Photo: Meeting with the Cabinet Secretary for Labour and Social Protection Hon Florence Bore and the Principal Secretary for Social Protection, Mr Joseph Motari, with representatives from IFSW, Kenya National Association of Social Workers, and Nairobi City County
Joachim Mumba, IFSW Global President, and Pascal Rudin, IFSW Acting CEO, recently made a visit to Nairobi, Kenya. The purpose of this visit was to discuss the Expression of Interest submitted by the Kenya Association of Social Workers for hosting the 2026 World Conference on Social Work and Social Development.
During their visit, the local organizing committee, led by Charles Mbugua, facilitated several key meetings. Mumba and Rudin engaged in discussions with representatives of the Nairobi city and county government, as well as with the Kenyan Minister of Labour and Social Protection. These meetings were crucial in assessing the potential of Nairobi as the host city for the upcoming world conference.
Both Joachim Mumba and Pascal Rudin were impressed by the extensive groundwork laid out by the local committee and the warm hospitality they received. Joachim Mumba stated, “The dedication and preparedness showcased by the Kenya Association of Social Workers and the local authorities in Nairobi have been remarkable. It’s clear that they are committed to hosting a world-class conference.”
Pascal Rudin added, “Our visit to Nairobi was not only productive but also inspiring. The enthusiasm and support from both the local organizing committee and government officials have been extraordinary. If Kenya wins the bid, I am confident that the 2026 World Conference on Social Work and Social Development will be a memorable and impactful event.”
Photo: Meeting with the local organisation committee
The visit by the IFSW leadership underscores the importance of the World Conference as a platform for global dialogue and collaboration in the field of social work and social development. The decision on the 2026 host city is eagerly anticipated by the international social work community.