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RUFORUM Thought Piece on COVID-19: Are we prepared for an integrated Africa?

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The current and future direction for the continent. Are we prepared for an integrated Africa?

January 2020, African countries signed on to the Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) and 30 have already ratified thus paving the way to the implementation of a single continental market for goods and services and laying the foundation for the establishment of the continental customs union.

The continent is taking a bold step towards multilateralism by creating the largest free trade area since the setting up of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 1995. Africa’s narrative is changing from that of a development perspective to an investment one. Countries want to attract investment and at the same time deepen the much needed regional and global engagement especially as we emerge out of the COVID 19 era.

Over the past few years, Africa’s annual GDP growth has consistently outpaced the global average and was expected to remain at least 6% until 2023. Even if COVID 19 has changed these projections; it is a fact that by 2050, the continent’s population is predicted to be over 2.5 billion, according to the United Nations and the World Economic Forum – more than the combined populations of China and India today. The richest 10% of the African continent will be driving demand for consumer goods and services and this represents at least 200 million people.

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Request for Expression of Interest: CTCA Information Management System

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The Chair, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (Centre) with other Members of the CTCA Steering Committee after a meeting on 3rd May 2018, Kampala Uganda.

The Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA) was established in July 2011 by the World Health Organization, with funding from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). The current and third phase of funding BMGF is through the Africa Capacity Building Foundation, to build and sustain the Institutional Capacity of African governments in tobacco control. CTCA, in its 2019-2025 strategic plan, envisions a tobacco free Africa. The mission of the Centre is to enhance African governments’ capacity to formulate and implement Tobacco Control programs through partnerships and cooperation.

CTCA seeks to recruit a reputable firm to develop a comprehensive information management system that will facilitate decision-making, coordination performance management, and financial management. The system will ensure that all departmental systems are intergrated through tracking and reporting on resource utilization, financial management, activity progress and provide summarised feedback to users on resources used, outputs, outcomes, and impact achieved in line with CTCA annual workplan. The objectives of this assignment include;

  1. Introduce a reliable and efficient information management system
  2. Ensure a securely protected system that offers collaboration means between CTCA, its employees and partners
  3. Generation of data repositories for CTCA activities
  4. Offer authentic up-to-date and consistent information
  5. The Specific duties are in two categories and these include: Monitoring & Evaluation and Financial Management

How to apply

Interested and suitably qualified firms may express interest in the assignment by:
Submitting a motivation letter of not more than 1,000 words and clearly marked as “Expression of interest to develop the CTCA Information management system” in soft copies at the address below not later than 17:00 hours EAT on the 23 March 2021.

Applications should be sent to Email: eoi[at]ctc-africa.org

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Communication to Students regarding fees payment for Sem I 2020/21

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Students walk past the School of Agricultural Sciences along University Road, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. Date taken: 6th October 2014. Diploma Holders are eligible for admission to Mak Degree Programmes under the Government Sponsorship Scheme (not exceeding 5% of the intake capacity).

To All Students

Please take note of the following important dates you should look out for:

  1. All Loan Scheme (HESFB) and State House sponsored students should enroll within the first two weeks to enable the Finance Department to invoice their sponsors.
  2. All Government sponsored students must enroll immediately on AIMS system and submit their personal bank accounts to their Hall Wardens to enable processing of food and living out allowances. Only enrolled students will be paid. You are therefore advised to enroll as soon as possible.
  3. The fees policy requires that a continuing student should pay at least Ugx. 200,000 to help the University run and this is expected to be paid by 19th March 2021, beyond which a surcharge of Ugx. 20,000 shall be levied.
  4. All students MUST generate payment Reference Numbers (PRN) to be able to make payments. Students have to log into their portal using this link https://student.mak.ac.ug/ as directed from their admission letters, enroll and generate the PRNs. It is the PRN which you present to the bank to effect your payments.
  5. The deadline for free registration is 9th April 2021, (end of 6th week) beyond which, UGX. 50,000 will be levied.
  6. The deadline for the FULL fees payment is 7th May 2021, (end of 10th week) beyond which, a surcharge of 5% on the outstanding balance will be levied.

For Freshers 2020/2021

This is to remind you that the deadline for change of Programmes/Subjects for 2020/2021 Academic year will be Friday 5th March, 2021. There will be no further extension of the exercise. Applicants can only change after receiving a letter of authorization from the Academic Registrar.
However, note the following;

Bachelor of Journalism and Communication is full. Thus no applicants for change to this programme will be considered for 2020/2021 Academic year.

Bachelor of Dental Surgery has 7 slots for Direct Entrants (‘A Level) available for change of programme for Private Sponsorship for 2020/2021 Academic year.

Further details regarding this communication can be found in the documents attached below:

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Request for Expression of Interest: AFROHUN Communication and Visibility Plan

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Africa One Health University Network (AFROHUN) formerly One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA)

Africa One Health University Network (AFROHUN) is an international network of public health, veterinary medicine, pathobiology, environmental sciences, medicine and global health institutions of higher education. AFROHUN is located in 18 universities in 9 countries in Africa.

Formerly One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA), AFROHUN is working to transform the training environment and approaches in universities, in a bid to develop a workforce without disciplinary barriers. Enabling students to understand and appreciate the contribution of disciplines outside their own; in predicting, detecting and responding to the kind of complex health challenges we are witnessing today. This is the next generation workforce that we need in the face of increasing outbreaks of epidemics, pandemics and complex health challenges.

Considering the strategic role that AFROHUN plays in One Health workforce development, it is important that it is visible, well-understood and highly regarded. It is important for AFROHUN to document, package and share her story and impact trail. Visibility, understanding and high regard are critical for maintaining stakeholders’ confidence in the network’s work in order to harness, sustain and enhance the multiple stakeholders’ interest.

Towards this end, AFROHUN is planning to engage an experienced communications consultant to develop a multi-faceted Communications and Visibility Strategy. The strategy will provide a broad framework that will guide communications and visibility in AFROHUN and will identify the issues that need to be addressed to build awareness, improve knowledge, build mutual understanding with key stakeholders and generate support for the network’s initiatives. The strategy will provide guidance on how to capture, package and share the network’s story, document and share lessons learned and best practices as well as the impact of building a one health workforce, to the management of disease outbreaks and health emergences. The strategy will also play a critical role in driving the network’s business plan.

AFROHUN therefore, invites proposals from eligible, qualified and experienced individuals and firms for provision of consultancy services to develop an institutional Communications and Visibility Strategy.

Terms of Reference for the Development of the AFROHUN Communications and Visibility Strategy

The Terms of Reference for the development of the Communications and Visibility Strategy shall include but not limited to;

  1. Communication review, including an analysis of the current perception and positioning of the network and its initiatives among key constituencies and stakeholders. Review of communications and visibility documents as necessary.
  2. Analysis and mapping of stakeholders and target audiences, to inform prioritization processes.
  3. Undertake primary and secondary research to assess the network’s external and internal communications strategies/activities and determine gaps.
  4. Facilitate processes to ensure stakeholder participation in the strategy development.
  5. Developing a 5-year Communications and Visibility Strategy, including detailed objectives and priorities, and implementation plan, based on AFROHUN’s strategic activities and programs.
  6. Recommend tools for monitoring and evaluation of the Communications and Visibility Strategy.

A complete expression of interest package should be emailed to:

mnattimba[at]afrohun.org  and copied to secretariat[at]afrohun.org

Deadline for submission: 1700hrs, 19th March 2021.

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