Fifth World Centre Pilot Project

What is the Fifth World Centre pilot?

The Fifth World Centre pilot is a project exploring how WAGGGS can bring a World Centre experience using existing facilities in Africa. The ‘centre’ has no fixed site but changes location at every event, bringing international experiences for girls and young women in different countries in Africa. Thanks to the generous donation from the Maersk Muller Foundation, the Fifth World Centre pilot project will be funded from July 2011-July 2013.

How did the idea for the Fifth World Centre pilot project come about?

5th World CentreThe pilot project is the product of years of discussion to bring a World Centre experience to Africa. In 2010, at the Africa Regional Conference it was unanimously agreed that the Africa Committee would explore opportunities to deliver World Centre experiences in Africa.

In July 2011 during the 34th World Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, a motion was passed to create an experimental two-year pilot project that could potentially lead to the creation of a Fifth World Centre in the Africa Region.

The project will be evaluated, with results and recommendations presented at the 35th World Conference in Hong Kong in 2014

Which countries are involved in the pilot?

Rwanda 1Four events are taking place in four host Member Organization countries:

  • Ghana
  • South Africa
  • Rwanda
  • Kenya
  • Nigeria

What's happened so far

Ghana - The event in Ghana took place from 21 to 27 July 2012, and focused on Fund Development and Leadership Development. The event was attended by 19 participants from seven African Member Organizations as well as South Sudan, who is currently working towards full membership. Read more about the event here.

South Africa - The event in South Africa took place from 7 to 14 October 2012, and focused on Fund Development and Leadership Development. 18 out of the 21 participants were from African countries. Read more about this event here.

Rwanda - From 6 to 11 May 2013 the Fifth World Centre Pilot Project  'Stop the Violence campaign' training event took place in Kigali. Read more about this event here.

Kenya - From 21 October to 17 November 2013, 8 participants from Senegal, USA, Kenya, UK, Rwanda, Lebanon and Nigeria participated in the Community Action Experience in Shanzu Transitional Centre in Mombassa, Kenya! Learn more about this great event here!

What's coming up in 2014?


DELTA is held from 23 to 29 April 2014 in Lagos, Nigeria. Read more about this event here.