I am happy to announce that the 5th Annual Teso Development International Conference (TDIC) will take place on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September 2018 at the 4-Star De Vere Selsdon Estate Hotel, London, UK.
TDIC 2018 is organized by Iteso Welfare Association (IWA) UK, in collaboration with Iteso Cultural Union (ICU) UK and Karamoja Association (KA), UK. IWA UK is 25-year old organisation that is registered to operate in the UK and in Africa.
IWA UK exists to promote programs designed to nurture development awareness as well as empower and develop disadvantaged and vulnerable communities in the UK and Africa. We aspire to achieve positive citizenship, community participation, life learning and ultimately, a healthy community.
The theme of the conference is; Working Together for Sustainable Development. This theme builds on the theme of last year’s very successful conference; Teso: Past, Present, and Future.
The overall goal of the conference is to unite, collaborate, and partner with young people and women in identifying strategies for achieving sustainable development of the Ateker people in the UK, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan.
The objectives of the conference are:
- To identify the role that young people can play in the development of the Ateker people.
- To harness the power of culture and diversity in driving socio-economic development and peace of the Ateker people.
- To explore strategies to collaborate and partner with governments, the private sector and civil society organisations to advance the interests of the Ateker people.
- To promote the role of women in the development of the Ateker people and to advocate for gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.
- To develop and adopt best practices of improving our health and wellbeing.
This conference is in line with the constitutional mandate and strategy of IWA UK to explore strategies to advance the Ateker socially, economically, technologically and scientifically.
This year’s conference seeks to extend the achievements of TDIC 2017 and other previous conferences by emphasizing the role of young people and women in advancing the course of their society.
To explore the issues affecting the Ateker people, TDIC 2018 will bring together people of the Ateker group including the Jie, the Karimojong, the Turkana, the Toposa, the Nyangatom and the Iteso settled in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda and in the diaspora.
In addition, the conference targets friends of the Ateker and other key stakeholders and organisations engaged in development work in the respective countries inhabited by the Ateker people.
The Chair of TDIC 2018 is Mr. Paul Eganda. To contact the conference team, please send an email to TDIC@iwa-uk.org.uk or call telephone +4430 0365 3050 or visit our website https://www.iwa-uk.org.uk for more information. For information on how to get a Visa to the UK, please go here.
I look forward to welcoming you to the conference.
Dr. Patrick Igulot | Executive Director | IWA UK