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Turkey Advises Africa on Principle of Equal Partnership and Mutual Benefit

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On 14th September 2015, Makerere University Peace and Conflict Studies Centre in conjunction with Istanbul Policy Centre (IPC), Sabanci University held a lively discussion inspired by Turkey’s positive attitude towards Africa’s development. Convening in the Makerere University Main Hall, Scholars from Istanbul Policy Centre led by The IPC Resolution and Mediation Stream Scholar Prof. Bulent Aras shared knowledge on how Turkey’s principle of “Equal partnership and mutual benefit” can be harnessed as the paramount approach to collaborations between Africa and other countries.

Driven by the captivating theme of the day: “Turkey’s Engagement in Africa’s Development”, Scholars drew the audience’s attention to the Turkey-Africa common values and interests which include; democratic governance, boasting young and promising population, economic potential and independence.

During the discussions Scholars pointed out that, African countries should focus on mutual support and independent development rather than dependency when collaborating with European countries. They also agreed that Africa should always look out for relationships which will develop her economically, socially and culturally.

According to Prof. Onur Sazak-IPC’s Research and Academic Affairs Manager, Turkey’s development perspectives for Africa are central to research and academic affairs. In his discussion on “The shifting Axes of International Aid: Are Traditional Donors from Mars, Emerging Powers from Venus?” Prof. Sazak said that, it is through the equal partnership and mutual benefit principle that Turkey has been able to assist Africa in academics by focusing on capacity building, social infrastructure development, training and constructing vocational schools.

He explained that Turkey’s role in the International Development Cooperation has gone through fundamental changes. To him, new economic dynamics and an increasing sense of responsibility for global peace and sustainable development has enabled Turkey to emerge as a new and dynamic player in the international development cooperation architecture.

“My observation tells me that the traditional donors follow a more aggressive approach. These different approaches are apparent and states have not been very happy about the number of countries coming in for global peace” he said.

He examined the different approaches to donations which among others, mentioned securitization of aid as one of the major global concern. Prof. Onur said that many African countries have fallen victims of the repercussions of the Aid given to them with strings attached.

 Focusing on Medical Humanitarianism of Turkey’s NGOs: the Case of Uganda; The IPC Resolution and Mediation Stream Scholar Prof. Bulent Aras, mentioned that the rapid growth and constructive involvement of Turkey’s Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Africa’s community affairs is heavily felt on the global arena. He believes that, the community outreach approach adopted by Turkish Humanitarian NGOs have led to fundamental changes in Africa’s health, infrastructural, academic and economic sectors.  

“In the research we carried out using Uganda as case study, we discovered that the growth and involvement of NGOs in African affairs is due to their ability to reach out to the community.  African countries have failed to reach their society in terms of needs and information creating a knowledge-information gap between the governments and its people. This has given the NGOs a go ahead and provided a supplementary role in public health, education and capacity building,” he said.

Prof. Bulent further noted that unlike the traditional humanitarian approach that deals with middlemen, Turkey’s Humanitarian Organisations deal directly with people in need.

Speaking about the limelight of Humanitarian NGOs in Turkey’s Peace Building and Africa’s experiences, the IPC Conflict Resolution, Mediation Stream Scholar Ms. Pınar Akpınar said that Turkey has established networks through its humanitarian assistance together with its emphasis on business development, that allow the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)   to follow up with peace building initiatives.

“The engagement of the Turkish NGOs in efforts to mediate among various conflict actors primarily emphasises their respect for local partners in finding home-grown solutions to their problems. These NGOs have been able to develop two models of peace building and these include militarization of aid and Humanitarianism” she explained.

 According to IPC Researcher Ms. Auween Woods, so many activities have been developed to promote peace and security in the war torn countries. In her presentation on “Turkey’s Approach to Peace Building and Africa’s Experience”, Ms .Woods shared that Turkish NGOs have been able to support the military crews during wars, promote capacity building, as well as engage in health, education and construction projects so as to build and maintain peace on the African continent.

“Through Military NGOs, Turkey has extended a service to war affected countries. The country has invested in orphanages like the Child Fund Orphanage in Uganda, awarded scholarships to students to study in Turkey and provided technical skills to African children,” she added.

Ms. Woods stressed that although the Turkish organisations have ensured sustainability, they still face challenges which have negatively impacted their existence. “Most Turkish NGOs face challenges in monitoring the aid since many of them have just been established. In addition to that, the organisations lack security since most of them are heavily dependent on volunteers when they are in filed,” she said.

Article by: Nabatte Proscovia

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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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