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SUNRAY: Call for applications

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The SUNRAY project “Sustainable Nutrition Research for Africa in the Years to come” aims to develop a nutrition research agenda for sub-Saharan Africa.

The SUNRAY project “Sustainable Nutrition Research for Africa in the Years to come” aims to develop a nutrition research agenda for sub-Saharan Africa.To aid this process, a set of scientific papers will be prepared that identify how environmental changes will impact on nutrition in Africa and the challenges for future research.

Topics for the papers
1. Climate change and potential impact on nutrition in Africa
2. Trends in international, regional and domestic markets, and potential impact on nutrition in Africa
3. Socio demographic changes and potential impact on nutrition in Africa
4. Trends in water availability and accessibility and potential impact on nutrition in Africa
5. Social dynamics and potential impact on nutrition in Africa

The analysis will consider the nutritional needs for Africa as a whole with specific emphasis on sub
Saharan Africa.

Governance, political dynamics and health are cross cutting issues in all papers.

Video message
The author(s) of the papers will be invited to present a summary of the papers and the recommendations for the nutrition research community during a short video message. The message will be played during each of 3 regional workshops in Africa where researchers and stakeholders in nutrition will develop a blueprint for a nutrition research agenda for sub-Saharan Africa. The modalities, timing and format of the video (personal interview, recorded power point presentation etc.) message will be determined in consultation with the author(s).

Format requirements
The papers will follow an academic format with approximately 8000 words (including references and tables), and about 50 AMA style references, with a structured abstract of max 300 words.

The structure of the paper will follow: introduction, methods, results, discussion and a conclusion section. The latter will detail specifically the recommendations the future for nutrition research in Africa.

Selection procedure and time line
The author(s) will have to send the final paper, including the video, on the 12th August 2011. Drafts
will be sent according to the following calendar:
May 15: Submission of proposals.
May 18: Announcement of the selected authors.
May 30: Submission of the final outline for the selected 5 papers. Two pages including the final outline agreed with the Evaluation Committee, table of contents and keywords.
30th July: Submission of the first draft. 15 pages text double spaced, 8000 words maximum
12th August: Submission of the final draft.
30th September: Video recordings. 10-minutes talk explaining the main results and recommendations of the paper.

Click below for full requirements and details on how to apply

SUNRAY Call for applications: PDF Version, Postscript Version

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Veteran Professor changed Makerere and Higher Education

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Professor Pancras John Mukasa Ssebuwufu (L) receives a plaque and citation from RUFORUM Board Member and Vice Chancellor Ndejje University-Professor Eriabu Lugujjo (Right) on 6th May 2021 at the RUFORUM Secretariat, Plot 155 Garden Hill, Makerere University Main Campus,

When Professor John Ssebuwufu ambled up to receive a certificate of recognition for his ‘exceptional’ contribution to higher education from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) at Makerere University (MU), he was thinking of many things, such as rewarding staff, that he could have done differently to impact university education more.

But he did what he could have done, under the circumstances.

He presided over MU (in 1993) when student enrolment was 5,000 and left in 2004 when the population was surging to more than 15,000.

He emphasised the use of information communication technologies in almost all the institutions he had been involved in and sent many academic staff on exchanges to boost research and innovation. Now, more African universities engage in ground-breaking research.

So, he proceeded to accept his recognition and make his acceptance speech, which was mostly about gratitude.

Ssebuwufu, 74, who is currently the chancellor at Kyambogo University and the vice-chancellor of the University of Kisubi, is credited for his exemplary leadership and pragmatic methods that have shaped higher education in Uganda and Africa as a whole.

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Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022

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Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022. Photo credit: AfDB

The Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program is a capacity building project by the AfDB and Japan which was initiated in 2017 with the aim of providing two-year scholarship awards to highly achieving African graduate students to enable them to undergo post-graduate studies (i.e. a two-year Master’s degree program) in selected priority development areas on the continent and Japan. The overarching goal the AfDB and the Government of Japan seek to attain is to enhance skills and human resources development in Africa in under the Bank’s High 5s agenda (i.e. “Feed Africa”, “Light up Africa”, “Industrialize Africa”, “Integrate Africa” and “Improve the quality of life of the people of Africa”) and key Japanese development assistance initiatives. JADS core areas of study focus include energy, agriculture, health, environmental sustainability, and engineering. The program also seeks to promote inter-university collaboration and university-industry partnerships between Japan and Africa. Upon completion of their studies, the JADS scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills in the public and private sectors, and contribute to national and continental socio-economic development.

About the JADS program

The JADS Program is open to applicants from AfDB member countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a graduate degree program in energy development and related discipline.  The program does not provide scholarships to any other graduate degree program.

The scholarship program provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance.

Upon completion of their studies, the beneficiary scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills, and contribute to the promotion of sustainable development of their countries.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

The program is open to those who have gained admission to an approved Masters degree course at a Japanese partner university. Candidates should be 35 years old or younger; in good health; with a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in the energy area or related area; and have a superior academic record. Upon completion of their study programs, scholars are expected to return to their home country to contribute to its economic and social development.

Application Procedures

  1. Applicant requests for information and application forms and procedures from the chosen JADS partner university. For any inquiries, please contact JADS@AFDB.ORG
  2. Applicant completes required documents and sends them to the university.
  3. University evaluates and selects applicants.
  4. University sends selected candidates to the AfDB.
  5. AfDB reviews submissions from universities, prepares and approves the final list.
  6. AfDB contacts selected awardees, and informs the universities.

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WHS Regional Meeting Africa 2021: Finance Chairperson’s Update

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Prof. Tonny J. Oyana, Finance Chairperson, World Health Summit Regional Meeting Africa, June 2021.

SOPs: Our plan is to have 200 sets of people in different spacious rooms…

Prof. Tonny j. oyana, finance chairperson whs regional meeting africa

We are sincerely grateful to our sponsors…

Over 15 core sponsors…

Sessions: 60% Virtual, 40% Onsite…

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