Kenya Institute of Social Work and Community Development

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Kenya Institute of Social Work and Community Development
Kiswcd logo.png
Motto Empowering the community for sustainable development
Established 1997
Type Private
Academic staff
Location Nairobi, Kenya
1°17′13″S 36°50′15″E / 1.287013°S 36.837603°E / -1.287013; 36.837603Coordinates: 1°17′13″S 36°50′15″E / 1.287013°S 36.837603°E / -1.287013; 36.837603
Campus Urban, 25 acres (0.1 km2)[2]
Colors Blue and white[a]
Mascot Book[3]

Kenya Institute of Social Work and Community Development (KISWCD) is a community-focused development and training institution without any governmental, religious or political affiliation. KISWCD was initiated in 1997 and incorporated on 22 June 2000 as a private company limited by guarantee. It was registered by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology on 22 August 2002 as a training institution.

The institute is managed by Board of Governors who are experienced in the areas of social work, educational institutions management, business management, human resources management, finance and accounting, psychology, environmental health, counselling and law among others.

KISWCD is a member of a number of international organisations and associations and an examination centre for KNEC, ICM UK, AQA UK, and ABMA among others. The Institution offers certificate and diploma courses in Community Development, Social Work and Welfare, Project Management, Community Health and Counseling among others. A number of short courses and consultancy services are available.

In the last 10 years, the institution has distinguished itself as a centre for excellence, drawing students from virtually all major NGOs, government departments and the private sector. Students from Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia are among those who have enrolled in KISWCD.

The main campus is located at NACICO Plaza, 6th Floor, on Landhies Road, Nairobi.

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KISWCD has two intakes: January and June every year. Registration for the distance learning programme is possible throughout the year. Students can register online. On enrolling and paying the tuition fees, students are issued with a timetable, course outlines, rules and regulations, grading systems, ID card, the institute’s annual calendar, list of textbooks and examination timetable.

Mode of study[edit]

Several methods of study are available:

  • Full-time (day time) — 8.00 am–6.00 pm, Mon–Fri
  • Evening classes — 5.30 pm–7.30 pm, Mon–Fri
  • Saturday classes — 8.00 am–4.00 pm
  • Blocks — April, August and December
  • Distant Learning Programme (DLP, learning by correspondence)


Examinations are administered by several examination bodies namely:

The programmes evaluation and quality assurance is done by Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Commission for Higher Education, Kenya Methodist University and individual institutions that collaborating with KISWCD.

Field work attachment[edit]

All students are required to get attachments in NGOs, churches and other organisations involved in community work for not less than three months. This is mandatory and takes place during the academic year.

Extracurricula activities[edit]

KISWCD supports student sports activities. The institute sponsors an annual sports day where students and teachers play against each other.

Short courses[edit]

Short courses are organised at the beginning of each year and posted at KISWCD's training calendar on the website. Short courses target specific knowledge and skills in a particular field of interest to the learner in a highly interactive manner with other learners. The facilitators are leading authorities in the subject area and are conversant with emerging trends in the field. Trainees get first-hand research and reference experience from trainers of repute who impart the subject matter of the particular field with utmost authority. The institute links up with Kenya Institute of Social Work to offer the most comprehensive training in various programmes in the region.


KISWCD does not offer in-house accommodation for students. However, arrangements are made to secure safe accommodation. This cost is met directly by the students.


The objective of the consultancy services is to provide advice in particular areas of expertise. Changing needs in the job market require new specialised knowledge to deal with the fluid environment hence the need for consultancy services.


See the About KISWCD website maintained by KISWCD [1]


  1. ^ "Kenya Institute of Social Work and Community DevelopmentFacts 2008: Faculty and Staff". MIT. Retrieved 2008-09-09. 
  2. ^ "MIT Facts 2008: The Campus". MIT. Retrieved 2008-09-09. 
  3. ^ "Symbols: Book". KISWCD Graphic Identity. MIT. Retrieved 2008-09-09. [dead link]

External links[edit]

Kenya Institute of Social Work and Community Development KISWCD Website
Kenya Ministry of Education Ministry of Education Website
Kenya National Examination Council Examination Council Website