The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) is one of several development finance institutions in South and Southern Africa. Its purpose is to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development by funding physical, social and economic infrastructure. Through its Development Fund (DBSA DF) , the institution’s vision is to be a leading catalyst in institutional capacity building in order to maximise the impact of development finance in South Africa.
The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) is one of several development finance institutions in South and Southern Africa. Its purpose is to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development by funding physical, social and economic infrastructure. Through its Development Fund (DBSA DF) , the institution’s vision is to be a leading catalyst in institutional capacity building in order to maximise the impact of development finance in South Africa.The DBSA DF through the Industrial Development Corporation, South Africa (IDC) received financing to build institutional and human capacity at local government level, and help to create opportunities for local economic development. In a bid to go beyond South Africa and spread this model to the rest of Africa, the Fund identified three Universities; Makerere University Kampala, The International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (2iE) , Burkina Faso and the Vitz University, Johannesburg South Africa to help implement this.
It was against this background DBSA DF team led by the Chairperson of the Board; Prof. Brian Figaji paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor on Monday 15th March 2010, to discuss matters relating to a Memorandum of Understanding between Makerere University and DBSA DF. Also constituting the team was Dr. Paul Kiyingi Kibuuka, Divisional Executive; Siyenza Manje, DBSA and Reuben Mottola, Executive; Pan-African Capacity building Partnership.
The Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Affairs, Prof. Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza, who met the team on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor thanked Prof. Figaji and the DBSA DF for identifying Makerere to serve as a center of excellence for the delivery of the Executive Masters Programme in Water, Sanitation and Environmental Management. She appreciated how well the DBSA DF initiative fits in with past and present programs offered by Makerere to build capacity at Local Government levels. “Owing to the Central role that Makerere has previously played in building Capacity, having the university as a strategic partner would therefore ensure that a broad range of partners would be invited at various stages of implementation of the programme.”
Prof. Brian Figaji, a former Vice Chancellor himself at the Peninsula Technikon in Cape Town shared how the team had carefully set out to develop a model that would enable African Universities to participate at the core of any collaborations with universities outside Africa. This he added would help to build sustainable human, institutional and
Economic capacities, relevant to local needs. The model, which proposes uniform course modules and teaching staff exchanges across the three participating universities, hopes to leave behind a legacy of professionals spanning across the African continent. This network of professionals it’s predicted; will be key in sharing experiences to furnish solutions to African development challenges.
Prof. Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza commended the dawn of this partnership, as for a long time, there have been more of North-South collaborations than South-South ones.
Makerere University Launches National Parenting Draft Manual
By Agnes Namaganda
On July 22nd 2022, Makerere University–Child Health and Development Centre (Mak–CHDC) launched a draft manual for the National Parenting Standards. The Centre has been working together with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) with funding from UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund), to develop standards that are agreeable to all organisations in the country that are involved in parenting work. The draft manual was being presented to members of a consortium that brings together all these organisations together, called the Parenting Agenda Consortium.
“We produce many documents and they are shelved,” Irene Ayot Chono, who was speaking on behalf of UNICEF said. “We hope that this document will not be one of them,” she emphasized.
Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC who presented the draft manual to participants, emphasized that if any organization is doing parenting work, there should be a minimum package that they should offer.
Draft Manual Content
The manual which will have several modules. These modules will be delivered face-to-face in 1.5 hour sessions. Some of these include; Module 6 which will focus on “understanding responsible masculinity and fatherhood” and on “understanding the concept of head of family.”The draft manual also proposed that Module 11 focuses on Parenting in the 21st Century. Some of the sessions in this module will include Children and Technology, Contemporary Influence on Children and Modernity, Culture and Morality.Module 9 will focus on Parenting for Adolescents and some of the suggested sessions within this module are Needs for Adolescents and The Art of Communicating with Adolescents. Module 5 will focus on Preventing Violent Parenting and Promoting Alternative Discipline Strategies while Module 10 will be about Parenting to Address the Mental Health for Children and Adults.
After the presentation, participants raised several suggestions for discussion and consideration. These included whether there should be a module on spirituality since Uganda is a strongly religious nation. There was also the concern of how children in remand homes should be parented. Another concern raised by a participant was as to whether teachers who make an undeniable contribution to parenting, should be taken through the parenting manual.
In her closing remarks, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo, the Director of Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) said that the manual is for the parenting organisations to utilize and not for MGLSD.
Ms. Chono also adjured the team behind the manual to use picture illustrations in the manual that can be relatable by the Ugandan parents.
Contact: Agnes Namaganda – firstname.lastname@example.org
Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals
Makerere University received funding from the Government of the Republic of Uganda, earmarked to support high impact Research and Innovations. This unique initiative arose after engagements between the top University Management and the Government of Uganda. This fund illustrates the increasing importance that the Government attaches to Research and Innovation as a driver of development and transformation. The objective of the fund is to increase the local generation of translatable research and scalable innovations that address key gaps required to drive Uganda’s development agenda.
In the Financial years 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 the Government of the Republic of Uganda through Mak-RIF has funded implementation of over 750 multidisciplinary research and innovations within the various Colleges, while engaging multiple stakeholders within and outside Makerere University. The Grants Management Committee (GMC) has finalized the award process for the Mak-RIF round 4 call for funding for this Financial Year 2022/2023.
The Grants Management Committee (GMC) hereby invites you to the Launch of the Mak-RIF Round 4 awards and PhD Call for Proposals scheduled to take place tomorrow Thursday 29th September 2022 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. EAT.
Please use the following details to join the launch.
Register in advance for this meeting:
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise
The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites persons with disability who applied for admission to public universities under the disability entry scheme for 2022/2023 Academic Year to appear for medical/review exercise at Makerere Unive, Senate Building, Level Two (2) in the Telepresence Centre.
NOTE: Only those who have the minimum entry requirements of at least two principal passes at A’ Level or its equivalent and at least five (5) passes at O’ Level or its equivalent will be interviewed.
Only candidates who sat ‘a’ level in 2020, 2019 and 2018 are eligible for admission.
THE EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 2022 respectively from 9.00 A.M – 1.00 P.M each day.
(i) If you fail to appear on any of the given days above, there will be no other chance for you.
(ii) Applicants with Government Scholarship for the previous years are not eligible for admission
ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH
Acting. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR
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