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
Type Private
Established 1997
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]

The 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 a 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.

KISWCD is 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. Short courses and consultancy services are available.

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.



KISWCD has intakes in January and June every year. Registration for the distance learning programme is possible throughout the year. Students can register online.

Mode of study[edit]

  • Full-time (daytime)- 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 (learning by correspondence)


Examinations are administered by several examination bodies namely:

The programmes evaluation and quality assurance is done by the 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 takes place during the academic year.


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. The institute links up with Kenya Institute of Social Work to offer training.


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


The objective of the consultancy services is to provide advice in particular areas of expertise.


  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]
  4. ^ "Kenya Institute of Social Work and Community Development Facts 2008: Enrollments 2008". KISWCD. Retrieved 2008-09-09. 

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