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WBI-E-Institute: E-Learning Course on Social Accountability

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Social accountability is an approach to governance by which citizens, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and other non-state actors hold government and services providers accountable for their performance. While implemented at
different stages of the public financial management cycle, Social Accountability Tools enable civil society practitioners the knowledge to generate demand for and ultimately improve governance at the local,
regional, and national levels.

 The World Bank Institute (WBI) is offering an e-learning course on Social Accountability Tools for the Africa Region, which focuses on the  how-to  of social accountability by introducing some of the most commonly-used tools.
This online course aims to build practitioners  awareness of the wide range of existing social accountability tools and to enhance their capacity to design, implement and manage social accountability interventions in their
unique local and national context.  This course will be hosted online through the e-Institute platformfrom June 15-July 30, 2012.

The course is organized into four modules that present the key concepts and provide opportunities to apply and discuss SA tools that have been used by practitioners around the globe.
* Module 1: Budget Work;
* Module 2: Participatory Budgeting;
* Module 3: Participatory Public Expenditure Tracking Surveys (PETS);
*  Module 4: Performance Monitoring (includes Citizen Report Cards, Community Scorecards, Social Audits, Procurement Monitoring, and others).

The program will include 40 hours of on-line instruction distributed over 10 weeks, requiring a dedication of approximately 6-9 hours per week by each participant. International expert practitioners will provide on-line
facilitation for each module, and real-life success stories are utilized to illustrate the selected tools. These expert facilitators will be available to respond to participant queries on a daily basis. Additionally, a time will be set for the facilitators to interact online with participants and answer questions over Skype etc.

The medium of instruction is English. Participants from Francophone and Lusophone Africa are welcome to participate. At present, French and Portuguese speakers with sufficient command of English are encouraged to
enroll in this the course. WBI is working on producing the course in French, but please note that this will not be available until a future date.

The e-learning course is free of charge and participants completing the on-line instruction will be awarded with a certificate extended by WBI.

Target Audience: Civil Society Practitioners in Africa that have a general knowledge/specific background on social accountability and are ready to learn more about specific tools and their implementation. Other interested
individuals that focus their work in social accountability in Africa.

Dates: June 15   July 30, 2012

Course format: 40 hours of facilitated on-line instruction distributed over 10 weeks. A certificate will be awarded by WBI upon completion.

Contact: Ms. Carolina Vaira at WBI (cvaira@worldbank.org <mailto:cvaira@worldbank.org> )
Participant Selection for e-Learning Course on Social Accountability

Participant Profile:
The course will target Social Accountability practitioners in the Africa Region who meet the criteria described below:
– CSOs, NGOs and other organizations with high credibility at the regional and national level
– Junior/Middle level members/officials of CSOs/NGOs that have past/present work experience in Social Accountability
– Members of CSOs/NGOs that are already working with the World Bank through different projects and initiatives
– Individuals with established credentials as community organizers and trainers that are seeking knowledge on Social Accountability tools
– Finally, the course will welcome Government Representatives working at the local and national level that have expressed great interest in Social Accountability training and who require this knowledge to inform their
current work with civil society in their own countries.

Participants will be asked to send a short statement on their current work, responsibilities, reason for applying, and expectations for the course: The team members will do a pre-selection of candidates who will be invited to
participate in the e-learning course.

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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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