ICSD 2013 - Kampala, Uganda

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18th Biennial International Consortium for Social Development

Opening New Frontiers in Social Development:
Facing Opportunities and Challenges

Thank you to all of the participants who made the conference such a huge success!

July 15 - 19, 2013
Kampala, Uganda

Co-Sponsored by:

  • Simmons College (Boston, MA, USA)
  • Makerere University (Kampala, Uganda)


  • Professor Hugo A. Kamya, Ph.D. (Simmons College)
  • Professor Edward K. Kirumira, Ph.D. (Makerere University)
  • Dr. Barbara W. Shank, Dean and Professor (University of St. Thomas at St. Catherine University), President, ICSD, President, CSWE


Download the remarks by Ambassador Scott Delisi here: Pdf and Pdf

Building on the importance of good governance that the Dhaka symposium underscored, the 2013 ICSD conference, to be held in Kampala Uganda, will examine new and emerging issues in social development. While the symposium will attempt to examine new emerging issues of social development, long standing concerns including the Millennium Development Goals; policy limits; institutional autonomy; poJuly 18verty and hunger; global climate change; continuous marginalization and social exclusion; issues of social justice and human rights; mobilization of governmental, non-governmental, and civil society institutions that address the widening gap between rich and poor will be explored by leading scholars from all over the world. With Africa, and Uganda, as the location for this conference, attention will be drawn to the importance of the developing world and its contribution to these issues. They all present challenges and opportunities into the future.

Read a Q&A by Simmons College with ICSD 2013 Co-Chair Hugo Kamya, PhD here.

Aims and Objectives

  1. To identify emerging issues in social development
  2. To identify region-specific issues and challenges in social development
  3. To discuss and analyze the roles, responsibilities and opportunities for social development
  4. To explore regional, national and global opportunities through collaborations and sustainability toward social development

Keynote Speakers

Mr. Livingstone Sewanyana, Executive Director, Foundation for Human Rights Initiative


Professor Gary Bailey, Simmons College

Gary Bailey, MSW, ACSW is an Associate Professor at Simmons College Graduate School of Social Work. A past president of the National Association of Social Workers and the North American region of the International Federation of Social Workers, Professor Bailey is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the NASW's Social Worker of the Year and Social Work Pioneer awards, the Bayard Rustin Spirit Award from the AIDS Action Committee of Massachussetts, and the 2007 Legacy of Caring Award from Deveroux-Massachusetts. He is a highly-sought-after trainer and consultant on topics including board development, international social work practice, elder and family housing program development, issues pertaining to diversity, social justice and human rights, and working with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) communities.

Ambassador Scott Delisi, US Ambassador to Uganda

Scott DeLisi was sworn in on July 18, 2012 as the Ambassador to the Republic of Uganda. Ambassador DeLisi was nominated by President Obama on January 24, 2012 and confirmed on May 24, 2012 by Congress. Scott H. DeLisi is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with 32 years of service as a diplomat. He served as the Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, from March 2010 to July 2012, and previously as Ambassador to the State of Eritrea and as Deputy Chief of Mission of the American Embassy in Gaborone, Botswana. Ambassador DeLisi has also served as the Director of Career Development and Assignments in the State Department's Bureau of Human Resources and as the Director for Entry-Level Programs in the same bureau. Among his other domestic assignments he has served as Director for Southern African Affairs, and also in the Bureau of Intelligence & Research, and the Bureau of South and Central Asia Affairs. Overseas, he has had postings in India, Madagascar, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Ambassador DeLisi has been the recipient of a Presidential Rank Award, the James Clement Dunn Award for Excellence, the DIA Director's Award, four Superior Honor and two Meritorious Honor Awards. His foreign languages include French and Urdu. Ambassador DeLisi is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, earned the degree of Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota Law School, and is an alumnus of the Hubert H Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, Speaker of Parliament, Uganda

Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga is the current Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, as of May 19, 2011. Hon Kadaga is the first female to be elected Speaker of Uganda's Parliament in the history of the institution. Prior to her post as Speaker, she was elected as Deputy Speaker of Parliament (2001) Additionally, Hon. Rebecca Kadaga has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Kamuli District Women's Constituency, Busoga sub-region since 1989. Before her involvement in politics, Hon. Kadaga worked in a private law practice. She has also served as Chairperson of the University Council for Mbarara University (1993-1996), Secretary General of the East African Women Parliamentarians Association (1996), Minister of State for Regional Cooperation (Africa and the Middle East), Minister of State for Communication and Aviation (1998-1999), Minister for Parliamentary Affairs (1999-2000). Rebecca Kadaga is a leading female voice in Ugandan politics. Hon. Kadaga is committed to women's issues and to transparency in government and good governance. As speaker of parliament and the first female speaker she has tirelessly worked in seeing that women are represented in key parliamentarian positions. Since women have often been left in the background Hon. Kadaga ensures that their voice is heard and that they take leadership positions. One of the issues she has worked on is women's rights. Providing women opportunities for leadership ensures their seat at the legislative table, an enviable position for many women in other countries. When she became speaker she promised she would be a speaker for all Members of Parliament regardless of their political affiliation. She is still deeply committed to that. For Hon. Kadaga, good governance must be ready to embrace this.

Dr. David Basangwa, Deputy Chief of Psychiatry, Butabika Hospital

David K. Basangwa MD, M.MED, is a Government Senior Consultant Psychiatrist and Executive Director for Butabika National referral Mental hospital situated in Kampala. He is a honorary Lecturer in Psychiatry at the College of Health Sciences, Makerere University. Dr. Basangwa is the National focal person for substance abuse management and also serves as the National interlocutor for the United Nations office on Drugs and Crime Regional office for Eastern Africa (UNODC-ROEA). Dr. Basangwa is a researcher and writer. He has contributed chapters in books mainly in the area of addiction Psychiatry. He has further supported many studies in mental health and has supervised many students undertaking studies in this field. As a medical Manager, Dr. Basangwa is currently concentrating on advocacy for mental health and improved quality of care for people with mental health problems.

Dr. Sheila Ndyanabangi, Principal Medical Officer, Ministry of Health

Dr. Sheila Ndyanabangi holds a Masters in Public Health of Makerere University (1999). She is currently a Principal Medical Officer at the Ministry of Health, Kampala and is in charge of Mental Health, Control of Substance Abuse and Management of Neurological disorders. National Coordinator for Tobacco Control. She is responsible for policy and legislation development and formulation of guidelines for implementation of the above programmes. She participated in the International Mental Health Policy Programme and services Project and published the Mental Health country profile for Uganda in 2003. She was a collaborator in the Mental Health and poverty project (MHAPP), a research on Mental Health policy implementation in four African countries (2005 to 2010). She is currently a collaborator in PRIME (Program for Improvement of Mental Health Care). EMERALD (Emerging Mental Health Systems in Low and Middle income countries), MhBEF (Mental Health Beyond Facilities) and is leading the implementation of the WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme Project in Uganda. She has recently been appointed to the International Health Regulations Roster of Experts concerning the subject of Mental Health by WHO, Geneva.

Dr. Tassé Abye, University of Nouakchott, Mauritania

Dr. Tassé Abye teaches Sociology and Social Work at the University of Nouakchott Since 2010 and serves as Technical Advisor to the Minster d'Etat for National Education, Higher Education and Scientific Research in Mauritania. Prior to this appointment, he served as Associate Vice President in charge of the Reform, Strategic Planning and International relations at Addis Ababa University, and acted as the first Dean of the School of Social-Work at the same university (2005-2010). In France, Tassé has worked as Director General of the Institute for Social Development (IDS, Rouen) from 2001 to 2005, Deputy-Director of the Institute of Social Work of Echirolles (Grenoble) in charge of Academic Affairs (1999-2001) and has acted in numerous other capacities at the IDS from 1991 to 1999.

Tassé Abye has worked extensively to develop social work education in different parts of the World, mainly in Romania, Cameroon, Ethiopia and in Mauritania and served as President of the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) (2004-2008). At present he is the chair of the Global Agenda Committee for IASSW, and chair of the International Steering Committee for the Joint World Conference of 2014 at Melbourne, Australia. His scholarship includes research in social sciences with a general focus on transformations and changes in societies. Moreover, he specialized on issues related to refugee, migration, emigration, integration, guerrilla fighters; policy on social work education, Social development, and monitoring, evaluation, and the restructuring of higher education institutions.

David Mugawe, Executive Director of the African Child Policy Forum

Mr. David Mugawe is currently the Executive Director of The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF). He has over 20 years experience of programme and project management in international development in Uganda, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia and the United Kingdom. He has a Degree in Social Work and Administration from Makerere University, Uganda and a Masters in Business Administration from Bradford University in the UK. He has also done post graduate courses in Economic Principles, Project Planning & Management, and Financial Management. Mr. Mugawe has served as a Country Director of International Care & Relief for eight years. He managed and implemented a variety of international programmes dealing with a cross-section of development issues. Whilst working at International Care and Relief (ICR) - a UK based development charity focusing on the development of young people — he oversaw a variety of projects working with children, young people, women and the wider communities to implement income generating activities, education, skills training, human rights, agriculture, health, HIV/AIDS and micro finance projects. He has co-authored a number of publications among which are: Budgeting for Children in Africa: Rhetoric, Reality and the Scorecard, The African Report on Child Wellbeing 2011: Budgeting for Children, The African Report on Child Wellbeing 2008: How Child-friendly are African Governments, Child Poverty in Africa: International and African Perspectives, Born to High Risk: Violence against Girls in Africa.



  • Donations are encouraged in support of interested students, faculty, and professionals from around the world. Email the U.S. planning team for more information about the role your donation could play in supporting ICSD2013 at icsd2013@simmons.edu.

All cancellations cost $50.00 USD. Registration is refundable until the closing of our registration date. Following June 1, 2013, registration is NON-refundable and the cancellation fee will still apply.


Please coordinate your travel through the study abroad program by adhering to the following three steps:

1. Apply for the conference through Simmons by clicking HERE

2. Return to this website

3. Register at the link indicated above

The Study Abroad website offers general travel information (e.g. passport, visa, options for travel insurance, etc.) that will help facilitate your planning process. For questions pertaining to conference-related logistics, please feel free to reach out to your conference planning team: icsd2013@simmons.edu

Visa Information


Please note a change to Visa Application Process due to new Federal Aviation Administration process. American Travelers are strongly advised to apply for visa before travel to Uganda.

American nationals holding USA passports need an entry visa for Uganda. Naturalized American citizens of Uganda descent need an entry visa for Uganda.

Nationals of the countries listed below are exempted from visa requirements for travel to Uganda. They do, however, need to have a current passport issued by their respective countries.
Members of COMESA: Angola, Burundi, Comoros, Eritrea, Kenya, Malawi Mauritius, Madagascar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Others exempted are: Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Fiji, Gambia, Grenada, Jamaica, Lesotho, Malta, Sierra Leone, Singapore Solomon Islands St Vincent & the Grenadines, Tonga, Vanuatu, Italy (Only diplomatic passport holders) and Cyprus.

Visa Requirements:

  1. One dully filled Application form by each applicant
  2. Every section of the application form must be completed. Incomplete forms will not be processed.
  3. 2 passport size photographs
  4. Must submit original Passport valid past the date of your expected departure from Uganda.
  5. Correct visa fee, letter of invitation/introduction, if traveling on business. (ICSD attendees please use your registration letter and/or your abstract acceptance letter for visa application)
  6. Applicants may be requested to submit additional supporting documentation.
  7. An international Inoculation Certificate against yellow fever.
  8. A prepaid self-addressed USPS Express Overnight return envelope only must be included with applications sent by mail.

N.B. You are advised to ensure that your passport has a validity of at least six months from the date of your intended travel. Processing time for a visa is 5 working days.

Visa fees and other details

  • US$ 50 for single entry: Valid for three months from the date of arrival.
  • US$ 100 for multiple entries: Valid for six months from the date of arrival.
  • An expedited service fee of $30 (cash/money order) for walk-ins will be accepted.

Visa fees must be paid by money order payable to UGANDA EMBASSY, on submission of visa application. Personal Checks are not accepted. Please note that the visa fee is non-refundable.

NB: Failure to complete the application form fully may result in the issuance of a visa being delayed or refused. The visa enables the holder to proceed to a port of entry where he/she must comply with the laws and regulations governing the admission of persons to the Republic of Uganda.

For further information on immigration go to: www.mia.go.ug


Speke Resort Munyonyo will provide accommodation at $85.00 USD (+VAT) per night. Meals will be provided to all participants. To book a room at Speke Resort Munyonyo, please contact the resort directly following your registration for the conference. In order to recieve the full discount, please indicate that you will be attending "ICSD 2013" when speaking with hotel personnel.

Speke Resort Munyonyo is located less than five miles away fromt he vibrant city of Kampala. Kampala is the capital and largest city of Uganda and has gone through major changes from the time of the first explorers who traveled to Uganda. As a small city it was overshadowed by Entebbe which was the seat of government but over the years it stature has grown and is now booming with artists, writers, political activists and strong economists. Kampala is located in the southern geographic center of the country on the outskirts of Lake Victoria. The city enjoys a great climate, with an annual average temperature of 32 degrees C and monthly means varying between 27 degrees C in January and 34 degrees C in August. July is generally a hot and wet month.
For more information about Speke Munyonyo, please visit: http:www.spekeresort.com
If you have questions or problems making your reservation, please contact the following:
Front Office Numbers:

Mr. Ajit, Reservations Manager for Speke Resort Munyonyo
email: reservations@spekeresort.com
Phone: +256-752-711842

Mr. Chris Mwaniki, ICSD Conference contact for Speke Resort Munyonyo
email: spekeresort@spekeresort.com
Phone: +256-782-626252


Please note: This is a working program. Components are subject to change.


  • World Food Programme
  • The AIDS Support Organization (TASO)
  • AIDS Widows Orphans Family Support (AWOFS)
  • Straight Talk Foundation
  • Nsambya Babies Home
  • Music for Life
  • Namugongo Fund for Special Children
  • Bead for Life
  • Makula Fund for Children
  • African Network for the Prevention and Protection of Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN)
  • Foundation for Human Rights Initiative
  • Center for Domestic Violence Prevention
  • Save the Children
  • Uganda Women's Efforts to Save Orphans (UWESO)


Where can I find information on Passport and Visa requirements for travelling to Uganda?

Most travellers to Uganda will need both a valid, current passport and a Visa. However, full details on requirements and the Visa process are available through the following websites:

Recommendation: if you do not get your visa prior to departure, you can recieve it upon your arrival at Entebbe airport for $50.00 USD.

If you need a written invitation on official conference letterhead in order to obtain a visa, please email the U.S. planning team with your name and contact information at icsd2013@simmons.edu

What vaccines and immunizations will I need to travel to Uganda?

In order to enter the country, you will need to be immunized for Yellow Fever; however, the government also recommends vaccinations for several other illnesses (most of which are standard vaccinations in many countries), including Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid, Polio, Meningitis, and Rabies. Please consult with your doctor to make sure your immunizations are up-to-date. For up-to-date information regarding international travel and health, please visit the following websites:

Are there any options available for pre/post-conference safaris?

If you wish to take advantage of wildlife-viewing safaris surrounding your time at the conference, please contact one of the following recommended companies:

What would you like to see represented on this website?

Please email your U.S. Planning Team at icsd2013@simmons.edu

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