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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 1st EAKC Kiswahili International Conference

East African Kiswahili Commission; Zanzibar, Tanzania; 18 November 2016:





Include, but not limited to, the following:

  1. Kiswahili, Regional Integration and Development. 

  2. Kiswahili and access to resources. 
  3. Kiswahili, Literacy and Health. 

  4. Kiswahili, Trade and Business. 

  5. Kiswahili, Education and Change. 

  6. Kiswahili, Politics and Democracy. 

  7. Kiswahili, Science, Technology and Innovation. 

  8. Kiswahili, Environment and Climate Change. 

  9. Kiswahili, Media and Public Spaces. 

  10. Kiswahili, Globalization and Partnerships.


Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania.

Conference Dates:

6th-8th September, 2017.


9th September, 2017.


The First EAKC International Conference will mobilize policy makers and practitioners, development partners, the media, scholars and other Kiswahili stakeholders into creative thinking on how the East African Community (EAC) can grow and change by adopting and implementing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) so as to survive and thrive in an ever- changing environment characterized by innovation and transformation.

Creative, innovative and transformative development and use of Kiswahili have the potential for enhancing relevant knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to tackle the challenges that come with SDGs.

The SDGs provide Kiswahili with a huge opportunity to help in solving development challenges facing the EAC. The Conference is premised in the logic that the post-2015 development agenda is going to shape policies, programmes and projects worldwide for the next 15 years.

Each and every SDG and target provides an opportunity for Kiswahili support communication. The goals and targets present great avenues for Kiswahili to demonstrate shared value while contributing towards local, national and regional sustainable growth.

The goal of the Conference is to discuss how the development and use of Kiswahili can stimulate new ideas, solve problems, and implement solutions to challenges of sustainable development in the EAC.

It is hoped that Conference participants will redefine the challenges and opportunities that come with SDGs, come up with new, innovative responses and solutions, and take action.

The Conference will not only help Partner States create better solutions to SDGs, but will engender a positive experience that will help speed up their adoption.

Important Dates:

November, 2016: Call for Abstracts

February, 2017: Deadline for Abstracts

March, 2017: Notification of selected Abstracts.

End of August, 2017: Draft Papers received.

Registration Fees:

i) East Africans: USD100 (Students: USD50)

ii) Non-East Africans: USD 200 (Students: USD100)

Excursion Fee (Optional): USD 50 per person

Conference Languages:

Kiswahili and English

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For more information, please contact:


Email contacts: kongamano [at] & kisconf [at]


About the East African Kiswahili Commission:

The East African Kiswahili Commission (EACK) is an institution of the East African Community based in Zanzibar, The United Republic of Tanzania. The Commission started its operations in May, 2015 and has developed the Annual Operations Plan for 2016-2017.  The Commission’s vision is to be the leading body in the promotion and coordination of the development and usage of Kiswahili for regional integration and sustainable development.


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