By Darious Magara

KAMPALA, March 17– Uganda is hosting an international conference on social work and social development which is being attended by representatives from 30 countries.

Dr. Janestic Twikirize, the chairperson of the conference organizing committee, says around 500 delegates were attending the three-day conference which opened on Sunday. They included social work educators, practitioners, students and policy makers, he said.

Twikizire, who is a lecturer at Makerere University here, said the conference was being held under the theme :Professional social work in East Africa: Towards social development and poverty reduction”.

He said Makerere University and other institutions, including Carinthia University of Applied Sciences of ustria, had been implementing a project to promote professional social work towards social development and poverty reduction in East Africa (PROSOWO).

The project is financed by the Austrian Development Co-operation (OEAD) agency.

Prof. Lynne Healy, a distinguished Professor from Connecticut School of Social Work in the United States will be among the high-level international scholars and other personalities who are addressing the conference.
She is the founding director of the Center for International Social Work Studies.

Uganda’s Minister for Gender and Social Issues, Mary Karooro Okurut, opened the conference, which is discussing topics ranging from sexuality, gender and social work to globalization and modernization in Africa.


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