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School of Women and Gender Studies Receives DGF Grant to Implement Gender Equality Project



The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, signed a Partnership Agreement with the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF), Monday April 23, alongside Mr. Wim Stoffers, Head of the DGF. The partnership is for the implementation of a Gender Equality Project (GEP) implemented by the School of Women and Gender Studies (SWGS).

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe promised to keep to the terms of agreement, to ensure the project delivers to the standard of DGF and Makerere University.Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe(L) shake hands with Mr. Wim Stoffers - Head of Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) after signing the Partnership Agreement

The project aims at contributing towards upholding gender equality legislation in Uganda through (a) conducting research that informs improvement in gender equality laws and policies; (b) strengthening the capacity of civil society actors to propose and advocate for holistic gender equality laws and policies, and (c) engaging communities to participate in the discourse on gender related legislative reform.

Uganda has several local and international commitments to gender equality, however, the failure to uphold pro-gender equality legislation is manifest in the socio-economic and political landscape which is underlined by high degrees of inequality of rights, voices and opportunities among diverse social groups. Several gender equality actors still view gender as limited to the differences between women and men. This has resulted in less inclusive gender equality laws and policies. Principal Investigator and Dean School of Women and Gender Studies, Assoc. Prof. Sarah Ssali signed as a witness.Through a combination of research, knowledge transfer, capacity building and community engagement measures, the GEP will impact on Uganda’s gender equality landscape through: a) research outputs that provide information on what works and what is not working in existing gender equality laws and policies b) strengthened capacity of civil society actors to propose and advocate for holistic gender equality laws and policies and to track results and c) an aggregation of the voices of marginalised groups and presenting them in the gender equality legislative reform discourse.

The GEP will further Makerere University strategy through:

  1. Enabling Makerere University to research and foster a holistic appreciation of gender among stakeholders;
  2. Generating knowledge from research to inform continuous revision and update of gender curricula within the university;
  3. Enabling Makerere University to contribute towards capacity building for gender equality stakeholders and network with them as part of the university’s commitment to community outreach and knowledge transfer partnerships.

The project will be implemented in all 4 major regions of Uganda. 20 districts: Central region: Masaka, Kiboga, Kampala, Wakiso, Mukono; Eastern region: Bugiri, Jinja, Mbale, Soroti, Busia; Northern Region: Arua, Gulu, Lira, Apac, Adjumani; Western region: Hoima, Kabalore, Kasese, Rubanda, Mbarara.

Assoc. Prof. Sarah Ssali, DEAN, SWGS
Principal Investigator/Head of the Project


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4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors



URBRA’s Mrs. Ritah Nansasi Wasswa (2nd L) assisted by Ag. University Secretary-Mr. Yusuf Kiranda (L) hands over a plaque of recognition to Outgoing Trustee-Ms. Dorothy Nannozi Kabanda (2nd R) as Incoming Trustee-Ms. Franco Angida Mugyema (R) applauds during the MURBS Board Handover on 26th March 2021.

In February 2018, the Makerere University Retirement Benefits Scheme (MURBS) launched the Departmental Ambassadors Programme. MURBS hopes to use this Ambassadors Programme to engage more directly with its membership and enhance member education. MURBS further perceives this Programme as a means to mitigate succession planning risks.

MURBS Fund Value continues to grow, and as at 31st March 2021, it stood at Ushs 235.5bn as compared to Ushs 209.6bn as at 30th June 2020. Given this growth, there is increased need for prospective Trustees, who are well equipped with relevant knowledge and skills, and with practical exposure to the management and governance of MURBS.


  1. Must be employed by the University on permanent terms
  2. Must be an Active Member of the Scheme (currently contributing to the Scheme) and appear on the Official Register of the MURBS Active Membership as at 30th April 2021.
  3. Must be willing to commit time to trainings and other ambassadorial activities organised by the Scheme.

Mode of training for 4th Cohort of Ambassadors

Training for this (4th) Cohort of Ambassadors is envisaged to be conducted over the zoom online platform only, due to Covid-19 restrictions. The Scheme does not envisage any face-to-face interactions.

Tenure of Office & Termination or Withdrawal

There is no tenure of office for the Departmental Ambassador. As long as a member is willing to continue serving as an Ambassador, and the Ambassador continues to satisfy the eligibility criteria above, she or he will remain a MURBS Ambassador.

How to Apply

Interested members should complete the MURBS Departmental Ambassador Application Form 01-0218. The completed Form together with the requested attachments should be sent to info[at] and copy to wilber.naigambi[at] no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 14th June 2021. We discourage hand delivery of applications.

Confirmation/Approval Process

MURBS shall acknowledge receipt of each application received within 12 hours and will respond to the applicants to confirm the status of their application in writing (by e-mail). Upon approval of the application, the name of the approved Ambassador together with the Department and School/Unit will be updated on the list of the MURBS Departmental Ambassadors in the Group 4 category and published on the MURBS website.

NOTE: There is no limit as to the number of ambassadors that MURBS can have in a department.

Please see Downloads for the detailed call and application form.

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Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University



An older photo of the Main Building, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda as seen from across the Freedom Square. Date taken: 22nd October 2012.

7th June 2021

All Members of Staff
All Students and Stakeholders
Makerere University


Following the address to the Nation by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda, on 6th June 2021, this is to inform you that the University will be closed with effect from today 7th June 2021 for 42days.

During the closure, the University shall observe a 30% physical presence of staff while other faculty and administrative staff shall continue to work online.

Management will inform staff and students on the implementation of teaching, learning, and research activities online. Construction activities shall continue as per the President’s directives and with strict adherence to the COVID-19 SOPs.

Yours sincerely,

Lorna Magara (Mrs.)
Chairperson, Makerere University Council

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RUFORUM: Transforming Higher Education Videos and Links



Delegates brainstorm during the 15th RUFORUM AGM held at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in Ghana from 2-6 December, 2019. Photo credit: RUFORUM

Video Series developed by Julieta Mazzola, EARTH University.


  1. What is Community Engagement?  Video 1 of 3.
  2. Different Forms of University Engagement with the Community. Video 2 of 3.
  3. Student learning through Community Engagement. Video 3 of 3.

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