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Board Inauguration set to take FSF to New Heights



The renowned Makerere University Main Hall was filled to capacity as distinguished guests joined the Makerere University Female Scholarship Foundation (FSF) at a colourful gala dinner on Saturday 3rd December 2011 to witness the inauguration of the

The renowned Makerere University Main Hall was filled to capacity as distinguished guests joined the Makerere University Female Scholarship Foundation (FSF) at a colourful gala dinner on Saturday 3rd December 2011 to witness the inauguration of the

Board of Trustees and the launch of the Carnegie Corporation of New York US $1million matching grant, to support the Foundation from 2011 to 2014.

The Nnabagereka of Buganda Her Royal Highness Sylvia Nagginda Luswata, Patron of the Makerere University Female Scholarship Foundation (FSF)The Nnabagereka (Queen) of Buganda, Her Royal Highness Sylvia Nagginda Luswata, is the Patron of the  Female Scholarship Foundation (FSF) and a strong advocate for the train a woman, train a nation adage. The Nnabagereka who is exceedingly passionate about her role as Patron, visited Makerere University on 21st October 2011 and donated 15 computers to the Gender Mainstreaming Directorate, aimed at increasing access to learning and ICT facilities for the FSF beneficiaries.

The Chancellor Prof Mondo Kagonyera (R) adorns Dr. Charles Mbire with the Makerere University Stoll during the Board of Trustees InaugurationAt the dinner that evening, the Chancellor of Makerere University Professor George Mondo Kagonyera evoking the power of authority entrusted to him inaugurated the Board of Trustees comprising eminent personalities with a wealth of experience needed to take the foundation to a higher level. The cheerful Chancellor then proceeded to adorn each member with the Makerere University Stoll, as a symbol of their inauguration and commission to undertake this noble task.

Dr. William S. Kalema is the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the FSF. The members of the Board include: Dr. Thelma Awori, Dr. Katherine Namuddu, Professor Venansius Baryamureeba, Dr. Alex Coutinho, Professor Catherine Odora Hoppers, Ms Diana L. Ofwona, Dr. Charles Mbire, Mr. Ali Mufuriki, Professor Ruth Mukama and Mr. Alfred M. Namoah. Ms. Catherine Kanabahita is the Secretary to the Board of Trustees.

Dr. William Kalema, Chairman Board of Trustees, Makerere University Female Scholarship Foundation (FSF)Giving his acceptance speech, The Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, Dr. William S. Kalema informed the audience that he was honoured and pleased to serve on this board. “We take this responsibility to promote bright, but disadvantaged girls humbly and seriously. We have here an African team from Tanzania, Kenya, Liberia and Uganda. We are ready to commit our time and resources to volunteer our services to the Female Scholarship Foundation,” remarked Dr. Kalema, on behalf of the Board.

As the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees for the next three years (2011-2014), Dr. William Kalema pledged to ensure that the Foundation is run efficiently and effectively. He added that the Board would focus on increasing enrolment, retention and improving the academic performance of female students at Makerere University with specific emphasis on sciences, and giving priority to applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds and under-represented geographical areas in Uganda.

Ms. Catherind Kanabahita, Director, Gender Mainstreaming Directorate (GMD) and Secretary to the Board of Trustees Makerere University Female Scholarship Foundation (FSF)The Makerere University Female Scholarship Foundation (FSF) was launched on 20th November 2010 to sustain the Female Scholarship Initiative (FSI) which had supported 691 girls from disadvantaged social-economic backgrounds to access university education.

Ms. Catherine Kanabahita, Director, Gender Mainstreaming Directorate, said the Female Scholarship Foundation (FSF) was an effort to consolidate the gains made during the ten-year Carnegie Corporation of New York’s support to the Female Scholarship Initiative (FSI), and to continue addressing the increasing gender and equity needs in access into higher education.

 Ms. Kanabahita recognized the presence of Rt. Hon. Professor Apolo Nsibambi, a distinguished alumnus L-R Eng. Dr. Charles Wana Etyem, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, Rt. Hon. Prof. Apolo Nsibambi, Dr. William S. Kalema, and Dr. Thelma Awori at the FSF Dinner 3rd December 2011, Makerere University Main Halland first Non-Head-of-State Chancellor of Makerere University, who as the former Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda launched the Female Scholarship Foundation (FSF) in November 2010. She further applauded Prof. Nsibambi’s support as Prime Minister, which has facilitated the Foundation's growth over the year, leading up to the inauguration of the Board of Trustees on Saturday 3rd December 2011. Ms. Kanabahita also commended the Chairperson of the Makerere University Council, Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem for hosting the gala dinner, which also marked the Launch of the matching grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to support the FSF.

Prof. B. Baryamureeba receives his inauguration plaque from the Chancellor Prof. Mondo Kagonyera (R) at the gala dinner. The Acting Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Professor Venansius Baryamureeba, as he traversed the country had observed that the dire poverty levels especially in Northern Uganda, were a great impediment to the girl-child making it to Makerere University, unless someone lent them a helping hand. “As we gather here this evening, I speak with the renewed hope of a man who has seen the light at the end of the tunnel for the University education of the disadvantaged Girl-Child,” added Professor Baryamureeba.

Professor Baryamureeba commended the University administration for providing tuition waivers that have benefited 20 female students in the last two consecutive academic years. He also thanked the Carnegie Corporation of New York for sowing the seed, which has benefited 691 girls for the last ten years, and their continued support to provide a matching grant to Makerere University to support FSF from 2011 to 2014.

Rt. Hon. Kadaga (2nd L) hands over a scholarship to one of the 2011/2012 academic year beneficiaries at the dinnerProfessor Baryamureeba informed the audience that FSF had laid fundraising strategies to enable as many poor and disadvantaged female students as possible, to access University education.

The strategies include: Setting up an endowment fund using corporate donations, donations from foundations, donations from government, individual donations; setting up named institutional scholarships in the names of those that have either made great contributions or sacrifices or are role models for the girl child; and allowing individuals to sponsor scholarships upfront.

The Guest of Honour at the gala dinner, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of Parliament of Uganda Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, Speaker of the Uganda Parliament was the Guest of Honour at the gala dinner, 3rd Dec 2011, Makerere University Main Hallofficiated at the hand-over of scholarship certificates to 26 beneficiaries under the Female Scholarship Foundation (FSF) for the Academic year 2011/2012.

Rt. Hon. Kadaga requested the innovative Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Professor Venansius Baryamureeba to improve the facilities of the female students including re-visiting the aspects of their accommodation and learning facilities. She also appealed to the University Administration to explore the possibility of Female Alumni of Makerere University setting up a Fund to support the women in rural areas.

Prof. Peter Anyang' Nyong'o, Makerere University Alumnus, MP and Minister of Medical Services, Government of Kenya, gave a keynote address at the Dinner, 3rd December 2011, Makerere University Main HallFocusing on President Julius K. Nyerere’s Equality Call for the Liberation of women, The keynote Speaker at the dinner, Professor Peter Anyang’ Nyongo’, a distinguished alumnus of Makerere University, and Minister of Medical services in the Republic of Kenya reiterated his call for a cultural revolution aimed at ending the servitude of life givers. “The struggle to liberate women should be a social issue, not only left to women’s movements. We also need more men on board to promote the cultural revolution,” emphasized Professor Anyang’ Nyongo.’

Professor Anyang’ Nyongo’ appealed to the most recent beneficiaries FSF to demonstrate that they indeed deserved this scholarship by concentrating on their Mr. Juma Kisaame, MD, Dfcu Bank, announces the Bank's contribution to the Makerere University Female Scholarship Foundation (FSF)studies and excelling in all aspects of life.

Dfcu Bank, who graciously sponsored the evening’s gala dinner pledged to continue supporting the activities of the Female Scholarship Foundation (FSF). “We shall contribute 10 million shillings per year to FSF. We shall also offer internships to students sponsored under the FSF,” announced Mr. Juma Kisaame, The Bank’s Managing Director.


Ms. Phoebe Tucungwire gives her testimony on how FSi changed her life


Ms Pheobe Tucungwire, an FSI alumna who graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, touched the guest’s hearts during her testimony when she announced that had been making monthly contributions to the Foundation. Emphasing the role of Giving Back, Ms Tucungwire said: “After you have benefited from the FSF, you have the firm belief that no matter how little you earn, the little you give will count a mile in someone’s life.”




Ritah Namisango, Public Relations Office, Makerere University

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Veteran Professor changed Makerere and Higher Education



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



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



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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