Makerere University Chairperson of Council Mrs Lorna Magara has applauded Makerere University Management for taking active steps towards a participatory budgeting process. This was during the Second Budget Management Workshop held on 15th October 2019, to review the implementation procedures and execution processes of the Makerere University Budget for the Financial Year 2020/2021.
The workshop brought on board university stakeholders to discuss budget appropriations with an insight of the university and national development objectives. According to the Acting University Secretary, Mr. Yusuf Kiranda, government entities in Uganda are required by law to involve stakeholders in the financial planning activities for probity and inclusive resource allocation.
“The University has several competing priorities and the University Secretary/ Accounting Officer has a major task of distributing the limited resources among the competing priorities. This budget workshop was therefore scheduled to share with you the tasks of setting priorities for the University,” he said.
He called upon stakeholders to align the budgets to the Makerere University Strategic Plan objectives. Mr, Kiranda also emphasized the need to prioritize research if the university is to attain its goal of becoming a research led university.
Represented by Mr. Bruce Kabaasa, the Chairperson of the Finance, Planning, Administration and Investment Committee (FPAIC), Mrs. Lorna Magara said that a participatory budgeting process is a requirement of both the law and the principles of good governance. “The Finance Management Act of 2015 (as amended) clearly defines this obligation. Section 9(1) of the said law requires every Accounting Officer to prepare a budget framework paper in consultation with the relevant stakeholders,” she said.
She requested every stakeholder in the budget process to provide input on time as per the requirement in the Public Management Act. She urged the University Management Budget Committee to take a keen note of the following while drafting the budget:
- How the University is to operationalize the new strategic plan
- How previous policies of the University Council have been complied with; especially the distribution of the percentage of the AIA (Internally Generated Funds) between the colleges and Central Administration.
- Ensuring that funds collected for a given purpose are effectively utilized. Special attention will be accorded to the utilization of functional fees.
- Ensuring that the core activities of the University such as teaching materials, internship, recess term, examinations and external examiners are prioritized over and above allowances, travel, workshops.
- Ensuring that the allocations are transparent and the budget formulation process is inclusive.
The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, applauded the Department of Finance and the Office of the University Secretary for organizing the participatory Budget Management Workshops. He encouraged stakeholders to prioritize research, teaching and learning while drafting unit based budgets.
Prof. Nawangwe urged the Unit Accounting Officers to prepare budget frameworks in consultation with relevant stakeholders. He also advised them to observe the timelines for budget submission.
“The budget must include the component of supporting diversification of revenue and we must establish and fund Research Grant Office at college levels,” he said.
Representing the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, Prof. William Bazeyo, the Principal of College of Business and Management Sciences who also doubles as the Chairperson of the Management Budget Committee, Dr. Eria Hisali highlighted the importance of a consultative and participatory budget process.
“Through the budget workshops, we can restructure our University by planning within the available resources to impact development and sustain university activities. We also need to focus on how we can effectively utilize the available resources and put in place measures to ensure financial sustainability,” Dr. Hisali stated.
During the workshop, participants listened to two presentations; the Overview of the Budget Performance and Outlook for Financial Year 2020/2021 and MTEF Figures, Revenue and Expenditure Projects (including indicative planning figures for per cost centres) from the Acting Director of Planning and Development Department Mr. Matia Kabuye and University Bursar, Mr. Evarist Bainomugisha respectively.
The informative presentations were further enriched by an interactive discussion chaired by the Manager of Accounting and Reporting, CPA Lubowa Ssebina Gyaviira.
Article by Mak Public Relations Office
Veteran Professor changed Makerere and Higher Education
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.
Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022
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.
- Applicant requests for information and application forms and procedures from the chosen JADS partner university. For any inquiries, please contact JADS@AFDB.ORG
- Applicant completes required documents and sends them to the university.
- University evaluates and selects applicants.
- University sends selected candidates to the AfDB.
- AfDB reviews submissions from universities, prepares and approves the final list.
- AfDB contacts selected awardees, and informs the universities.
WHS Regional Meeting Africa 2021: Finance Chairperson’s Update
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…