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Mak Alumnus Matovu Wins Impact Award at 2020 GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize

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An alumnus of Makerere University-Mr. Matovu Paul has won the Impact Award and US$2,500 cash prize with three other entrepreneurs in the US$100,000 GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize for 2020, alongside the prestigious Africa Food Prize. He was drawn from a pool of Top-12 finalists from Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. The overall US$100,000 prize was split between the best male and female entrepreneurs; Moses Katala, co-founder and CEO of Magofarm Limited (Rwanda) and Daniella Kwayu, co-founder and CEO of Phema Agri (Tanzania) respectively. The winners were announced on 15th September 2020 at the Africa Green Revolution Forum Virtual Summit in Kigali, Rwanda.

Mr. Matovu studied Social and Entrepreneurial Forestry at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) and graduated during the 68th Graduation Ceremony in January 2018. His social enterprise, Vertical and Micro Gardening (VMG) combines urban micro-gardening and integrated waste management to build autonomous vertical farm towers.

The vertical farms are aimed at making urban farming a viable micro-enterprise for low and middle-income households. They are made up of stackable wooden boxes with a vermicomposting chamber where biodegradable household waste is turned into manure by earthworms, thereby producing nutrients for the plants.

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Call for Code Fair Work Case Competition

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A user in the Computer Laboratory, Main Library, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

UNITING STUDENTS TO DESIGN SOLUTIONS FOR A SUSTAINABLE AND EQUITABLE
GLOBAL ECONOMIC FUTURE

How can technology address the challenge of making decent job creation, entrepreneurship, and fair, sustainable labor a lifelong opportunity of economic growth for all?

On October 6, Call for Code, presented by IBM and the Clinton Global Initiative University, will launch the 2022 Call for Code Fair Work Case Competition. The competition calls on collegiate-level students around the world to imagine innovative solutions that advances the future of work.

The challenge will run October 6-20, 2022 and asks both non-technical and technical university-level student teams to devise innovative business cases that can advance inclusive, scalable workforce development. The competition theme is inspired by the United Nations
Sustainable Development Goal 8. Solutions should address one of the diverse challenges aligned to this theme and demonstrate how technology can help communities in need. While solution submissions do not need to include working code, teams will need to describe the technologies required and how those technologies fit into the solution.

SGD 8: https://sdgs.un.org/goals/goal8

ANSWER THE CALL

As current students, the world needs your expertise, empathy, and unique perspective. Get mentored by entrepreneurs, technologists, and leaders during the competition. Network with other university students from around the world, and compete for prizes from a total pool of $22,000 USD, which includes a $12,000 USD grand prize!

Register for the Case Competition today and help design the fair work of the future. Learn more and get started

Answer the call: https://callforcode-case.bemyapp.com

IBM Skills Build: https://skillsbuild.org/

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UNDP to set up state-of-the-art Innovation Hub at Makerere

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The Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (Left) and the UNDP Resident Representative for Uganda Ms. Elsie Attafuah (Right) show off the signed MoU on 20th September at Makerere University. Second row are: Makerere Chancellor, Prof. Ezra Suruma (Left), Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu (2nd Left), Prof. Eria Hisali (Right), Associate Prof. Yazidhi Bamutaze (2nd Right) and other officials.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is set to build a state-of-the-art innovation hub at Makerere University that is aimed at skilling students in various sectors with a view to empowering startups and creating jobs.

The Makerere Innovation hub will be established through UNDP’s Timbuktoo initiative, a US$1 billion youth innovation financing facility for Africa which aims to scale 1,000 high growth start-ups, improve 50 million livelihoods and generate US$10 billion in value creation.

UN Resident Representative in Uganda Ms. Elsie Attafuah said the partnership with Makerere is anchored on five strategic areas; fostering innovation ecosystems in public universities, leveraging the role of universities in grassroots development and establishing a regular innovation expo as a platform for youth innovators to network.

Others are; promoting research on resilience, and strengthening gender equality in public institutions.

UNDP is establishing the University Innovation Hub/Pod where ten (10) other African Countries are also beneficiaries. Makerere is well placed to host this innovation pod which will be interdisciplinary in nature bringing together students, academia, and partners from all fields, she said.

She added that the University Innovation hub will provide University Students with: Maker-Spaces that accord service to both engineering as well as creative design projects, with a standard set of equipment; a Design Lab that offers a host of programs in design thinking.

“The hub will support students to apply design principles toward solving any problem they are tackling; Collaborative Working Spaces to enable students create business ideas and host product demos, training events, speaker talks, other community and collaboration building events,” Ms. Attafuah added.

Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe welcomed the partnership with UNDP.

“I am delighted that Makerere will finally host an innovation hub to facilitate the transformation from research to commercial projects,” he said.

“The innovation hub will help us incubate the ideas developed by our students to ensure that they form companies that will create jobs for the many students we graduate every year,” he added.

The Makerere Vice Chancellor said the Parish Development Model Policy lab will hopefully rescue the well-intended program from the public naysayers.

Prof. Ezra Suruma, the Makerere University Chancellor, also welcomed the partnership

He said the partnership is going to support the implementation of the Parish Development Model that will help to increase income in a bid to fight poverty.

“When I was in the Office of the Prime Minister, we focused so much on the problem of implementation. As Makerere, we have to focus on making sure the Parish Development Model trickles down to the people at the grassroots to ensure poverty alleviation,” he said.

“As we sign this partnership, I hope this will set the ball rolling for innovative programs for societal transformation in the next 100 years of Makerere University,” he added.

The innovation hub, will be headed by Dr. Cathy Ikiror Mbidde, a Lecturer in the School of Business, College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS).

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Digital Health Payment Initiative and Research in Africa RFAs

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Digital Health Payment Initiative and Research in Africa (DHPI-R) Open Call for Request For Applications (RFAs). Deadline: 16th September 2022.

The Digital Health Payment Initiative and Research in Africa (DHPI-R), a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded project that is implemented in Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) and Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (UCAD) Senegal is thrilled to announce an OPEN CALL FOR REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS. This will foster widespread, sustainable adoption and application of Digital Financial Service innovations within the health sector of low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs) in sub-Saharan Africa.

Focus Research Areas/ Research Themes

DHPI-R is seeking applications for studies that address the evidence gaps listed.

1) Campaign Effectiveness
2) Digital Financial Services’ effects on financial inclusion, safety, and security of payments
3) Health worker performance and retention
4) Payment experience and financial behavior

Funding Information

For any request made in this call, the budget goes as follows;
Large studies:12 months $200,000
Medium studies: 9 months $100,000
Small studies: 6 months $60,000

Eligibility

All Institutions within sub-Saharan Africa

Funding Restrictions and Terms

The award will be a fixed fee agreement, and the total amount of the award will be stated in the award letter. The funding is intended to support the collection, analysis, and dissemination of research. The allocation of program funds will directly correspond to the monetary figures presented in the final Budget and disbursement of funds will be initiated upon the timely receipt of invoices, financial reports, and expected deliverables.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted in English or in French.

Applications must be submitted through our website: Submit applications here.

Application deadline: 16th SEPT 2022

Award decisions: All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their submission by 30th October 2022.

For more information and application details, see; Call for Request for Applications

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