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Publish Date:
01 Mar, 2013


Cape Town Declaration: The Establishment Of A Pan-African Psychology Union

At the International Congress of Psychology (ICP2012) held in Cape Town, South Africa, in July 2012, representatives of eleven African countries came together to discuss possibilities for developing a stronger focus for the role of Psychology within Africa, under the initiative of the ICP2012 Secretariat and IUPsyS.

Representatives of the countries present, and of IUPsyS, crafted and agreed to the following declaration.

The Cape Town Declaration

Whereas psychology has the potential to serve as a key driver in human development in our communities, countries, Africa and the World

Recognizing the critical role of psychology in policy development, advocacy, continuing professional development, teaching, research, publication, outreach services and other forms of intervention

Recognizing the strength of psychology as an agent for change, development and empowerment of individuals and communities

Recognizing the value of mutual collaboration towards the achievement of these goals


We the undersigned, having attended the 30th International Congress of Psychology (ICP 2012) in Cape Town, 22-27 July 2012, 

Commit to the establishment of a Pan-African Psychology Union to promote the development of psychology as a science and practice in our countries, Africa and the World.


A collaborative union of psychological societies in Africa committed to scholarship and human development in our communities, countries, Africa and the World

Signed by representatives of Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, IUPsyS, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zimbabwe and acclaimed by delegates and guests attending the ICP 2012 Official Opening Ceremony at the Cape Town International Convention Center on 22 July 2012.

Deadline Extended to 20 October 2014

The overall aim is to use existing IUPsyS experience and its access to international scientific and APPLIED expertise on resilience in the face of stressful and traumatic events to help researchers, educators and practitioners in the Asia-Pacific region to increase their understanding of and ability to respond to the mental health consequences of disasters so prevalent in the region. A renowned international faculty of scientists will work with participants on most recent scientific and applied scientific evidence and knowledge, and show the constraints and opportunities of dealing with particular target groups such as children and adolescents. The workshop program will further address knowledge provision, education and training in academic programs of psychology, and help develop a regional network to support continuance in scientific research and training in mental health support following disaster. Click here for the full Announcement and Call for Application.