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Daad Alumni Seminar On: Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment And Adaptive Capacity Of Bududa Landslides

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Background

Uganda especially in the Albertine in the west, Teso and Mt Elgon in the east are prone to climate vulnerability characterized by recurrent landslides and floods that have fatal results like the destruction of crops, destruction of residential areas including loss of lives. In October, over 200 lives and property were lost, following a landslide that occurred in 2010 (Kitutu, 2010).

The DAAD Alumni seminar scheduled for May 27th-1st June 2019 aims to work together with the local communities and district stakeholders to understand the key drivers of vulnerability and adaptive capacity of the Bududa communities to climate shocks and stresses.

Objectives

The objectives of the seminar are to;

  • support the thematic exchange and the networking and cooperation both among the alumni and with scientific, political, social, cultural, and economic institutions in the country and region.
  • together with the local community, district stakeholders engage in deliberate polling to come up with copying and adaptive sustainable measures that will increase community resilience to climate variability within identified hot spots areas.
  • extend and actively contributing to the alumni's competencies for meeting global challenges and promote the relationship of alumni with the DAAD and Germany.
  • create awareness on how to mitigate the climate shocks and stresses (landslides).
  • build capacity to appreciate the economic value of ecologic functioning of watersheds and support the sharing of experiences with the next generation of scholarship holders.
Profile of Participants

Eligible for participation are persons, who meet the following requirements:

  • DAAD alumni from East and Northeast African countries that have received a scholarship from DAAD for a period of at least 3 months. This might have been for study programmes in Germany or In-Country/In-Region programmes has to be proven.
  • Residencies from the most landslide prone sub-counties in Bududa (Bubita, Bududa, Bulucheke and Bushika areas) and Manafwa district.
  • Development partners from within the district, implementing restoration projects, and cultural leaders
Cost Coverage:

The project covers costs for:

  • Return flights (economy) or bus travel to Kampala / Uganda against receipt of the actual cost. Please provide tickets and boarding pass upon arrival
  • Accommodation and part of living expenses for the period of the seminar
  • Bus travel is included in the seminar excursion (from Kampala to Mbale District and back to Kampala)
  • Visa costs against receipt
  • Working material during the seminar
  • Health insurance has to be organized individually.

Note: All other costs, such as transport costs from participants´ home to the airport or travel cost for visa application in the home country have to be borne by the participants

For any further questions please contact the organization team via:

Prof. Majaliwa J.G.M
majaliwam@gmail.com
Makerere University
phone +256782428260
 
Dr. Gabiri Geofrey
phone: +256701855414

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Veteran Professor changed Makerere and Higher Education

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Professor Pancras John Mukasa Ssebuwufu (L) receives a plaque and citation from RUFORUM Board Member and Vice Chancellor Ndejje University-Professor Eriabu Lugujjo (Right) on 6th May 2021 at the RUFORUM Secretariat, Plot 155 Garden Hill, Makerere University Main Campus,

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.

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Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022

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Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022. Photo credit: AfDB

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.

Application Procedures

  1. Applicant requests for information and application forms and procedures from the chosen JADS partner university. For any inquiries, please contact JADS@AFDB.ORG
  2. Applicant completes required documents and sends them to the university.
  3. University evaluates and selects applicants.
  4. University sends selected candidates to the AfDB.
  5. AfDB reviews submissions from universities, prepares and approves the final list.
  6. AfDB contacts selected awardees, and informs the universities.

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WHS Regional Meeting Africa 2021: Finance Chairperson’s Update

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Prof. Tonny J. Oyana, Finance Chairperson, World Health Summit Regional Meeting Africa, June 2021.

SOPs: Our plan is to have 200 sets of people in different spacious rooms…

Prof. Tonny j. oyana, finance chairperson whs regional meeting africa

We are sincerely grateful to our sponsors…

Over 15 core sponsors…

Sessions: 60% Virtual, 40% Onsite…

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