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The following grants are available in the area of Governance.

The following grants are available in the area of Governance.

 

Democratic governance and accountability programme in Uganda
EuropeAid

Funding supports actions to strengthen mechanisms for democratic accountability as a foundation for good governance. The budget for this call is 1.7 million euros and grants provide between 20 per cent and 90 per cent of eligible costs.
Closing date: 18 Nov 10
http://www.research-africa.net/award/994882

AusAID-DFID-3ie systematic reviews
Department for International Development (DFID)

Funding will support 59 commissioned studies in order to strengthen the international community’s capacity for evidence-based policy-making. An average-sized review will cost approximately $60,000.
Closing date: 29 Nov 10
http://www.research-africa.net/award/1002697

Canada conference grants
Government of Canada

These assist a learning institution or organisation in holding a conference and publishing the resulting papers and proceedings in a scholarly fashion. Grants are worth up to $20,000.
Closing date: 01 Dec 10
http://www.research-africa.net/award/1000633

Climate change and water call for concept notes
International Development Research Centre

Researchers from developing country institutions may submit proposals aimed at finding adaptive solutions to the water-related impacts of climate change on vulnerable communities living in coastal areas. Each project may request up to CAD$500,000 over a maximum of three years.
Closing date: 01 Dec 10
http://www.research-africa.net/award/1008552

IADR/Colgate community-based research award for caries prevention
International Association for Dental Research and American Association for Dental Research

This supports research into the field of cariology in order to promote oral health improvement globally, with a focus on community-based research for the prevention and management of caries. Up to $75,000 is available, which may be offered as one award or multiple smaller awards.
Closing date: 03 Dec 10
http://www.research-africa.net/award/965897

Clinical intervention awards
Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

This program invites researchers to propose novel or critical clinical intervention trials of promising therapeutic approaches that can significantly improve treatments for Parkinson's disease. Awards will be given for up to three years. There are no fixed budget limits.
Closing date: 15 Dec 10
http://www.research-africa.net/award/258724

Target validation program
Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

This program supports projects to determine whether manipulation of a defined biological target provides a disease-relevant beneficial outcome in a whole animal, mammalian model of Parkinson’s Disease. Up to $250,000 of funding is available for two years.
Closing date: 15 Dec 10
http://www.research-africa.net/award/251299

Catalonia international prize
Autonomous Government of Catalonia

This recognises a person whose creative work has made a significant contribution to the development of cultural, scientific or human values anywhere in the world. The prize is worth 100,000 euros.
Closing date: 31 Dec 10 (Forecast)
http://www.research-africa.net/award/793239

Civil society responsive grants
Commonwealth Foundation

These enable people from Commonwealth countries to participate in activities such as short training courses, workshops, seminars, conferences, cultural festivals, exchanges and study visits in other Commonwealth countries. In exceptional circumstances, the committee may award up to £25,000, with the average grant being given approximately £5,000.
Closing date: 31 Dec 10
http://www.research-africa.net/award/254648

Franklin W Kolk air transportation progress award
Society of Automotive Engineers

This award is presented annually to an individual for unique and outstanding contributions to air transportation or to the work of the aerospace technical committees in developing aerospace standards, specifications, technical reports and data through cooperative research. The award consists of a certificate and a $500 honorarium.
Closing date: 31 Dec 10
http://www.research-africa.net/award/246455

Young scientist research award
American Association of Cereal Chemists Foundation

This award recognises outstanding contributions in basic and applied research to cereal science, with the expectation that contributions will come. The award consists of a $1,000 honorarium and a plaque.
Closing date: 01 Jan 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/257911

Mentored new investigator research grants to promote diversity
Alzheimer's Association

These aim to close the health disparities gap between diverse and non-diverse investigator populations conducting research on Alzheimer's and related dementias. Awards are limited to $170,000 each over a maximum of three years.
Closing date: 03 Jan 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/610751

New investigator research grants to promote diversity
Alzheimer's Association

These grants support research into Alzheimer's or related dementias by investigators who are currently underrepresented at academic institutions. Up to four awards, limited to $100,000 each are available. The maximum duration of a project is two years.
Closing date: 03 Jan 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/610746

Non-pharmacological strategies to ameliorate symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease
Alzheimer's Association

The aim of this request for applications is to stimulate the scholarly investigation and development of non-pharmacological strategies to improve the care of persons with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. Each award is limited to $400,000 for two to three years.
Closing date: 03 Jan 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/783787

Novel pharmacological strategies to prevent Alzheimer’s disease
Alzheimer's Association

The aim of this request for applications is to stimulate the development of new pharmacological strategies to prevent or treat Alzheimer's disease. Each award is limited to $400,000 for two to three years.
Closing date: 03 Jan 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/783784

Dynamics of host-associated microbial communities (R01)
NIH: National Institute of General Medical Sciences

These grants will fund applications that propose genetic, physiological, and ecological studies designed to reveal the basic principles and mechanisms that govern the symbiotic systems dynamics of microbial communities. Budget requests should not exceed $250,000 per year for up to four years. An additional $100,000 may be available in the first year to cover exceptional equipment needs.
Closing date: 14 Jan 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/770937

NIH rapid access to interventional development (NIH-RAID) program (X01)
NIH: National Institutes of Health

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to invite investigators to apply for access to government-funded contract resources needed for the early and late stage preclinical development of small molecule, natural products, oligonucleotide, gene vectors and peptide therapeutic agents.
Closing date: 14 Jan 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/251368

Belfer Center fellowships in science and international affairs
Harvard University

The center offers fellowships in five program areas: international security; science, technology and public policy; intrastate conflict and conflict resolution; religion in international affairs; and the Dubai initiative. Stipends are worth $34,000 for postdoctoral research fellows and $20,000 for predoctoral research fellows.
Closing date: 15 Jan 11 (Forecast)
http://www.research-africa.net/award/247193

Book awards
American Political Science Association

Prizes are awarded for the best political science work published in the previous calendar year in the following subject areas: ethnic and cultural pluralism; US national policy; women and politics; and government, politics or international affairs.
Closing date: 15 Jan 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/254866

Research grants
Savoy Foundation

Research grants, up to $25,000 will be available to clinicians or established scientists working on epilepsy or related subjects.
Closing date: 15 Jan 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/245471

Research seed grant
Radiological Society of North America Research and Education Foundation

This program is designed to enable young investigators to gain experience testing hypotheses and defining objectives before they apply for major grants from corporations, foundations or government agencies. All radiology-related areas are considered. These one-year grants are worth up to $40,000.
Closing date: 15 Jan 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/245477

Collaborative hubs for international research on mental health (U19)
NIH: National Institute of Mental Health

NIMH solicits grant applications for cooperative agreements to establish regional research hubs to increase the evidence base for mental health interventions in World Bank designated low- and middle-income countries. An applicant may request up to $500,000 direct costs per year and a total project period of up to five years.
Closing date: 21 Jan 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/993192

Congress travel grant
International Pharmaceutical Federation

The objective of awarding congress travel grants is to permit the recipient to travel to the FIP congress in order to develop, or to help others to develop, skills or knowledge in line with the objectives of the foundation. The maximum level of support is 2,500 euros, including the registration fee for the congress.
Closing date: 31 Jan 11 (Forecast)
http://www.research-africa.net/award/255440

Women and public policy program/international security program fellowship
Harvard University

One postdoctoral residential fellowship will be awarded to an outstanding scholar in security affairs from the US or elsewhere working to promote basic research in the broad area of international security with a particular focus on issues relating to gender. The stipend is $34,000.
Closing date: 31 Jan 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/251306

International scholarships
Flemish Interuniversity Council

These enable students from developing countries to study on international master’s courses in Flanders, Belgium. Up to 180 scholarships are available for first-year master’s students, covering all related expenses.
Closing date: 01 Feb 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/257731

Joan Shorenstein Center fellowship program
Harvard University

The purpose of the fellows program is to offer a unique opportunity for scholars and practitioners to share their knowledge and expertise in a collegial and intellectually stimulating environment. Fellows are required to live in residence for one semester. A stipend of $30,000 will be disbursed over the semester.
Closing date: 01 Feb 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/247194

Alice L Beeman research awards in communications for educational advancement
Council for Advancement and Support of Education

The goal of the awards is to encourage research in communication for education, including such areas as marketing, public relations, government relations, issues management and institutional image enhancement.
Closing date: 18 Feb 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/248295

High priority, short-term bridge award
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International

This award provides one year of funding of $55,000 for research grant applications that address a high priority research area for the JDRF and scored within 10 percent of the funding payline for a review cycle of a research agency up to a year prior to the request to the JDRF.
Closing date: 01 Mar 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/256373

Wildlife without borders-Africa programme
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Projects must strengthen the ability of African institutions to manage and conserve species, habitats and ecological processes for the benefit of the people of Africa and the world. Preference is given to proposals requesting less than $50,000. Higher amounts may be requested with appropriate justification.
Closing date: 01 Mar 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/946151

John Dorst-Felix Fleischner seed grant in pediatric thoracic radiology
Society for Pediatric Radiology Research and Education Foundation

The aim of the foundation's seed grant program is to assist investigators in defining objectives and testing hypotheses before they apply for major grants from corporations, foundations or government agencies. The John Dorst-Felix Fleischner seed grant provides up to $10,000 for a funding period of one year.
Closing date: 15 Mar 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/259241

Seed grants
Society for Pediatric Radiology Research and Education Foundation

The aim of these grants is to assist investigators in defining objectives and testing hypotheses before they apply for major grants from corporations, foundations or government agencies. The grants provide up to $10,000 for a one-year funding period.
Closing date: 15 Mar 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/259239

DoD breast cancer research program: innovator award
Department of Defense (DoD)

The intent of the innovator award is to identify and fund visionary individuals who have a history of creative, innovative work and leadership in any field including, but not limited to, breast cancer. Funding of up to $5 million over a five year period will be made for each individual ward.
Closing date: 24 Mar 11 (Forecast)
http://www.research-africa.net/award/247728

PhD fellowships
United Nations University

Two fellowships are available for candidates from educational institutions around the world who would benefit from a stay of up to ten months at UNU-IAS. The fellowship provides a monthly stipend of 260,000 yen, from which a monthly usage charge for accommodation is deducted. A one off installment of 80,000 yen will be granted to each fellow for adjustment expenses and costs.
Closing date: 31 Mar 11 (Forecast)
http://www.research-africa.net/award/256103

Earth and space awards
Earth and Space Foundation

The foundation offers five Earth and space awards each year for expeditions that further the vision of the Earth as an oasis cared for by a space-faring civilisation. Awards are worth £250 (or $500) each.
Closing date: 30 Apr 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/247228

Senior research awards
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America

The objective of this award is to provide established researchers with funds to generate sufficient preliminary data to become competitive for funds from other sources. Awards are for one to three years. Total direct costs may not exceed $130,000 per year and indirect costs may not exceed 10 per cent of direct costs or $13,000.
Closing date: 01 May 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/245870

Lipid-based drug delivery outstanding research award
American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists

The purpose is to acknowledge truly outstanding research promoting drug delivery by lipid based systems and technology. The awardee will receive a cash award of $10,000 and a commemorative plaque. The recipient will also be awarded a complimentary AAPS annual meeting registration.
Closing date: 14 May 11 (Forecast)
http://www.research-africa.net/award/704205

Economist visitors programme
Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry

This enables leading economists to undertake short visits to the Directorate-General to present and discuss research work, and to share knowledge in the areas of microeconomics, quantitative methods, industrial policy and economic reforms. Visitors receive a weekly honorarium worth 750 euros to 1,250 euros, a subsistence allowance worth 92 euros per day and an accommodation allowance worth 100 euros per night.
Closing date: 30 Jun 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/909579

Research grants in basic sciences programme
Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (formerly the Third World Academy of Sciences)

Funding aims to reinforce and promote scientific research in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics carried out by either individual scientists or research units in S&T-lagging countries. Funding is worth up to $15,000 for individual scientists and up to $30,000 for research units.
Closing date: 31 Aug 11
http://www.research-africa.net/award/253569

Oral medicine and pathology research award
International Association for Dental Research and American Association for Dental Research

The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding and sustained peer-reviewed research that has contributed to the understanding of the mechanisms governing the health and disease of the oral cavity and associated structures, principally encompassing skin, bone, and the oral soft tissue. The award consists of a $3,500 cash prize and a plaque.
Closing date: 03 Sep 11 (Forecast)
http://www.research-africa.net/award/250382

Established investigator award
Scleroderma Foundation

The award is designed to facilitate highly innovative or highly relevant and meritorious pilot projects by established investigators in areas of research related to systemic sclerosis that will culminate in more substantial funding from federal or non-federal granting agencies. Applicants may request up to $75,000 per year for up to two years.
Closing date: 15 Sep 11 (Forecast)
http://www.research-africa.net/award/249919

Pezcoller Foundation/AACR international award for cancer research
American Association for Cancer Research

This award recognizes a scientist who has made a major scientific discovery in basic cancer research or who has made significant contributions to translational cancer research. The award consists of 75,000 euros, travel expenses to the ACCR annual meeting and a commemorative plaque.
Closing date: 15 Sep 11 (Forecast)
http://www.research-africa.net/award/251970

AACR/American Cancer Society award for research excellence in cancer epidemiology and prevention
American Association for Cancer Research

This award honors outstanding achievements in the fields of cancer epidemiology, biomarkers and prevention. The winner will present a lecture during the AACR annual meeting and will receive an honorarium of $5,000 and support for attendance at the meeting.
Closing date: 30 Sep 11 (Forecast)
http://www.research-africa.net/award/776411

AACR Margaret Foti award for leadership and extraordinary achievements in cancer research
American Association for Cancer Research

The award is given to an individual whose leadership and extraordinary achievements in cancer research have made a major impact on the field. The recipient will receive an honorarium of $10,000, a commemorative plaque and support to attend the AACR annual meeting.
Closing date: 30 Sep 11 (Forecast)
http://www.research-africa.net/award/776418

AACR award for outstanding achievement in cancer research
American Association for Cancer Research

This award recognizes a young investigator on the basis of meritorious achievement in cancer research. The winner will present a lecture during the AACR annual meeting and will receive an honorarium of $5,000 and support for attendance at the meeting.
Closing date: 15 Oct 11 (Forecast)
http://www.research-africa.net/award/776412

AACR Joseph H Burchenal memorial award for outstanding achievement in clinical cancer research
American Association for Cancer Research

The award recognizes outstanding achievements in clinical cancer research. The winner will present a lecture during the AACR annual meeting and will receive an honorarium of $10,000 and support for attendance at the meeting.
Closing date: 15 Oct 11 (Forecast)
http://www.research-africa.net/award/776410

AACR minorities in cancer research Jane Cooke Wright lectureship
American Association for Cancer Research

The lectureship is intended to give recognition to an outstanding scientist who has made meritorious contributions to the field of cancer research and who has, through leadership or by example, furthered the advancement of minority investigators in cancer research. The winner will present a lecture during the AACR annual meeting and will receive an honorarium.
Closing date: 15 Oct 11 (Forecast)
http://www.research-africa.net/award/776416

AACR Richard and Hinda Rosenthal memorial award
American Association for Cancer Research

This award will recognize research that has made, or promises to soon make, a notable contribution to improved clinical care in the field of cancer. The winner will present a lecture during the AACR annual meeting and will receive an honorarium of $10,000 and support for attendance at the meeting.
Closing date: 15 Oct 11 (Forecast)
http://www.research-africa.net/award/776415

AACR women in cancer research Charlotte Friend memorial lectureship
American Association for Cancer Research

The lecture is intended to give recognition to an outstanding scientist who has made meritorious contributions to the field of cancer research and who has, through leadership or by example, furthered the advancement of women in science. The winner will present a lecture at the AACR annual meeting and will receive an honorarium and commemorative plaque.
Closing date: 15 Oct 11 (Forecast)
http://www.research-africa.net/award/776417

International awards
Ashden Trust

The intention is to reward organisations who have excelled in providing sustainable energy at a local level. There will be up to six international award winners. One will win the overall energy champion award worth £40,000, while the remaining five winners will each win £20,000.
Closing date: 19 Oct 11 (Forecast)
http://www.research-africa.net/award/254956

 

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The Chairperson of Council, Mrs Lorna Magara (L) presents a plaque to Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta in appreciation of his visit and invaluable service, 15th September 2021, CTF1, Makerere University.

By Hasifa Kabejja

Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta has appreciated Makerere University for supporting and carrying forward the newly introduced programme aimed at advancing peace on the African Continent. Launched in January 2020, the Rotary Peace Centre at Makerere University runs a postgraduate diploma programme in Peace-building and Conflict Transformation. The hands-on program entails coursework that addresses topics including human rights, governance, and the role of the media in conflict. Other studies focus on refugees and migration, as well as resource and identity-based conflicts.

At a high level meeting held with the University leadership on 15th September 2021 at CTF1, President Shekhar Mehta said Rotary International was proud to be partnering with Makerere to promote peace on the African Continent. “The mere absence of war does not translate into total peace. Besides war, there are many other factors undermining peaceful co-existence. It is our duty to address these issues so as to create harmony in our communities. Through the Rotary Peace Centres across the globe, we are undertaking a number of initiatives aimed at promoting peace. Since 2002, the Rotary Peace Centres have trained more than 1,300 fellows who are working to advance peace in more than 115 countries. We are happy to work with Makerere University to foster peace and development on the African Continent,” he noted.   President Shekhar Mehta, who was on a three-day tour of Rotary projects in Uganda, was visiting Makerere for the first time since the University won the bid to host the International Rotary Peace Centre, the first of its kind on the African Continent.

President Shekhar Mehta, who was in company of past and current Governors of Districts 9213 and 9214, said peace was a necessary catalyst for the progress of humanity and general development of nation states across the globe. Elected for the 2021-22 term, President Shekhar Mehta, through his year theme Serve to Change Lives, asks Rotarians to participate in service projects where they can make a difference in their communities and the people who live in them. Since he joined Rotary in 1984 as a member of the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar, West Bengal, India, President Shekhar Mehta has led many major service initiatives in India and South Asia, including among others, constructing 500 homes for Tsunami survivors at Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and starting the Shelter Kit programme in India which has served about 20 disasters and benefited about 75,000 disaster victims. 

Delivering her remarks, the Chairperson Council, Mrs. Lorna Magara appreciated Rotary International for entrusting Makerere University with the mandate to host the first rotary peace centre on the African Continent. “Choosing to house the Centre at Makerere University shows Rotary International’s trust and confidence in Makerere and her vision for building for the future. We are grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the advancement of Rotary International’s agenda. We also sincerely appreciate Rotarians all over the world who have committed funds to support the Rotary Peace Centre at Makerere University,” she noted. Similarly, she appreciated The Rotary Foundation (TRF) of Canada for setting up an endowment fund for the Peace Centre. “This will go a long way in ensuring the sustainability of the Peace Centre at Makerere University. The fund will help in the Capstone week where Fellows will present their social initiatives. These initiatives will showcase how the Rotary Peace Centre contributes to positive peace initiatives all over the world.”

In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe informed the President that the decision to establish the first Rotary Peace Centre in Africa at Makerere University was welcomed with ‘excitement and gratefulness’. “We consider this to be a vote of confidence in our efforts in the peace and conflict resolution agenda. We extend our appreciation to Rotarians in Uganda and beyond for selflessly supporting this noble cause.” The Vice Chancellor appreciated the leadership of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Makerere, and the Director of the Centre, Dr Helen Nambalirwa Nkabala for their tireless efforts in ensuring the centre achieves the intended objective.

By the end of this year, the Centre will have hosted two cohorts of peace fellows. The first cohort was at Makerere University between February and May, 2021. Currently, these Peace fellows are carrying out their peace initiatives in their communities. The second cohort will report on September 27, 2021. In both cohorts, Peace Fellows were chosen from 20 countries and by the end of the year, the Centre will have had a total of 36 Fellows.

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The "Enhancing Women’s Participation and Visibility in Leadership and Decision-Making Organs of Public Universities in Uganda through Action Research" Phase One Study dissemination poster for the event held on 14th September 2021, CTF1, Makerere University and Online.

The Gender Mainstreaming Directorate (GMD), Makerere University on 14th September 2021 presented findings from phase one of the study on Enhancing Women’s Participation and Visibility in Leadership and Decision-Making Organs of Public Universities in Uganda through Action Research. The study team led by the Director GMD and Principal Investigator (PI), Dr. Euzobia Mugisha Baine also consists of Assoc. Prof. Consolata Kabonesa, Dr. Anna Ninsiima, Ms. Frances Nyachwo, Ms. Susan Mbabazi and Mr. Eric Tumwesigye.  

The team is also made of coordinators from participating Universities such as Busitema University-Ms. Elizabeth Birabwa, Kabale University-Sr. Dr. Eva Tumusiime, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST)-Dr. Specioza Twinamasiko, Muni University-Ms. Amandru Stella Wawa, and Gulu Univeristy-Sr. Rosalba Aciro.

Funded by the Government of Uganda through the Makerere University Research and Innovations Fund (Mak-RIF), the study was inspired by the fact that women are persistently few in numbers as staff, more so in leadership and decision-making organs of Ugandan Public Universities. “This is despite all the various efforts at national and international levels; the numbers are not growing as fast as needed to meet development goals of the country” explained Dr. Euzobia.

Based on this background, the study team therefore sought to conduct a situational analysis of the gender terrain of the six public universities to obtain baseline information encompassing the composition of governance and leadership organs and senior staff by sex, as well as a needs assessment and profiles of potential mentors and mentees.

Furthermore, the team sought to explore the capacity to conduct gender-responsive research as well as the role of male staff engagement in gender equity interventions within the universities as the drivers of development.

Dr. Mugisha-Baine shared that results of the baseline would then be used to design participatory training manuals or guides on gender and leadership. The manuals would cover; Institutionalized mentorship, How to conduct gender-responsive research, gender and equity budgeting, among others.

The Director GMD, Dr. Euzobia Mugisha Baine
The Director GMD, Dr. Euzobia Mugisha Baine

 “Within these manuals, we shall have a male staff engagement strategy in gender equity interventions in universities” she explained.

The development of the aforementioned materials would then be followed by their adoption and use to build capacity for women not only in leadership of participating and other public university but also beyond. “We shall periodically evaluate whether the capacity we have built has influenced women’s participation in leadership and decision-making organs of the university” supplemented the PI.

The capacity building trainings for women, it is envisaged, will lay the foundation for the formation of a functional Uganda University Women’s Think Tank, starting with the six participating universities. Dr. Mugisha Baine added that through this Think Tank, a monitoring and tracking system for gender representation in recruitment, promotion, retention/turnover and leadership of public universities shall be established and maintained.  

At the conclusion of phase one, the study team had drafted participatory training manuals in gender and leadership with content on; gender specific critical analysis of the leadership spectrum of public universities, positioning of individual women within the institutional framework and strategies for their advancement, gender equity advocacy in the university setting, institutional mentorship, building capacity in conducting gender-responsive research, among others.

“This content will be validated by the participating universities before the actual research training is conducted” added the PI.

On behalf of the research team, Dr. Mugisha Baine thanked the Government of Uganda for providing the resources that facilitated phase one of the study and prayed that the Mak-RIF Grants Management Committee (GMC) would support the next phase of capacity building.

Speaking on behalf of the Mak-RIF GMC Chairperson, Prof. William Bazeyo, Dr. Helen Nambalirwa Nkabala thanked and congratulated the team led by the Director GMD upon the milestones registered in the critical research.

“We are very proud of that work that is being done by all researchers in Mak-RIF and we would like to most sincerely thank Management for all the support throughout this process” she remarked.

Dr. Nkabala encouraged the research team to continue disseminating and using the findings for the furtherance of gender mainstreaming, particularly through the aspect of male staff engagement in gender equity interventions.  

The Executive Director, NCHE, Prof. Mary Okwakol. Courtesy Photo.
The Executive Director, NCHE, Prof. Mary Okwakol. Courtesy Photo.

Prior to delivering the keynote address of the day, the Executive Director National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) Prof. Mary Okwakol thanked the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe for inviting her to the important forum, noting that women’s participation in decision making and governance is a priority area of the Uganda Gender Policy 2007.  

She commended Makerere University for being at the forefront of gender mainstreaming in Uganda, noting that this prominence was one of the reasons why the Gender in Education Policy 2007 provides for replicating the institution’s strategy in all other Higher Education Institutions.   

Prof. Okwakol whose keynote address was punctuated incisive personal examples reaffirmed the statistics that women are generally not visible in leadership of Universities. That notwithstanding, in instances where they rise to leadership and decision-making positions, they are regularly subject to roles traditionally deemed as women’s inconsiderate of their managerial seniority and experience.

She nevertheless rallied the women to play their respective roles in enhancing participation and visibility at a personal level. The following were some of the strategies she proposed; work hard to acquire academic credentials so as to compete favourably with men, acquire necessary administrative training and experience, network among women, join professional networks as well as do research and publish.  

On joining professional networks, she shared her personal experience as a young zoologist who joined UNESCO’s Tropical Biology and Fertility Programme. “Within a short time I was appointed Coordinator for Africa and after two years, I was elected as a Member of the International Board of Management. After serving for two years, I became Vice Chairperson of that Board and finally I became Chairperson of that International Board.”

At the institutional level, Prof. Okwakol appealed to the Chairperson Council and Vice Chancellor to proactively recruit women who meet the requirements for leadership positions even if it means actively seeking out the reluctant ones. In this regard, she shared that it would be useful for the university to develop a database of women and their qualifications to ease this process.

She shared that NCHE has in recognition of female underrepresentation at every level in Higher Education approved the establishment of a Gender and Equity Unit with the aim of promoting inclusive gender participation in the sub-sector.

“This unit has been placed under the Directorate of Quality Assurance and Accreditation which implies that as we look out for and regulate quality, gender will be a very important aspect of that regulation” she reassured.

Prof. Okwakol concluded by urging participants to read the; Third National Development Plan (NDPIII), Uganda Vision 2040, and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) noting that there is no way all three can be achieved while women are left behind because they each make a case for inclusion of the female gender.  

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe follows proceedings during the dissemination.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe follows proceedings during the dissemination.

“What we are addressing here are historical injustices” said Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe as he commenced his remarks, “And in the case of Makerere University, it is well known that the institution started as a male-only institution and we all know the original motto was ‘Let us be men’” he added.

Citing examples from history such as; Marie Curie – one of the smartest physicists, Hatshepsut, Nefertiti and Cleopatra – prominent Pharaohs of Egypt, George Eliot, Rosa Luxemburg and Hypatia – all great philosophers as well as Chancellor Angela Merkel – first female Chancellor of Germany, the Vice Chancellor said there is no plausible argument that there are things women cannot do as well as their male counterparts.

He said it was against this knowledge and in a bid to correct historical injustices that Makerere University pioneered initiatives such as putting in place affirmative action for girls, establishing a Gender Mainstreaming Directorate as well as a School of Women and Gender Studies. The Vice Chancellor nevertheless stressed the need to go beyond pioneering to protecting these gains through legislation. “Historically we have seen that discrimination can only be addressed by laws and policies.”

Prof. Nawangwe thanked the Government for providing funds to support Mak-RIF as well as the Funds GMC and Secretariat for ensuring that these funds are put to good use. He equally thanked the Chairperson of Council, Mrs. Lorna Magara for her not only her support but also sparing time to attend a good number of the research dissemination events.

A screenshot of the Chairperson of Council, Mrs. Lorna Magara delivering the concluding remarks.
A screenshot of the Chairperson of Council, Mrs. Lorna Magara delivering the concluding remarks.

Delivering the concluding remarks, Mrs. Magara acknowledged that the study was timely and relevant the contemporary University, as one of the critical drivers of the national and international development agenda. She therefore reechoed the Vice Chancellor’s thanks to the Government of Uganda for generously supporting the University’s research through Mak-RIF.

Turning to the keynote speaker she said, “I thank Prof. Okwakol for ardently discussing the critical issues affecting the female gender, the strategies to overcome the challenges, including sharing her inspiring personal experiences.”

Mrs. Magara equally thanked Prof. Okwakol for her very instructional analysis, providing mentorship guidance with the resultant impact of enhancing the female gender in decision-making positions. In the same breath she congratulated the PI and her team upon successfully concluding phase one of the project.

“Phase one has generated insights in understanding the status of women in leadership in public universities, the legal and policy framework and its implications on women’s visibility, the institutional mentoring systems and the gaps therein” she observed.

The Chairperson of Council acknowledged that the challenge of underrepresentation of women in leadership roles cannot be resolved at an individual level. She therefore advocated for broad based strategies that can address deep-seated structural and cultural biases facing women. “These include developing mentorship networks, enacting laws and policies that address the imbalances and providing training programmes to address the leadership gaps.”

She therefore pledged the University Council’s unwavering support to the Gender Mainstreaming Programme by ensuring an enabling policy environment that facilitates gender-responsive teaching, learning, research innovation and community service.   

The research dissemination was moderated by the Principal Public Relations Officer (PRO), Ms. Ritah Namisango and the Director Communications, Learning and Knowledge Management, ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) and PRO Mak-RIF, Ms. Harriet Adong.

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Section Editors & Associate Editors Wanted-CABI Agriculture & Biosciences Journal

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The CABI Agriculture and Biosciences Journal (CABI A&B) is still in search of both Associate Editors to join the CABI A&B Editorial Board, as well as a Regional Editor-in-Chief to lead for Africa in addition to serving as a Section Editor in the area of either Environmental and SOIL SCIENCE, AGROECOLOGY, OR AQUACULTURE AND FISHERIES. Ideally CABI wants Section Editors (SE) who are prominent members of their research communities, with high-level established positions at a research institution, with a strong, current record of international collaborations and publication, with an H-index of at least 25.  For Associate Editors (AE) we hope for researchers who have with established positions at a research institution (e.g., not post-docs or Ph.D. candidates), with a strong growing record of international collaborations and publication (e.g., around 8 publications in the past two years), and have an H-index of at least 15.

Very importantly, CABI hopes for SEs and AEs who are good communicators and are passionate about serving and building the journal to be an outlet for both large and small steps of sound science that will improve the lives and livelihoods of people worldwide.

Please see Downloads for the CABI EDITORIAL DIRECTORY

Interested applicants should email PHILIPPA J. BENSON, PH.D. MANAGING EDITOR | _CABI A&B | P.BENSON[at]CABI.ORG

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