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Community Engagement Fellows:


“Being part of the Community Engagement Fellowship, Africa introduced me to a whole new way of viewing and sharing challenges faced in my day-to-day and in my community through the Design Clinic sessions but most importantly, it made me appreciate the value of community involvement in overcoming communal challenges. I also had the opportunity to network and collaborate with young Africans across the continent that share the same values as me. I would highly recommend the Fellowship to any young African looking to broaden their knowledge in Community Development.”

- Aaron Tokwaro, Uganda

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"The CEF Africa Experience has provided me with an opportunity to share and learn new ideas through the design clinics with other fellows leaders across the globe and has given me different perspectives on my community project implementations.  The fellowship also offered great support in my professional development and improved network relationship with other leaders driving social change initiatives in their communities across different SDGs goals."

-Ubaida Sanda, Ghana

We are happy to welcome new participants to join the 4th offering of Community Engagement Fellows: Africa, an opportunity to create community solutions through collaborations that transcend geographical, political, and sociocultural boundaries. 


Community leaders across Africa will have an opportunity to share their experiences as well as learning from fellow leaders from different African countries. Our varying contexts, dynamics and social problems from community to community will help create rich learning opportunities. Please enjoy the reflections from current Fellows above & below.

Meetings will be on Zoom and take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00pm-9:15 pm East Africa Time. See the schedule below. The program is free and open to anyone working in community education and development in Africa.



Dominic Savio, Director of the Akili Pana Initiative and Program Director at Youth Volunteer Corps in Uganda

Travis Tennessen, Convener of Community Engagement Fellows at Western Washington University, USA

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Meeting #1: Why Engagement? Why are you drawn to build new collaborations?

Meeting #2: Preparing the Self What do you need to keep in mind about yourself as you engage?

Meeting #3: Forming Lasting Partnerships When challenges arise, how will you and partners respond? 

Meeting #4 Integrating Your Work How can new collaborations support your work holistically?

Meeting #5: Defining Success Where will new collaborations take you and your partners?

Meeting #6: Building Support Who will champion the collaborative work over time?


"Enrolling for the CEF: Africa fellowship was one of the best decisions I made this year. For six weeks I was able to learn from fellows about the challenges they have had in engaging communities and the best thing was the help that was provided in terms of proposing solutions. It is a very good opportunity for those that want to create solutions in their communities."
- Winnie Najjuma, Uganda


"I have greatly enjoyed the CEF Africa programme. Not only did the programme allow me to pause and learn from my past experiences but also to learn from other fellows through sharing of experiences and challenges and in our diversity, an aspect I loved and I am confident will continue to learn from and implement in my everyday work. I am also coming away from the programme having made new friends who I continue to bounce ideas off of as we work to make our communities better, it's been an enjoyable experience."  -Mphatso Kumwenda, Malawi


“Community Engagement Fellowship has been a holistic and unique opportunity for me to learn, share ideas and get the best innovations to advance my professional community engagements. Highly transforming space with diverse and experienced like-minded people. Amazing! with an opportunity to listen to different people, share different plans, build support, design practical questions for change in the community and measure actionable successes. CANDID LEARNING!”- John Okwera, Uganda


"The CE Fellows program has been a mind blowing and transformative experience. I have been exposed to various initiatives through which the fellows are impacting and wish to impact their communities, learning immensely and building partnerships in the process."  – Dr. Teddy Nalwanji, Uganda


"I found CEF: Africa as a center of attaining knowledge through learning from other fellows' perspectives and experiences which in turn opens one's mind towards situations he or she would have came across and much more."- Teddy Nakato, Uganda

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