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Mak RIF Holds Stakeholders Workshop with Private Sector & Development Partners

The Chair Grants Management Committee (GMC) Prof. William Bazeyo (Seated Centre) in a group photo with GMC Members, representatives from the NGOs, the Private Sector and Development Partners on 31st January 2020. The workshop was held to discuss and understand the priority research and innovations in the different sectors.

The Makerere University Research and Innovations Fund (RIF) on Friday 31st January 2020 held the second consultative workshop for representatives from Private Sector Institutions, Non-Governmental Organisations and Development Partners aimed at understanding priority research and innovation needs in the different sectors so as to develop a robust research agenda. Participating agencies were grouped according to sectors such as; Agriculture, Business Development Support, Culture, Conservation, Finance, Health, Gender, ICT, Manufacturing, SMEs, Social Welfare, Trade and Transport.

Representing the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs)-DVCAA, Dr. Umar Kakumba thanked participating agencies for supporting Makerere University to continue providing innovative teaching and learning, research and services responsive to national and global needs.

Makerere University is proud of its longstanding history of leveraging and nurturing national and international collaborations and partnerships. It is such initiatives which have kept our University blossoming in research, teaching and community service. I hope that we can coin additional collaborations and partnerships by the end of our engagement today” remarked the DVCAA.

The DVCAA-Dr. Umar Kakumba outlined the research priority areas and invited participants to contribute generously to the dicsussion on developing a new research agenda at the Stakeholders' Workshop, 31st January 2020, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

Dr. Kakumba shared that Makerere University’s Research agenda aims to; provide a robust supportive environment for a research-driven university, increase capacity for knowledge transformation and innovation as well as strengthen research and innovation management and coordination.

“Our agenda also aims to mainstream gender in all research and innovation activities, mobilise more funds for research, promote commercialization of innovations, exploit intellectual property and enhance networks with teaching, research and cultural institutions” added the DVCAA.

He therefore urged participants to work closely with the University in its quest to strengthen Uganda’s research capacity and output by generously contributing to the discussion in the stakeholders’ workshop.

The DVCFA and Chairperson GMC-Prof. William Bazeyo shared Makerere's intention to produce data-driven innovations and increase dissemination of research

The Chairperson RIF Grants Management Committee (GMC), Prof. William Bazeyo in his remarks noted that workshop was Makerere’s first engagement with the private sector to develop a research agenda. “We are transitioning Makerere into a research-led University in as far as both the Humanities and Sciences are concerned, which will result into increased research output.”

He noted that although 71% of research continues to be funded by donors, the UGX 30billion intervention by the Government of Uganda through RIF is a gesture that has been greatly welcomed by the Makerere University community. He shared the University’s keenness to also mobilise resources to fund research from the private sector.

“The grants under RIF are awarded to projects that impact communities and national development priorities. We would therefore like you our stakeholders to provide additional input into what we should research about so that together, we can develop a comprehensive research agenda” added Prof. Bazeyo.

The Chair GMC-Prof. William Bazeyo (4th L) introduces some of the GMC members present L-R: Dr. Roy Mayega, Dr. Frank Mwiine, DVCAA-Dr. Umar Kakumba, Dr. Betty Ezati, Dr. Robinah Kulabako, Dr. John Mutenyo and Dr. Helen Nambalirwa Nkabala during the Second RIF Stakeholders Consultative Workshop for representatives from NGOs, the Private Sector and Development Partners on 31st January 2020, CTF1, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

The Chairperson GMC also underlined the University’s intention to produce data-driven innovations and increase dissemination of research by working together with the private sector and other actors.

The feedback received from parallel group discussions will be used by the GMC to define priority research and innovation areas for the different sectors. Participants in the Health sector in particular outlined; the need for innovative ICT systems that reduce patient waiting times, study opportunities for demographic dividends and ways to increase data exchange among health sector players as some of the research priorities.

Article by Public Relations Office

 

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