Project Coordinator: Helmut Spitzer
Coordinating Institution: Carinthia University of Applied Sciences
Partner Institutions: Makerere University (Janestic Mwende Twikirize), University of Nairobi (Gidraph Gachunga Wairire), Hope Africa University (Jacqueline Murekasenge), University of Rwanda (Charles Rutikanga), Institute of Social Work (Zena Mnasi Mabeyo)
Partner Countries: Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi
Project Duration: 1st of January 2016 – 31st of March 2019
PROSOWO II is an extension of activities that were successfully implemented under the PROSOWO project (2011–2014) in order to promote professional social work in East Africa. The overall objective of the international cooperation between partner institutions from Austria, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda is directed towards the formation and strengthening of mechanisms for social work education and practice to more effectively contribute to social development, poverty reduction and social inclusion.
The project has six major components:
- Empirical research on indigenous and innovative models of social work practice.
- Establishment of a regional center for social work and social development research.
- Capacity building of tertiary social work institutions through research, training, joint publications, and networking at national, regional and international levels.
- Efforts towards the legislation of social work in East Africa.
- Increased engagement of social work professionals in social policy and advocacy for human rights.
- Multidirectional knowledge transfer and sharing of lessons learnt within Africa, with stakeholders in Austria and the international scientific community.
Key outcomes of the project will be disseminated through national workshops, regional meetings and international conferences, and through an open access policy with regard to journal articles and internet-based distribution of knowledge, particularly through a new project website.Country-specific research reports will be produced, and an empirically based book on social work practice in East Africa will be published.
A major social work conference in East Africa will be launched, bringing together practitioners, educators, scholars, students and policy makers.Finally, all project activities are geared to have a tangible impact on the lives of poor and marginalized people by highly qualified social workers and improved social services.
- Events and media
Jacqueline Murekasenge and Charles Rutikanga carried out empirical research on culturally specific and innovative social work practices in Burundi and Rwanda. Their research was part of the PROSOWO project and has now been published in the book "Social Work Practice in Africa. Indigenous and Innovative Approaches."
Book Launch - Indigenous and Innovative Approaches: The latest book of PROSOWO II presents some of these approaches from Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi and Kenya and will be launched on 6th of March 2019 at Makerere University.
The new publication Social Work Practice in Africa. Indigenous and Innovative Approaches as the latest outcome of the PROSOWO II project is now available.
Get your copy at African Books Collective, Oxford
An update about the National Association of Social Workers in Burundi – NASW-Burundi.
This podcast is dedicated to the genozide in Rwanda. It contains original sounds and interviews with project partners and other participants at the social march and conference "Professional Social Work and Sustainable Development in Africa" that took place in Kigali in March 2018.
Podcast is in German with original sounds in English.
Wisdom from the South: From the 4th until the 7th of July a team of six from the PROSOWO project participated in the Global Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development at the Royal Dublin Society International Exhibition and Convention Centre in Ireland.
(in German only)
The PROWOWO II team invites you to attend the international symposium which will take place at FH Kärnten in Feldkirchen / Carinthia.
Read an article about the International Social Work Conference in Kigali published in oead.news 106/2018.
23rd of April 2018
„Ruanda: Soziale Arbeit nach einem Völkermord“ – mit Impressionen einer Studienreise ins Land der tausend Hügel.
First short recap and photo gallery.
Watch the conference video that provides highlights of the event
for international social work conference in Rwanda now available.
With funding from the state government of Carinthia (Austria) and the NGO 'AfriCarinthia", new project activities in Eastern DRC will be started soon.
19-22 March 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda
Professional Social Work in East Africa: Towards Social Development, Poverty Reduction and Gender Equality, the book that was published in 2014 in the framework of the PROSOWO project, was recently reviewed.
World Social Work Day 2017 celebrated in Austria; inspired by similar happenings in East Africa.
CRISOWO – the newly established East African Centre for Research and Innovation in Social Work
was officially launched on the 24th of February 2017 at Makerere University.
CRISOWO | East Africa Centre for Research and Innovation in Social Work
CRISOWO - under the auspices of PROSOWO II project - launched its website.
Click here to open the website and learn more about the centre's objectives, its efforts and activities towards achieving excellence in social work.
„Ubudehe“ statt Abschotten" is the title of the article that highlights that Social Work is becoming increasingly popular in East African countries.
PROSOWO features prominently in regional reports on Africa
The PROSOWO project is referred to in two recent reports namely, the IFSW Africa regional report and the second report on the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development. Both reports were presented at the World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development 2016 in Seoul.