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Mak-IRCU Partnership to address food and income challenges among religious communities



On 16th May 2018, the Africa Institute for Strategic Animal Resource Services (AFRISA) under Makerere University College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Bio-Security, (CoVAB) together with the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) signed a Memorandum of understanding (MoU) to strengthen religious leaders’ engagements with their congregations in activities that are geared towards community transformation and national development.

The MoU was signed by Prof Barnarbas Nawangwe, the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University on behalf of AFRISA and H.E Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje, the Grand Mufti of Uganda and Chairperson, Council of Presidents- IRCU on behalf of IRCU. It initiated a vibrant partnership between the two institutions to implement the Household Economic Transformation Initiative (HETI), a vehicle through which religious leaders will mobilize, skill, encourage and mentor their congregations on how they can effectively address the challenges of food and income security at household level.

The MoU also stipulates the cordial working relationship between the two institutions for a wholistic human development, focusing on the area of livestock value chain development in order to stimulate growth and contribute to community transformation.

The objectives of the MoU are:

  • To establish and develop a sustainable Faith Communities-Public-Private-Partnership platform model for transformative skills, technology, and innovation and business development.
  • To develop, through faith leaders and their structures, a mentoring system (model) for youths, women and men groups, associations and cooperatives engaged in various agricultural value chains.
  • To strengthen faith advocacy strategy for profitable, safe and sustainable agricultural production systems, policies and laws, for the common good of Uganda.
  • To work together in establishing and promoting a wholistic transformative training model that promotes transfer of superior of skills, innovation, integrity and technology for agricultural and animal production, value addition and business development in communities.
  • To establish and develop an efficient and a sustainable fast tracking mechanism for mass training of clergy and households as the next generation of skilled commercial agricultural and livestock producers, processors and entrepreneurs along the diverse animal resource value chains.(L-R) Prof. John David Kabasa, Bishop Dr. Joshua Lwere, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, Sheik Shaban Mubaje, Apostle Charles Tumwine, Mr Joshua Kitakule- Secretary General IRCU, Dr Michael Kansime-Head, AFRISA Secretariat and Mr Henry Mwebe in a group photo before the MoU signing ceremony.

In a speech, His Eminence Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje acknowledged the partnership between Makerere University and the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda. He recognised the importance of the Household Economic Transformation Initiative, saying that the innovation has potential of lifting a critical mass of Ugandans at the grassroots out of poverty. “HETI will also empower members of our congregations to actively engage in production, agribusiness and wealth creation”. Our hope is to make agriculture an employment of choice for Ugandans, particularly the young generation searching for better livelihood”, he said.

He appreciated Makerere University and AFRISA for coming up with programmes that are practically addressing people’s needs “It is on this ground that the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda found it essential to partner with you. I pray that the dreams and aspirations of this partnership will be realised for the economic freedom of Ugandans now and the years to come,” he said.

“As religious leaders, while we are proud of our ability to mobilise Ugandans and keep them engaged over a long period through our structures, we do understand that we are not fully equipped with the requisite skills or resources to effectively undertake this initiative. We have therefore cited Makerere University as the potential partner,” said Bishop Joshua Lwere, General Overseer of the National Fellowship of Born again Pentecostal Churches of Uganda.

The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, welcomed the Chairperson, Council of Presidents- IRCU, the Grand Mufti of Uganda H.E Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje, Members of IRCU and esteemed religious leaders to Makerere University and he appreciated their interest in partnering with the institution to transform societies.

“We consider this MoU so important because it directly impacts people in communities. I am confident that we will succeed. Makerere University is the incubation centre of knowledge for the black people, it is Africa‘s research hub and recognised as the top black university in the whole world. With the IRCU, it is the beginning of changing lives in the country,” he stated.

The Vice Chancellor thanked religious leaders for the guidance and leadership that has enabled the country to live in peace and harmony. He thanked Prof. Kabasa and the team, for the vision to transform communities using the university’s knowledge and experience.

According to the Principal of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Bio-Security-Makerere University (CoVAB) who doubles as the Principal Investigator of AFRISA, Prof. John David Kabasa, the Household Economic Transformation Initiative (HETI) is a mobile training unit that is ready to take Makerere University to the community.

“It will enable the institution to provide the missing link between traditional and Morden ways of attaining skills. With HETI, the university is able to interact with the community in a formal setting with trainers and organised classes where knowledge is perforated to community members,” he said.

The meeting was also graced by Msgr. Charles Kasibante, the Vicar General of Kampala Archdiocese, Bishop Beston Herbert Buyondo, members from Uganda Episcopal Conference, the Secretary General of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council, members from the Born Again Faith in Uganda, representatives from Seventh Day Adventist Uganda Union, representatives from Church of Uganda, representatives from Uganda Orthodox Church, representatives from Uganda Muslim Supreme Council, representatives from the catholic church, representatives from the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda, Makerere University Central Management committee members, Members of Africa Institute for Strategic Animal Resource Services and IRCU Secretariat members.

Article by: Proscovia Nabatte and Pauline Angom, Public Relations Office

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Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals



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: 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise



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.


(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



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Uganda’s policymakers implored to address forest loss, plastic & water pollution



Left to Right: Prof. Gunnar Köhlin, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Amb. Maria Håkansson, Commissioner Julius Mafumbo and Prof. Edward Bbaale posing for a group photo before the opening ceremony on 22nd September 2022: Photo by EfD-Mak Centre.

The Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe on Thursday 22nd September, 2022 participated in the opening of the EfD Annual meeting hosted by Makerere University at Speke Resort Munyonyo where he appealed to government to implement the ban on kaveera and address other environmental issues.

The opening ceremony moderated by the EfD Global Hub Manager Gunnar Köhlin and was graced by Uganda’s Minister for Water and Environment represented by the Commissioner for Water, Mr. Julius Mafumbo and the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Maria Håkansson.

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