This year, the second annual technical convening TechCon2014, held from November 8th-10th, 2014 in the Bay Area, California, showcased more than 40 innovations emerging from USAID’s Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN) Development Labs and partners. TechCon2014 was proudly hosted by the University of California, Berkeley in the United States of America. TechCon2014 offered a variety of both group and one on one discussions, networking opportunities, conference sessions, and talks by leading voices in development. Additionally, TechCon2014 uniquely convened researchers, students, entrepreneurs, innovators, field practitioners and private/public sector professionals focused on creative approaches to solution ideation, testing, and scaling for international development.
Eight university-based labs comprising USAID’s HESN participated in this technical convening. These included the following;
- University of California, Berkeley’s Development Impact Lab
- Duke University’s Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator
- MIT’s International Development Innovation Network
- MIT’s Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation
- College of William and Mary’s AidData Center for Development Policy
- Texas A&M University’s Conflict and Development
- Michigan State University’s Global Center for Food Systems Innovation
- Makerere University’s ResilientAfrica Network (RAN), based in Uganda
The climax of TechCon2014 was an Innovation Marketplace to showcase innovations. Eight teams of innovators from Makerere University’s ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) including Cost effective and efficient phototherapy units, ‘Dduka’ Landslide Early Warning System, The Asthma Grid, Grain Amaranth: from Vegetable to Health Solution, Hydroponic Fodder Production for Livestock, K-Free: Early Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Unearthing the potential of earthworm domestication and the Ethio-Manual Oxygen Backup device (EMOBD) participated in the technical convening Innovation Marketplace. This was concluded with one young innovator being crowned the top winner through a Shark Tank style competition.
In the Innovation Marketplace, each participant received $1000 Development Dollars that was to be used to vote for one’s favorite project or projects. It was entirely up to the participant to decide on how best to use these Development Dollars to support the ideas and projects in the Innovation Marketplace; you could invest all the dollars in one project, split your money between ten projects or invest at levels somewhere in between. The Development Dollars were later counted and the top nine teams in which Makerere University’s Hydroponic Fodder Production for Livestock a project from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Bio-Security also emerged, proceeded to the next round-the Technical Review Panel. It was exciting to witness Makerere University Resilient Africa Network (RAN) including Hemafuse: Auto transfusion for Internal Hemorrhages and Purdue:
The Makerere University team was led by Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Makerere University Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Finance and Administration and RAN Patron. While interacting with the student innovators, he commented “Young men and women, our future is in your hands, Innovations is the way to go and Makerere University has been committed to supporting and nurturing innovations since 1922, the ball is in your courts to make use of all the available opportunities to develop solutions to African communities’ most pressing challenges”. Prof. David Serwadda, RAN Technical Advisor, the Resilience Innovation Lab (RILab) Directors (Eastern Africa, West Africa, Horn of Africa and Southern Africa RILabs) and faculty were part of this team in support of innovations as solutions to development challenges.
The TechCon2014 sponsors including VENTUREWELL, the Lemelson foundation-improving lives through invention, World Vision, the Development Impact Lab and the Higher Education Solutions Network cannot go without mention. Thank you for the commitment to accelerating Global Development.
Article by ResilientAfrica Network (RAN)
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
Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise
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.
(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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