The Principal, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Prof. Edward K. Kirumira, has handed over USD1310 to the two Makerere University graduate students who were recognised for their outstanding performance in social development related fields during the 18th Biennial Conference for Social Development held in Munyonyo, Kampala in July this year.
The students are Abai Grace and Orech Geoffrey pursuing a Masters of Arts in Rural Development and Masters of Arts in Sociology respectively.
As it is the tradition of ICSD, the money was raised by participants at the scholarship breakfast held during the ICSD Conference. It was contributed towards the students’ tuition. The Principal informed the students that USD1310 is the highest amount of money so far collected at the ICSD Conference and cautioned them to put it to good use.
The 18th Biennial Conference for Social Development was co-chaired by Prof. Kirumira and Prof. Hugo Kamya from Simmons College in the USA. It was the first time the Conference was held on the African Continent.
The International Consortium for Social Development (ICSD) is an organization of practitioners, scholars and students in the human services.
It was started in the 1970′s by a group of social work educators to respond to pressing human concerns from an international and interdisciplinary perspective. The organization seeks to develop conceptual frameworks and effective intervention strategies geared to influencing local, national and international systems. It is committed to creating peaceful solutions to the problems of survival at the local, national and global levels. ICSD members use a social development approach to:
- Develop capacity of individuals and communities
- Promote world peace and social justice
- Improve access to adequate health care and education
- Overcome discrimination against women and minorities
- Create sustainable income and economic structures
ICSD serves as a clearinghouse for information on international social development. The Consortium fosters collaboration among personnel of organizations such as the United Nations, World Bank, UNESCO, and UNICEF as well as among professional associations in the human services and institutions of higher learning.