Livingstone, Zambia

25th – 28th June, 2017

Venue: Chrismar Hotel


Welcome Message from the Conference Committee

It is our pleasure and privilege to invite you to participate in the IFSW Joint Africa Region Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development (SWSD) 2017, to be held on June 25-28, 2017 in Livingstone, at the base of the seventh wonder of the world, the Victoria Falls, locally called Mosi-O-Tunya. The conference is jointly hosted by Association of Schools of Social Work in Africa (ASSWA), the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW, Africa), and Social Workers’ Association of Zambia (SWAZ).

The conference is guided by the main theme “Embracing Evidence-Based Practice for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development” and the suitably coined subthemes which will provide us with a unique opportunity to interrogate a range of issues essential to national, regional and global development discourse as well as to the social work profession and collaborating disciplines. The conference theme is linked to the third pillar of the Social Work and Social Development Global agenda, Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability.

Participation of diverse professions, academics, policy makers, international and local Civil Society Organizations, development partners and students gives this conference a definitive character contributing to a wealth of dialogue and debate in the quest to promote environmental protection and sustainable development.

We look forward to seeing you in Livingstone.

— Jairous Joseph Miti, Conference Committee Chairperson


Message from SWAZ President

Message from IFSW President – Africa Region

Message from IFSW President – Global


Embracing Evidence-Based Practice for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development


  1. International Social Work, Globalization and Social Policy
  2. Social Work Practice with Children, Adolescents and Families
  3. Social Work Education and Training
  4. Social Work Methods, Indigenous practice and Workforce Innovation
  5. Climate Change, Disasters Management and Environmental Sustainability
  6. Development Processes and Economic impact on Social Welfare
  7. Human Rights, Labour, Social Security and human dignity
  8. Social Justice, Child Protection and Child rights
  9. Social Protection, Investment and Cooperate Social Responsibility
  10. Population Dynamics, Migration, Human Trafficking and Refugees
  11. Poverty, Inequality, Livelihoods and Empowerment
  12. Health/Health Insurance, Disability and Mental Health
  13. Global Health threats, HIV/AIDS and UNAIDS 90–90–90 goals


The official language of the conference is ENGLISH. Please note, all abstracts must be submitted and presented in English.


Submission Guidelines

Each abstract must be limited to 500 words and without any figures or tables. It should be saved as MS Word format, doc. file. Leave 25 mm margin on all sides. Titles should be typed in Times New Roman with 14pt bold font size in upper and lower cases, and left justified. Affiliations must be in upper and lower case, left justified in Times New Roman font 10pt with numbered superscripts to indicate the affiliation of each contributor and with an E-mail address of the corresponding author in the parenthesis. The main text will be single spaced text in Time New Roman font 10pt without section headings.

Abstract should clearly indicate the sub-theme it is responding to and type of presentation i.e. Poster or Oral.

All abstracts to be emailed to swsd2017@swazzambia.org and copied to swazzambia@yahoo.com.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 30th April, 2017, time 5:00PM CAT

Format of the Abstract

  1. Abstract title and author(s) details
  2. Introduction/background
  3. Aims/Objectives
  4. Methodology
  5. Discussion of findings/expected outcomes

Schoolarships and Registration




Tours/Social Events



Registration fees do not include personal travel or health insurance of any kind. The Conference Committee shall not take responsibility of any delegate that fails to insure themselves. The Conference Committee shall not be liable for personal injuries, loss or damage to property belonging to any delegate, either during, or as a result of the Conference, please check the validity and upgrading of your own insurance for this purpose before leaving for Zambia.

International Travel

If you are unsure of whether you require a visa please either check with your consulate or visit the Zambian Immigration Office website:  https://evisa.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/#  or http://www.zambiatourism.com/travel-info/visa-information for further information.



The Conference Secretariat will send a letter of invitation to delegates who request for this service. The letter of invitation DOES NOT obligate the Conference organizing Committee or the Conference Secretariat to provide any financial support to attend the Conference. Letters of invitation will not be issued unless you have submitted your registration form and payment of registration fees.


There will be exhibition space for interested organizations to exhibit and sell their non-edible products and merchandise. Organizations and Businesses interested to exhibit their goods and services should contact the Conference Secretariat.



Social Workers’ Association of Zambia

Plot No. 36998, Base Retail Park, Alick Nkhata Road

P.O. Box KL77

Lusaka, Zambia

Tell: +260 211844047 / +260 965 5844875 /+260 976183312

Email: swsd2017@swazzambia.orgswazzambia@yahoo.com

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