Countries registered to date: Australia, Cameroon, Czech Republic, Denmark, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda.



The "Voices for Development" World Conference will be held in South Africa at the Sandton Convention Centre on the 25th, 26th and 27th September 2013.

The overall purpose of the conference is to foster solidarity, to ensure that the views and voices of the people who are targeted by international policy, as well as the social workers working within those frameworks, are captured in the 2015- Post-Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agenda.

This worldwide event is jointly organised by the Africa Region of the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) and the National Association of Social Workers – South Africa (NASW (SA)).



The United Nations has recognised the importance of including civil society (people and communities) in the planning of the post 2015 MDG agenda and has asked civil society groups and NGOs, including the IFSW, to offer their ideas and recommendations to the forthcoming policy framework.

The IFSW was founded in 1928 and has constantly held Consultative Status sessions with the United Nations since the 1950s. It comprises of 90 member countries, only one national member per country, and represents over 750,000 professional social workers worldwide. The IFSW is divided into 5 regions with the Africa region consisting of the following countries; Benin, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Libya, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Lesotho, Morocco, Niger and Zimbabwe, Senegal, Egypt, and Mozambique.

The IFSW, along with its sister global bodies, the International Council for Social Welfare (ICSW) and the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) launched the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development: Commitments to Action in 2012. This strategy promotes international and regional collaborations to strengthen social development capabilities. This proposed conference is a consequence of this global strategy.


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