Photo: Anne Jaakonaho


Coordinator Centria University of Applied Sciences
Contact details

Ilmo Anttila, ilmo.anttila(at)
Anne Jaakonaho, anne.jaakonaho(at)

Budget202 900 + 65 000 from partner institutions
Duration 6/2014 - 12/2015
Academic fieldSocial Work and Social Sciences
Funding since 2014


Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
Maseno University, Kenya
Moshi University College of Cooperative and Business Studies, Tanzania
Centria University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Lapland University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Brief Description:

SWAN Project strives towards improved social work higher education and societal impact of SWAN partner universities, by promoting sustainable social development in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Finland.

The Project aims to contribute to the social development and eradication of poverty, especially among families and children in Moshi in Tanzania, in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia and in Nyanza Province in Kenya through capacity building of the partner HEIs, NGOs, municipalities and local communities at institutional and individual levels. The project endevors to promote social work among families and children by enhancing family welfare, empowerment and participation of vulnerable groups. The purpose is to share good practices and know-how through the main activities of NSS Programme, teacher and student exchanges and intensive courses, by implementing multi-professional and cross-disciplinary approach. This will ultimately advance teaching, learning, research and development in the collaborative institutions and has a positive impact on even other emerging socio-economic needs in the surrounding communities.

Funded Activities
Number of Teacher Exchanges: 20
Number of Student Exchanges: 24
Number of Administrative Visits and Network Meetings: 5
Number of Intensive Courses: 1

Brief Description of the Intensive Course(s):

Topic: Social Development in Family Welfare
Theme: Family work approaches and methodologies

An article about the intensive course on Maseno University web page

Read about SWAN network at AllAfrica or Tanzania Daily News