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Research Voices from Africa speak through IFIP 2010 at CIT

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Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) have for several years now campaigned that ICT holds the promise to improve conditions in developing countries in a variety of manners. However, most of the actual results may not be astonishing. Why did existing knowledge about the correlations between ICT and the economy and society fail to develop ICT to support development? Is the mainstream model of conceptualizing and implementing ICT4D applicable in the African context? What are the alternatives to dominant approaches?

Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) have for several years now campaigned that ICT holds the promise to improve conditions in developing countries in a variety of manners. However, most of the actual results may not be astonishing. Why did existing knowledge about the correlations between ICT and the economy and society fail to develop ICT to support development? Is the mainstream model of conceptualizing and implementing ICT4D applicable in the African context? What are the alternatives to dominant approaches?

In organizing this workshop therefore, The Faculty of Computing and Informatics Technology, Makerere University (CIT) and the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Technical Commission 9 hoped to answer some of the questions raised above. Additionally through inviting and supporting several authors and texts from Africa and beyond, they hoped to highlight the importance of gaining a broader view on ICT4D by including substantially the actual settings of ICT implementation and use in Africa.

In his brief Dr. Gianluca Miscione, International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) noted that it was almost rare to find ICT efforts as endogenous production of developing countries. He also touched the driving force behind organizing a workshop of this nature, noting that the world hears about ICT in Africa more often than it hears about ICT from African voices. He hoped that this platform would enable the sharing of ideas and experiences between presenters and especially highlight discontinuities between African context and ICT4D mainstream paradigm.

Dr. Jude Lubega, Workshop Chair and Deputy Dean, CIT welcomed the IFIP and participants to Kampala, noting that the workshop’s timeliness, especially as Uganda is in the midst of her struggle to achieve the Millennium Development Goals through embracing ICT as a tool for enhancing development in service provision. He anticipated that the eighteen papers to be shared; with two from keynote speakers, would enable participants to intimately learn from each other and adopt what works best for Africa.

With its theme as “ICT and Development Research Voices from Africa,” Dr Lubega opined that the workshop was indeed the right direction for Africa towards achieving her Millennium Development Goals. Before inviting Professor Venansius Baryamureeba, to make his remarks, Dr Lubega thanked the Organizing Committee IFIP 2010 for all their input and trusted that the workshop will leave a roadmap for Africa.

The Guest of Honor, Acting Vice Chancellor and Dean, CIT Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba appreciated the global constitution of the participants noting that this would indeed lend credence to the workshop’s aim of making heard the ICT and Development research voices from Africa. He encouraged participants to engage all stakeholders in development so that proceedings from the workshop would be put to good use.

Professor Baryamureeba challenged participants to focus on how their research would: help benefit the key age groups of Women, Youth and the Elderly; contribute towards technological development with a bias of supporting small-scale industries; and help in improving corporate governance. He thanked the Organizing team and participants for their research efforts especially as the papers to be presented addressed a cross-section of development issues.

Click here for the Guest of Honour's speech  

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Papers presented

Information and Communication Technology for Development Research Voices from Africa
Gianluca Miscione, Walter deVries, Jude Lubega

All for the 'e' Initiatives in a limited access environment
Brian Sikute, Victor Mensah

Assessing innovative ICT for health information system in African rural communities
Ogundele Olukunle

Connecting Africa – African Connections, Africa’s engagement with information and communication technologies (ICTs) and their role for development – the case of telemedicine in South Africa
Norman Schräpel

Development Calling: The Use of Mobile Phones in Agriculture Development in Uganda
Brandie Martin, Dr. Eric Abbott

From Simulating Citizen – Government Interaction to Facilitating Service Delivery through ICT use: Experiences from the web-based collaboration and thinkLets project
Jackie Phahlamohlaka, Hossana Twinomurinzi, Lindiwe Masanabo, Ntombizodwa Mahlangu

Highlighting the convolution that is the ict world: professional career women in kenya speak
Salome Omamo

ICTs, Infrastructure and Entrepreneurship
Crystal Watley Kigoni, Hilary N. Ervin

Is a non-Western path to Modernity via the Deployment of Information Communications Technology Possible in Africa?
Peter A. Kwaku Kyem

Is ict empowering women in Egypt? An empirical study
Mona F. Badran

Phones usage for SMEs Economic Development – An Exploratory Study in Morogoro, Tanzania
Simon Rwekiza Melchioly, Øystein Sæbø

Promoting road safety through behavior and attitude change through community policing and ICT
Ssewanyana Joseph K., Niyitegeka Michael

Public Internet Access and E-government Distribution in Developing Countries:Evidence from Tanzania
Bjørn Furuholt, Edmund Matotay

Role of mobile phones in improving communication and information delivery for agricultural development: Lessons from South Western Uganda
Masuki, K. F. Ga, Kamugisha, Rb, Mowo, J. Gc, Tanui, Jc, Tukahirwa, Ja. Mogoi, Jc. and Adera E. Od

The impact of Abuja Geographic Information Systems on corrupt practices in land administration in the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria
Adewale O. Akingbade, Diego D. Navarra, Yola Georgiadou

Towards the emancipation of the ICT4D researcher: reflecting on a case study in deep rural South Africa
Kirstin Krauss, Marita Turpin

 

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Makerere University Launches National Parenting Draft Manual

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The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo (Centre) and Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC (Right) interact with a participant at the workshop on 22nd July 2022, Kampala.

By Agnes Namaganda

On July 22nd 2022, Makerere UniversityChild Health and Development Centre (MakCHDC) 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.

Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.
Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.

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.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.
Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.

Participants’ suggestions

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.

A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.
A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.

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.

The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.
The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.

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 – agnesvioletnamaganda@gmail.com

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Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals

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Mak-RIF 4 Awards and PhD Call For Proposals, 29th September 2022, 9:00 to 10:00 AM EAT.

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:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcu-urDIjE9ZgxdsbEmA2IkNMMiJVECt_ 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise

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One of the PWD graduands at the 69th Graduation during the Session held on 17th January 2019.

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.

IMPORTANT:

(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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