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2nd Kampala Geopolitics Conference: The Role of Africa in the Geopolitical Space

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The Second Kampala Geopolitics Conference was officially opened by the Ambassador of France to Uganda H.E Jules-Armand Aniambossou on 17th October 2019 in the Makerere University Main Hall.  The event, attracted professors, researchers, politicians, diplomats, journalists, activists and key leaders from various countries around world to engage in an interactive debate on contemporary local and international issues.

Charles Onyango-Obbo giving a  rich keynote address opened doors for a discussion on the critical role of Africa and its culture in the geopolitical space. Photo credit: KAS Uganda & S. Sudan

Charles Onyango-Obbo’s rich keynote address opened doors for a discussion on the critical role of Africa and its culture in the geopolitical space. He triggered the audience’s minds to understand Africa at the extreme sides of benefits and losses using the Kategaya Doctrine; Africa in the world and the world in Africa.  

According to Onyango-Obbo, Africa has a place in geopolitics defined by its natural resources and culture. Citing the Great Green Wall as one of Africa’s biggest contribution to the world, the legendary journalist said, “We are not as helpless as we seem, we have a greater good to give to the world, The Great Green Wall is a symbol of hope in the face of our biggest challenges of our time.”

The conference was well attended by professors, researchers, politicians, diplomats, journalists, activists and key leaders from various countries around world. Photo credit: KAS Uganda & S. Sudan

The presentation was further enriched by several speakers discussing the role of Africa in various perspectives such as; technology, gender, economy, politics, culture among others.

The Second Kampala Geopolitics Conference was organized by the Embassy of France in Uganda in partnership with Makerere University, Konrad Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), Alliance Française de Kampala (AFK), UN Women, the Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (iRiS) and Reach A Hand Uganda.

Mr. Mathias Kamp the Country Representative, KAS Uganda and South Sudan make a speech. Photo credit: KAS Uganda & S. Sudan

Mr. Mathias Kamp the Country Representative, KAS Uganda and South Sudan shared that the two days’ Event (17th and 18th October 2019) also aimed at training the young generation to embrace and promote the culture of academic debate at a global level.

He said that the Kampala Geopolitics Conference is not just an event but an institution on its own. He added that Kampala Geopolitics is the grand platform for KAS Uganda and South Sudan to bring its Think Tank Network from around the world to Makerere University to debate various topics related to geopolitics.

The Ambassador of France to Uganda H.E Jules-Armand Aniambossou addressing dignitaries, international delegates and participants in the Makerere University Main Hall. Photo credit: KAS Uganda & S. Sudan

Addressing dignitaries, international delegates and participants in the Makerere University Main Hall, H.E Jules-Armand Aniambossou cited the need for a new model to balance the world away from nationalism and unilateralism. According to him, the model must be based on new forms of regional and international cooperation in the respect of sovereignty.

“Universal values such as human rights, dignity and gender equality are also very important and to implement these values, we need to work on access to education, basic care and sustainable development. The battle is in front of us and that is the reason why France has decided to increase its development and humanitarian assistance,” he mentioned.

The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University making remarks at the second Geopolitics Conference. Photo credit: KAS Uganda & S. Sudan

H.E. Aniambossou reiterated the French President, H.E. Emmanuel Macron’s statement that, “there is hope to save future generation from war by building world order based on law and helping humanity to move towards economic and social progress.”

The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe applauded African scholars for preserving and marketing African culture on the global map. The Vice Chancellor said that there is need for African universities to document the rich African history and the way it is influencing the people’s behavior globally.

Prof Anyang' Nyong'o recollecting past memories of his time as a student at  Makerere University. Photo credit: KAS Uganda & S. Sudan

“We are now truly part of the global economy and politics. We can no longer sit on one side and the world can no longer imagine that they will continue marginalizing Africans,” he said

With the captivating engagement, the participants were ushered into panel discussions on the following topics:

Diverse Power Struggle: transition to a multipolar political landscape
Who is Stealing Africa’s Wealth: Investment, trade and exploitation on the continent
Smart Cities for a Smarter Future: Urban trends transforming our daily lives
Happily, Ever After: Aftermath of revolution and uprising
Energy is the Key: Powering Africa’s economic transformation
World without Hunger: Utopia or a matter of time?
 

On Friday 18th October 2019, the following topics will be discussed;
The Machines are taking over: How robotics and Al will transform our societies?
The United States of Africa: Where is African Unity heading?
Major Targets, Minor Voices: Reflecting on conflicts through a female lens
Stealing the show: Are non-state actors ruling Global Governance?
Destructive Allies, Supportive Enemies? Revealing political influence of the Red Sea Arena
The Future of Aid: Administering the bitter medicine?

Other activities lined up included: art performances, market place of art and ideas, live studio by Media Challenge Initiative, exhibitions by artists, innovators and start-ups, students and youth-led initiatives and a democracy expo by Konrad Adenauer-Stiftung, Alliance Française De Kampala and Campus France.

Article by Nabatte Proscovia, Mak Public Relations Office.

 

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

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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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