e-Capacities is an online marketplace (https://e-capacities.com/#/home) for the supply and demand of capacities in strategic human capital formation. The platform provides a real-time review of the levels of capacity and demand in each participating country and dynamically estimates the capacity gaps for use in priority setting and targeting of investments. eCapacities connects training providers, workplaces and graduates and allows them to interact with each other in contextualised and mutually beneficial ways. e-Capacities is a platform that tracks and reports on the supply and demand of skills and competencies in the agricultural sector in order to identify the gaps and the needs for support and investment in:
- Capacity strengthening
- Assisting employers with identifying and recruiting people with relevant skills
- Helping guide career path planning
- Facilitating graduate tracking and managing Alumni
The e-Capacities platform is operated by the Capacity Development Joint Action Group (CD-JAG) – a community of practice for learning, monitoring and joint action for institutional change in Africa. The platform targets:
• Capacity Supply side organisations i.e. public and private tertiary agricultural education and training institutes such as Universities, Colleges, Vocational institutions as well as other training providers, extension agents and input suppliers. e-capacities will help supply side organisations to:
- Monitor the industry demand for specific agricultural skills in order to inform curriculum review and new course design
- Track graduates, and report on their employment trends
- Mobilize support to upgrade training capacity to better address identified shortages
- Promote knowledge products, i.e. innovations, patents and publication
• Capacity Demand side organisations i.e. employers of graduates from the tertiary education and training institutes including Government, Private sector and Agribusiness organisations, agricultural research institutes, Non-governmental organisations as well as farmer based organisations. The benefits to demand side organisations include:
- Recording the requirements for specific agricultural competencies within the organisation
- Accessing profiles of graduates with relevant skills
- Reviewing the knowledge products uploaded by the providers
- Documenting the needs / problems experienced within the organisation, which will help, guide the kinds of research being undertaken
- Identifying providers to facilitate in-house lifelong learning
Students registered on eCapacities will:
- Identify career paths based on market demand for specific skills
- Access work opportunities
- Connect with mentors and peers to promote career progression and personal growth
• Development Partners
The platform will help DPs to:
- Targeted capacity strengthening support based on identified needs and gaps
- Monitor the impact of investments
Incase you need support to register and populate the eCapacities database contact Richard Batte (firstname.lastname@example.org) and all correspondences should be copied to Dr. Irene Annor-Frempong (email@example.com
Veteran Professor changed Makerere and Higher Education
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.
Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022
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.
- Applicant requests for information and application forms and procedures from the chosen JADS partner university. For any inquiries, please contact JADS@AFDB.ORG
- Applicant completes required documents and sends them to the university.
- University evaluates and selects applicants.
- University sends selected candidates to the AfDB.
- AfDB reviews submissions from universities, prepares and approves the final list.
- AfDB contacts selected awardees, and informs the universities.
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