Makerere University School of Public Health – Resilient Africa Network (RAN) in collaboration with AidData Center for Development Policy (AidData – USA); Partner Development Lab under the Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN) is pleased to invite you to the Fourth Annual GIS Hackathon that will take place on Friday, 28th July 2017 from 8:00am – 6:00pm at the RAN Innovation Lab (Plot 28 Upper Kololo Terrace opposite Kololo Airstrip in Kampala Uganda).
More than half of the world’s population now live in urban areas. Kampala currently has a population of 1.5 million (night population). As more and more people move to Kampala and other cities in Uganda resources, infrastructure and services are stretched beyond capacity. According to SDG 11 making cities safe and sustainable means ensuring access to safe and affordable housing, and upgrading slum settlements. It also involves investment in public transport and other public services, creating green public spaces, and improving urban planning and management in a way that is both participatory and inclusive. The year’s theme for the RAN-AidData Hackathon- “Hack4TheCity” is based on SDG 11, which looks at making cities and human settlements Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable.
Participants will form teams of 5 individuals who will compete to create web and mobile applications, web maps, GIS apps, or static maps to address a specific challenge with a concentration on the use of spatial visualization and analysis.
Sub Theme 1: Management of infrastructure in urban spaces
According to the UN, more than half of the world’s population now live in urban areas. By 2050, that figure will have risen to 6.5 billion people – two-thirds of all humanity. Sustainable development cannot be achieved without significantly transforming the way we build and manage our cities. This theme seeks to address the emerging/new infrastructure (housing, roads) as well as the managing or upgrading the existing infrastructure.
Sub Theme 2: Enhancing service delivery in urban spaces
The increasing population in urban areas has resulted into an increased burden on the existing services and has also reduced access to the same. This theme seeks to identify innovative ways to enhance service delivery in urban areas. These services might include waste management, improved health services (access and delivery), fire prevention, rescue services and education, among others.
Who can participate?
ALL disciplines are eligible to participate, as RAN adopts and promotes a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving. Relevant experience is highly appreciated including (but not limited to) GIS mapping, software development, young innovators/entrepreneurs, recent graduates and students.
Shortlisted participants shall not exceed more than 35 (equivalent to 7 teams).
The winning team in first place will receive $250, the second team $150 and the team in third place will receive $100 as support towards further developing these ideas for the benefit of those in need. The judges will represent several organizations, including RAN, Makerere University and AidData. Please do not miss yet another exciting coding session with other GIS enthusiasts!
Apply here before Wednesday 26th July,2017
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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