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To bring together writers and illustrators of children’s books and encourage them to write and illustrate suitable reading materials with an African touch.


  1. Bring together writers and illustrators of children’s books
  2. Develop literature the fosters interracial and democratic deals and practices
  3. Promote the development of indigenous culture through literature
  4. Provide a positive portrayal of the African child in the media


  1. Write books for children
  2. Organize reading tents
  3. Organize workshops and seminars for the promotion of children literature
  4. Work in partnership with national and international organizations to promote reading culture amongst children
  5. Participate in national and international exhibitions

Sponsorship for UCWIA activities
We sponsor our activities through:

  1. Membership subscription fees
  2. Book sales
  3. Grants from National, regional and international organizations

Partnerships, collaborations and membership

  1. International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY)
  2. Uganda Publishers and Book Sellers Association (UPBA)
  3. The Reading Association of Uganda (RAU) which is an arm Of the International Reading Association (IRA)

Future plans

  1. Recruit more me members
  2. Write more books
  3. Participate in more book exhitions
  4. Widen partnerships both nationally and internationally
  5. Organize more workshops on children literature

Success stories

  1. Holding workshops
    • Writing and Illustration skills workshop for children’s books – May 2007
    • Importance of Book therapy for children workshop - July 2010
  2. UCWIA books selected for the Honor list of IBBY
    • "Greedy Monkey looses a Best Friend" by Ms. Evageline L.Barongo, Illustrated by Mr Jude Kasagga. Honored at the IBBY Congress in Macau, China in 2006
    • "Jonathan goes to school" by Ms.Eva Mutongole Wamala, Illustrated by Mr. Jude Kasagga. Honored at the IBBY Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2008
  3. International Participations
    • Members have attended the IBBY Congresses of 2002 in Basel Switzerland, 2004 in Cape town South Africa, 2006 in Macau China, 2008 in Copenhagen Denmark, and in Santiago Spain 2010.
    • Awarded scholarships to attend conferences – IFLA (Botswana) and Africa Section of IRA (Dar es Salaam)
    • Awarded a travel grant to participate In NAMBOOK 010 held in 2010 in Naminara Island of South Korea. The award was as a result of contributing to the book “A Peace Story” which is a collection of children stories about peace in our communities



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About the Conference

The IBBY Africa Region Conference is the largest gathering of writers and publishers with a focus on writing and publishing books for children and young adults on the continent. It has been held in South Africa in 2011 and 2013 and Rwanda in 2015.

The IBBY Africa Region Conference is the largest gathering of writers and publishers with a focus on writing and publishing books for children and young adults on the continent.

Uganda is pleased to host the 4th IBBY Africa Regional Conference from 22nd -24th August 2017 in Kampala, Uganda. This conference is proudly organized by International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Uganda Chapter, Uganda Children’s Writers and Illustrators Association (UCWIA), National Book Trust of Uganda (NABOTU), Uganda Reproduction Rights Organisation (URRO), Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and National Library Uganda.

The conference comes at an opportune time when children and young adults under 15 years dominate the demographics of the continent constituting over 50%. However authors and publishers are yet to cash in on this huge market potential.  This failure is attributed to several factors including a narrow range of titles in the different African languages available to the age group, a broken book value chain, high book prices inconsiderate of incomes in Africa and growing concerns about inability to read and write.

Whilst the book publishing industry has been stagnating, information and communication technology, especially the mobile phone has taken Africa by storm. ICT innovations such as social media have sparked a revolution in communication, and transformed the way young Africans communicate and share information with one another. This is a very interesting development that is shaping authorship and publishing culture on the continent in significant ways. It also represents a unique challenge that calls for innovative thinking on business models and the emergence of new value chains for trade in content.


Rethinking Contemporary Literature for Children and Young Adults in Africa

Sub themes:

Persons presenting papers in the plenary or workshops or posters shall be encouraged to share from the perspective of their personal or national experiences as well as what changes may be required to better literature for children and young adults and its distribution across the continent. The following sub-themes shall be discussed:

  • Authorship, illustrations and publishing
  • Language and children’s  literature
  • Oral traditions and children’s literature
  • Book trade in Africa and beyond
  • Intellectual property and business models
  • ICTs, publishing innovations and new value chains
  • Research on Literature for  children and young people