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Mak-Sida Meeting Closes-Calls for Research Comm Strategy

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The Annual Review Meeting between Makerere University and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) came to a close on 27th November 2013 with a call for more efficiency ahead of the Sida Phase IV funding.  The well attended wrap-up session in the Main Library attracted participants from Makerere, Kyambogo and Busitema Public Universities, who sought clarification on the nature of the much-anticipated Phase IV Sida funding.

In reference to the Science day held at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Bio-Security (CoVAB) on 19th November 2013, the Sida Desk Officer, Dr. Katri Pohjolainen, noted that Makerere University produces a lot of new knowledge in science which should not go to waste. “We need to improve how to use these results to crystallize policy implementation. We are eagerly waiting for a Research and Innovations Communication Strategy from you,” she said.

Assoc. Prof. George Nasinyama of the Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DRGT) explained that the Research and Innovations Communication Strategy had reached procurement stage and the formulation process would soon get underway. Dr. Pohjolainen also urged all students and their supervisors, both in Uganda and Sweden, to expeditiously finish their research projects and graduate. “I urge all students and supervisors to set new targets and finish within the project period. Lets us start 2015 with a whole new lot of students,” she encouraged.

The Head of Development Cooperation at the Swedish Embassy, Ms. Susanne Spets, pointed out that the Swedish Government is preparing a new strategy for the bilateral development cooperation with Uganda. She explained that a proposal highlighting the results to be achieved by Sida, will be approved by the second quarter of 2014. “The proposal contains result areas of Child and maternal mortality (sexual and reproductive health and rights); Participation, accountability and non-discrimination; Growth and employment,” she said.

These broad areas include themes like Child and maternal health, social protection, gender related violence, Human Rights, democracy, access to justice, and a strengthened civil society. “For the last 3 -4 months, we’ve been looking at what kind of results to expect from Uganda and other partners too. We want to mainstream Gender-related violence; Private sector development, trade, employment (with focus on youth and women), mobilization of resources (taxes, revenue from extractive industries and agriculture), public financial management and anti-corruption,” she added.

Sida will also pay attention to innovation and innovation systems and will seek partnership with Government institutions, the private sector, civil society, and multilateral agencies. In particular the private sector will be given importance to achieve long-term and sustainable results that go beyond aid. Aid financing will thus be used to complement other resources as opposed to replacing them.

The Director Research and Graduate Training (RGT), Prof. Mukadasi Buyinza, appreciated Sida for the continued support and pledged maximum utilization of the funds. “The Mak-Sida bilateral collaboration has given us enough fruit. We’ve been able to build capacity, developed a research-agenda to feed into the national focus and highly enhanced our research culture, among many other benefits. We look forward to the next funding for more output,” he said.

Beneficiaries were advised to consider applying for resident permits to allow them uninterrupted periods of study in Sweden. The wrap-up session allowed all beneficiaries to share past experiences. The Phase IV Sida funding will run from 2015 -2020.
 

 

Article by Marion Alina, Public Relations Office

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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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