The Development Research Up-take in Sub-Saharan Africa (DRUSSA) Program is committed to strengthening research uptake capacity and participation in the international development research system in 24 sub-Saharan universities across 12 countries. The goal is to improve accessibility and utilization of locally relevant research evidence to inform national and global development policy and practice. DRUSSA also works towards strengthening the capacity of policy makers in Uganda and Ghana to use research evidence. The programme is hosted by Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST) and the Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC).
DRUSSA programme is offering policy fellowship opportunities to early career researchers that are based in Ugandan Universities. A series of Policy Fellowships for an academic placement within one of the three government ministries in Uganda have been made available. The participating Ministries are:
· Ministry of Education and Sports
· Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries
· Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development
The Fellows will work closely with policy makers within one of the participating ministries to facilitate the inclusion of academic research in policy development, and to contribute to the fostering of stronger links between academia and consumers of research within government. The Fellowships will fund six months’ salary for the academic (with an option of 12months half-time or 6months full-time), as well as accommodation and travel costs for temporary re-location to Kampala, if required. The Fellowship programme is part of a broader suite of new activities being undertaken by DRUSSA to strengthen the capacity of policy makers in Ghana and Uganda to use research evidence and foster greater collaboration with researchers. The programme will seek to raise the level of discussion around research evidence at senior ministry levels, equip technical staff with practical skills and support senior civil servants as they begin to encourage a culture of evidence-informed approaches to policy making and policy implementation. The policy fellows will be central to ensuring the success of the programme.
We invite applications from academics with expertise appropriate to one of the ministries’ areas of policy interest, to take up Fellowships as early as January 2015. Applicants should have completed a doctoral degree, have a minimum of three years academic experience and, ideally, should have experience engaging with policy making institutions.
Applications should include curriculum vitae, with at least three professional references and should be sent by 15th October, 2014 to:
The Executive Secretary,
Uganda National Council for Science and Technology;
Plot 6, Kimera Road, Ntinda;
P.O. Box 6884 Kampala-Uganda;
Telephone +256-414-705500; firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Successful Ph.D. Defense by Vianney Andrew Yiga
The CEDAT community is proud to share our congratulations to Vianney Andrew Yiga following his successful Ph.D. defense that happened yesterday Monday 3rd October 2022 at the College of Engineering, Design, Art, and Technology (CEDAT).
His Thesis was titled; Thermal Stability of Fiber- Reinforced Polylactic Acid Composites for Flameretarded Applications.
The candidate was supervised by Eng. Dr. Michael Lubwama and Eng. Dr. Peter W. Olupot both from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, at CEDAT.
Dr. John Wasswa, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences (CONAS), Makerere University was the opponent that interrogated the candidate to enable a clear understanding of the study.
Makerere University Launches National Parenting Draft Manual
By Agnes Namaganda
On July 22nd 2022, Makerere University–Child Health and Development Centre (Mak–CHDC) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 – email@example.com
Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals
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:
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
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