The Kono Conference was the brainchild of the first Chairman, Mr. David Dingswayo Nyandemoh. It was Chairman Nyandemoh's dream to see Kono people gather together from all over the world to unite and discuss shared experiences as well as problems related to Kono District; and to begin paving a way for the improvement of our ethnically diverse communities in Kono and globally. According to Chairman, Nyandemoh, when it came to financing the project;
"I decided to turn to the community saying to myself that we should be able to fund our own conference. I was not wrong in my assessment. I should proudly say that the Conference was funded by the Kono people."
David Dingswayo Nyandemoh
Kono Conference, First Chairman
Read more of Chairman Nyandemoh's handing over speech here
The Kono Conference was started to raise the profile of Kono District and its indigenous ethnic groups, as well as to identify social, economic, environmental, political and cultural issues facing our communities. One of our immediate goals is to benchmark each sector of sustainable development and identify stakeholders. Our key strategy is to engage and involve all stakeholders to identify problems, their root causes, challenges, and solutions in the formulation of a comprehensive action plan for the development of Kono District.
Kono Conference Hosts: This Year (2017)
The Kono Conference in Washington DC 2017 is hosted by the Kono Union USA Inc. or KUUSA, Inc. Founded in the late 1960s, Kono Union is the oldest Sierra Leonean organization in the US. KUUSA is a non-partisan federally registered 501c3 non-profit organization. KUUSA collaborates with several U.S. based and global organizations made up of descendants of Kono District mainly in the Diaspora. We are looking forward to meeting all of our guests from the Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia communities as well as other major cities in the the US and various parts of the world. Join us in Washington DC this summer, August 3-4, 2017 and engage in discussions on issues affecting Kono District and our nation, Sierra Leone. With your help, we can rebuild Kono and work with others to transform Sierra Leone from one of the poorest countries in the world to a thriving place place for business, a clean and safe environment for its residents and a welcoming tourist haven for visitors. We have a fascinating, dynamic array of speakers and delegates representing all walks of life and sectors of our country. Please let us know if your are interested in setting up an exhibition to showcase your cause, organization or special products at this event.
Kono Conference in Washington DC 2017
We wish to thank all the speakers that participated in the second Kono Conference 2017 in DC. The event was a well attended, hugely productive success for our community. If you would like to attend or speak at the next Kono Conference event, please contact us
View all photographs from the event at Washington DC
Kono Conference Hosts: Previous Events (2016)
The Kono District Development Association UK was delighted to host the 1st London Kono Conference which was held from the 28th to 29th July 2016 at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London , Vernon Square, London WC1.
Mr. David Dingis Nyandemoh, Former Chairman Kono Conference in London 2016
The Conference was hosted by the Kono District Development Association UK (KDDAUK), which is a non-partisan UK registered charity 1160673. It is organised in partnership with several international Kono District civil society organisations and individuals in the Diaspora. We would like you to participate as a speaker, delegate and/or workshop facilitator in future events. We are also looking for sponsors and exhibitors who wish to showcase their causes or products at our upcoming event.
Kono Conference in London 2016
We wish to thank all the speakers that participated in the first London Kono Conference 2016. The event was a well attended, hugely productive success for our community. If you would like to attend or speak at the next Kono Conference event, please contact us
View all photographs from the event in London