Austrian Partnership Programme in Higher Education & Research for Development


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.

Article in Austrian newspaper "Kleine Zeitung" | May 2016

„Ubudehe“ statt Abschotten" is the title of the article that highlights that Social Work is becoming increasingly popular in East African countries.

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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.

Social workers as "angry reminders"

Report on the PROSOWO II kick-off workshop and international social work conference in Arusha, Tanzania.

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Arusha Call for Action

Partner institutions:

Carinthia University of Applied Sciences
University of Nairobi
Makerere University

Associate partner institutions:

Hope Africa University Burundi
University of Rwanda
Institute of Social Work Tanzania

Professional Social Work in East Africa - Towards Sustainable Impact | PROSOWO II

Photo: Decent Africa

Project Coordinator:
FH Prof. Dr. Helmut SPITZER

Coordinating Institution:
Carinthia University of Applied Sciences

Partner Institutions:

Makerere University, Uganda
(Janestic Mwende TWIKIRIZE, PhD)
University of Nairobi, Kenya
(Gidraph Gachunga WAIRIRE, PhD)
Hope Africa University, Burundi (Jacqueline MUREKASENGE, M.Ed)
University of Rwanda (Charles RUTIKANGA, MSW)
Institute of Social Work, Tanzania (Zena Mnasi MABEYO, PhD)

Partner Countries: Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi

Project Duration: 1 January 2016 – 31 December 2018

Information on completed project (2011 - 2014)



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.

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