
  • Organizing National, Regional Conference to enable those who can’t afford the global conferences, this can increase membership in Africa.

2. How to raise membership, consolidate membership and maintain participation of members.

  • Ensuring inclusion of more practical issues that are African oriented.
  • Country offices / institutions can coordinate the membership payment.
  • Establish authentic modes of payment to enable those that can’t pay online for registration.
  • Raising awareness for example through reaching out to universities, community based organizations, institutions.
  • Utilization of social media effectively starting with watsapp pages, twitter, Facebook for purposes of mobilization.
  • Suggested to start up meetings in African settings. In addition to face to face meetings in April, there should also be a visual meeting online as a measure of strengthening the link ( creating a working group ) that keep on generating ideas outside structures.

3. Country Correspondents

  • Arose out of idea to raise visibility, co-ordinate recruitment of membership, give feedback to IACD Headquarters.
  • Follow up of ideas of having country correspondents based on region.


  • There have been 8 issues published so far. The 9th issue is focusing on Latin America. The one on Africa will be in April 2018. Deadline of submission of articles is January 2018.
  • Shitu promised to share the guidelines of procedure required for publication.

5. New IACD Africa statement

  • We shall have to issue a policy declaration on IACD in Africa. The last Document was published in Yaunde- Cameroon. We shall need to discuss the need for Africa to publish a policy statement. Latest by April 2018. Working group should set process by now. Members globally.

 6. Practice Exchange 2019 (A duration of usually 5 Days)

  • We choose a particular theme that resonates with the particular interests of a country and region.
  • An example would be community leadership, Co-operate Organizations.
  • Africa willing to host practice exchange in 2019. A working group has been set up. To follow up with the host country, possible of attendees,

7. Upcoming World Community Development Conference of Ireland

  • Rate Reduction
  • Payment of fees upfront and the possibility

8. AOB

  • How do you mobilize funding for practical community development practices
  • Possible field work for students of community Development at Kyambogo University. Prof. Shitu Suggests that placements for students in the field not to run longer than 3 Months.
  • Julius mentions of the meeting of Africa IACD conference stated for April 2018. He suggests to have a working group chaired by someone.
  • Possible Hotels: Rolling, Host Families.
  • Suggested possible meeting date is 3rd week of November via Skype.


CENTRE OF COMMERCE KANO Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Bayero University Kano, Nigeria. Arrival: 12th November 2017 Conference/Workshop & Meeting: 13th and 14th November, 2017 Departure: 15thNovember 2017


Participants who wish to present papers are expected to send abstract of their papers to shitumbshitu2@gmail.com and copy icdpnigeria2014@gmail.com or iceada4husna@gmail.com and before or on 30th  October, 2017



The objectives of the meeting and conference/workshop are to:

  1. Provide opportunity for all IACD members to know each other and for recruitment of new members,
  2. Create a platform for promoting the ideals and goals of the IACD in Nigeria and in Sub-Saharan Africa in general,
  3. Discuss ways of promoting community development roles of the third sector
  4. Examine ways of facilitating sustainable community development through collaborations between state and the third sector


Dr Aminu Garba Magashi

Coordinator and Founder, Africa Health Budget Network (AHBN) and Civil Societies Representative, Global Financing Facility (GFF) Investors Group


Hajiya Mairo Bello,

Chief Servant/Founder, Adolescent Health Information Projects (AHIP), Kano

Abubakar Ali, University Utara Malaysia, 060100 UUM SINTOK, KEDAH DARUL AMAN, KEDAH, MALAYSIA



  1. The third sector as a factor in development: Concepts, purpose and best practices
  2. Public Governance through the third sector
  3. State-Third sector engagement challenges and opportunities
  4. Models of State-Third sector engagement
  5. Community governance as a vehicle for promoting Sustainable Development
  6. Promoting National Unity through Community Governance
  7. Mobilisation and Partnership with/by Non Governmental Organisations for Sustainable Development
  8. Achieving sustainable development goals through third sector initiatives
  9. Service delivery for sustainable development through public sector, private sector and third sector engagements
  10. Media Institutions and Sustainable Community Development
  11. Voluntary Sector Institutions and Community Development
  12. Impact of Community Self Help initiatives on sustainable community development
  13. Promoting policy change through State-Third Sector Engagement for Sustainable Development

All participants shall:

  1. Pay conference registration fees of Seventeen thousand naira (N17, 000.00) only. Students’ registration is Ten Thousand Naira (N10, 000.00) only. Payment shall be made directly to the bank account detailed as follows: Name of Bank &Address: Guaranty Trust Bank PLC, Bello Road, Kano, Nigeria Account Name: ICEADA Account Number: 0020670026 Swift Code: GTBINGLA
  2. Participants who are unable to pay before the workshop date would pay Eighteen thousand four hundred naira (N18, 400.00) at the venue of the workshop (at the point of registration).
  3. Arrange for their accommodation If you require a hotel reservation please contact Garba on  080 37003397,  08089054213 or iceada4husna@gmail.com for facilitation
  • Participants who wish to participate in a community mobile learning workshop slated for 14th and 15thNovember, 2017 are to pay additional N3,000.00

For more information please contact 

Prof. Muhammad Bello Shitu


Regional Director (Africa, South Sahara) and Vice President

International Association for Community Development 

shitumbshitu2@gmail.com, 08033175965


IACD publishes its international ‘Practice Insights’ three times a year. Each deals with specific issues or aspects of practice that are relevant to our audience: community development practitioners, activists, researchers and policymakers. The publications draw from experiences across the world and aims to include materials from all seven IACD global regions. The main form of distribution is electronic, but often produces a small print run of each for use at conferences and events.

IACD launched its first issue – on community development and anti-poverty strategies – in November 2012 (http://www.iacdglobal.org/publications-and-resources/IACD-publications). It has so far published eight issues and the ninth issue is to be published in December 2017, with focus on North and South America. The special issue on Africa will be published in April 2018


Call for contributions for the Special Issue on Africa

The special issue will be generic, hence; quality practice based papers now invited focusing on all aspects of African development with community development flavour. Articles from the different sub-regions are welcome with varying contexts and practices. The community based strategies or community development dimensions of projects and programmes across the continent will be particularly welcome

Guidelines for contributors

Articles prepared in word format should be up to 1000 or 1500 words in length. These can be case studies, research findings, polemics or commentaries upon public policy as it impacts upon community development within a country or across the continent.

You should aim to write clearly, without jargon (remembering that for many of our readers English is a second language) and to set out the experience in ways which help readers to make links with their own practice. As much as possible the Implications for community development of issues, contexts and perspectives presented must come out clearly. The editors can assist you here. Each submitted article will be reviewed to asses its suitability for publication.


We request all authors to attach graphics/photographs that help illustrate the article – and ensure that these are in high-resolution format, suitable for printing.

Submission deadline

Please send your article to IACD Vice President Muhammad Bello Shitu

(shitumbshitu2@gmail.com ) no later than 1st January 2018.

The Fifth National Conference of Community Development Association of Nigeria (CDAN) was held at the University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria from 12 – 16 August 2017.

IACD Vice President and Regional Director (Sub-Saharan Africa), Muhammad Bello Shitu attended the conference and presented a key note paper entitled: REFLECTIONS ON COMMUNITY INTEGRATION AND THE ATTAINMENT OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS IN NIGERIA.

Adam Alqali an IACD member and publisher of the online newspaper African Newspage in collaboration with Inclusive Community Education and Development Association (iceada.org) an organisational member of IACD are organising the #Know your Goals Campaign in Nigeria under the auspices of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network-Youth Initiatives (SDSNY). The event is intended to raise awareness about SDGs and specifically to empower communities to take ownership of SDGs. It will hold on Thursday October 12, 2017 at the American Corner, Murtala Muhammad Library Complex, Kano, Nigeria. IACD Vice President and Regional Director (Sub-Saharan Africa), Muhammad Bello Shitu will attend as Guest Speaker.

This communique (summary) was issued following the last IACD Africa conference, held in Nigeria in October 2016.


The conference had the following objectives:

To provide opportunity for all IACD members to know each other and for recruitment of new members;

To create a platform for promoting the ideals and goals of the IACD in Nigeria and in Sub Saharan Africa in general:

To discuss ways of promoting community development roles of tertiary education institutions:

The conference proper had two plenary sessions and six concurrent track sessions that addressed the theme and subthemes reflecting the papers presented by the participants subsumed under the following headings;  Education and Community Development  Peace, Conflict and Disaster Management  Health Sector, Welfare and Youth Development  Policy Frameworks, Community Change and Faith Based Issues  Community Participation and Voluntary Sector  Innovations, Communications and Extension Support Issues

A total of sixty participants attended the conference/workshop. A total of six papers were presented at the plenary sessions ranging from Community Institutional Engagement, Participatory Policy Development, Agricultural Innovations, and Standards for Community Development Practitioners as well as Community Self – Help Groups. For the concurrent track sessions, a total of forty papers were also presented by participants from different backgrounds.

The various papers presented are summarized below; 1. Community engagement is key to community development 2. Social welfare education is a means for facilitating community engagement 3. Needs Assessment is a necessity for effective community service 4. Human and Physical development, Political will and Non-formal Education were identified as strategies for Conflict resolution 5. Agricultural wastes and raw materials are available in all communities and could be used to increase Agricultural productions 6. Effective primary health care delivery is achievable through community involvement. 7. Media is an effective tool for stimulating community engagement. 8. Legal and statutory regulations are necessary for effective Sustainable Community Development in Nigeria. 9. The use of Information Communication Technology(ICT) resources was identified as a vital tool for facilitate effective communication and trainings in community development 10. Preservation of community cultural heritages is needed for promoting community tourism development.

Additionally, two Mobile Learning workshops were carried out in 2 local communities of Budo Are and Apo of Moro Local Government Area, Kwara State, Nigeria.

Resolutions adopted based on the opinions and views expressed by the participants, the following resolutions were unanimously agreed upon:-

1. The new IACD (2016) definition of community development was adopted.

2. There should be minimum Academic standard for the training of Community development practitioners.

3. Community Development Clubs should be introduced at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

4. Higher Institutions of learning should be more proactive in community service mandate by active involvement of students and staff in community development

5. Communities must be actively involved in policy formulation and implementation stages of community development programmes.

6. Lessons learnt from the implementation of the MDGs should be explored for improved and sustainable community development

7. Appraisal of community needs and assets should be encouraged at all levels of community engagements including the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals

8. ICT potentials and skills should be explored in the trainings of community development practitioners.

9. Community Development Practitioners should encourage preservation of community resources for sustainable community development.

10. IACD members should work towards developing the minimum academic standards for the training of the CD practitioners.

11. IACD members should actively be involved in utilizing the existing working groups and social media platforms for strengthening networking and communications among members

12. All higher institutions of learning are encouraged to institutionalize community development in all their programmes and to actively involve catchment communities.