Byamukama Michael Ntanda, BA, MADS, MBA

Byamukama Michael Ntanda, BA. SWSA (MAK), MADS, MBA (BSN – Netherlands under NUFFIC scholarship) and Ph.D. Leadership (student) is a social worker, practitioner, and global development specialist. He has expertise in leadership, advocacy, programme development, and strategic management with more than 25 years of progressive experience in both international and regional organizations (CARE International, AMREF, Save the Children International and REPSSI). Michael is the REPSSI Uganda Country Director and President of the National Association of Social Workers Uganda (NAWU). His experience includes: networking and partnership development, research, policy documents development, team management, proposal writing, fundraising, training manuals and curriculum development, humanitarian emergencies programming, child protection programming, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support programming, child policy review and formulation, and social service workforce planning and advocacy at global, regional and national levels. In addition, Michael has experience consulting in Technical Assistance (TA) and capacity building work in the same fields. Michael is also a member of global, regional and national social and mental health learning initiatives/networks. He has reviewed and contributed to the development of global and national policy documents and frameworks, and has worked closely with civil society organisations as well as government and academic institutions to strengthen of the social work profession. Michael has served on several NGO Boards and is currently a Global Social Service Workforce Alliance steering committee member, a strategic and policy level board of the Alliance, and a technical member of different government working groups. He is also a steering committee member of Uganda Internal Risk Management Group- IRMG, a body that brings together both International and local NGOs to mitigate against risks and promote safeguards. In addition, he is a member of the Global Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS). Michael was selected as an expert to provided technical, skills and discipline-specific support to Uganda NCHE in developing Minimum Standards for the training and education of social workers in Uganda. Currently, under coordination of the Inter-University Council of East Africa (IUCEA), he is one of the experts developing the East Africa benchmarks for a bachelor’s in social work and social Administration (SWSA).


Professional Expertise


Health promotion/education, International development, Social work, Social and behavioral sciences, Social policy, Leadership


Common mental health conditions, Conflict/post-conflict settings, Displaced population health, migration/refugee issues, Gender-based violence and intimate partner violence, Grief and loss, Resilience, Sexual and reproductive health, Stress and coping, Curriculum Development, Child Protections, Social Services Workforce Strengthening

Methodological Areas

Community engagement and CBPR, Grant and proposal writing, Intervention development and testing, Qualitative methods, Social network analyses, Theory of change/logic models

Strategies expertise

Advocacy, Community engagement, Capacity building, Decision supports, Dissemination and implementation, Quality improvement, Partnership development, Supervision and coaching

Intervention Expertise

Anti-stigma interventions, Family interventions, Mental health awareness/promotion, Parenting interventions, Psychosocial skills, School-based interventions, Evidence-based mental health practices

Partnership Expertise

Community-based organizations/coalitions, Faith-based organizations, Funding agencies, Government agencies, International NGOs, Professional associations, Schools and universities