Sam Madesi


Madesi is a highly conscientious and seasoned community development consultant with an excellent community service record and a strong work ethic. He is adept in applied educational strategies and professional human development approaches offering specialized learning programs and citizen-driven development work. For much of his career, Madesi is guided by his personal development philosophy that development, social justice and peace are inextricably intertwined. During his 15 years of professional community development practice, Madesi has worked for and consulted with various organizations in western Canada [British Columbia and Alberta] including Canadian Pacific Railways, Pacific Northern Rail, Families Matter and Kigep Community Support Program where he facilitated families, workplaces and youth to peaceful means of resolving conflicts and living productive lives. In collaboration with life-long learning associations and home-based health care agencies in Nova Scotia, Canada, Madesi facilitated a handful of organizations building their capacities to transform family conflicts and build peace in families of people living with life-long illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, Cancer, Brain Injury, arthritis, and other mental health illnesses. On the international scene, Madesi has completed consultancy work in development leadership with Save the Children (consortium of Norway, Denmark and Uganda), Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD), Plan International, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), German Technical Cooperation (GTZ),  and AIDS Integrated District Model Program (AIM – USAID Project). From 2000 to 2004, he chaired the UNDP and World Bank funded private sector re-profiling, restructuring and institutional transformation in Uganda. The formed private sector centers currently serve as effective herbs for guiding small and medium enterprises (SME) and promotion of private-public partnerships in the country.

Madesi is renowned for leading project teams on adult learning, curricula development, advocacy and citizen engagement, resiliency, youth development strategies, organizational learning and change, peace initiatives, and accountable democracies. He is the founder Centre 4 Peace Studies (C4P) of Busoga University in Uganda. Madesi started his teaching career in the department of community education and extra mural studies at the Institute of Adult and Continuing Education of Makerere University in 2001. Later, he was cross-appointed as assistant lecturer in the faculty of Mass Communication at Busoga University in Uganda.

Since 2006, Madesi has facilitated/co-facilitated various course units at the Coady International Institute of St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada. His research on intra-family peacebuilding with case studies drawn from Canada, Uganda and Zambia won him the 2009 John Dobson memorial award in international development and research excellency from St. Francis Xavier University. Madesi holds a Master of Adult Education and a graduate diploma in community-based development both earned at St. Francis Xavier University in Canada, as well as a BA in Social Sciences from Makerere University in Uganda. He has received several professional certificates in conflict transformation and peacebuilding, business administration, project planning and management.