On 22 July 2012 representatives of various psychology organisations in Africa met at the 30th
International Congress of Psychology (ICP 2012) in Cape Town, the first ICP to be held on African
soil since the first ICP was held in 1889. These representatives adopted the Cape Town Declaration
– committed to the establishment of the Pan-African Psychology Union to promote the development
of psychology as a science and practice in our countries, Africa and the World – which was roundly
acclaimed by the delegates of 103 countries at the ICP 2012 Opening Ceremony that evening.


The Pan-African Psychology Union, hereinafter referred to as PAPU, is the representative body for the science and profession of psychology in Africa.


PAPU’s mission is to be a collaborative union of psychological societies and psychologists in Africa committed to scholarship and human development in our communities, countries, Africa and the World.


The Cape Town Declaration recognised:

  • Psychology has the potential to serve as a key driver in human development in our communities, countries, Africa and the World;
  • The critical role of psychology in policy development, advocacy, continuing professional development, teaching, research, publication, outreach services and other forms of intervention;
  • The strength of psychology as an agent for change, development and empowerment of individuals and communities; and
  • The value of mutual collaboration towards the achievement of these principles.


The objectives of PAPU include the following:

  • To advance psychology as a science, profession and as a means of promoting human wellbeing.
  • To exchange ideas and scientific information between psychologists, psychological organisations and university departments in the various African countries through research, publications, communications and meetings.
  • To facilitate cooperation between scientists and practitioners working in psychology across Africa.
  • To foster excellence in standards for education, training, research and the applications of psychology in Africa.
  • To enable the development of psychology organisations and universities through activities that capacitate the development of psychology in our countries. Statutes and Rules of the Pan-African Psychology Union (PAPU) 1/10
  • To encourage the maintenance of the highest standards of ethics, conduct and lifelong education of psychologists in our countries and across Africa.
  • To engage in policy development processes that are relevant to social enhancement,
    psychosocial wellbeing, psychological practice, and national development in our countries and across Africa.
  • To be an important source of advice to institutions, universities, organisations, government ministries and departments on matters of behaviour, psychosocial wellbeing and mental health.
  • To disseminate psychological knowledge and professional skills in the public interest and to document and make available information and expertise on scientific and professional psychology.
  • To encourage the development of emerging psychologists and engender future leadership in psychology in our countries.
  • To collaborate with other international, regional, and national organisations in matters of mutual interest.
  • To promote the reputation of psychology and psychologists as well as the protection of their interests.