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Centres4Her App, Taking the Fight Against GBV Digital this Festive Season

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According to the Uganda Police Force (UPF) Annual Crime Report 2019, Old Kampala Division had the highest domestic violence incidences with 449 cases, followed by Lira with 399 cases and Amuria with 375 cases. Furthermore, 14,232 people were victims of domestic violence, of whom 2,908 were male adults, 9,978 were female adults and 670 were male juveniles while 676 were female juveniles.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) refers to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) as harmful acts directed at an individual based on their gender, rooted in gender inequality, the abuse of power and harmful norms. From the above UPF figures, it is clear that females, particularly adults, are more susceptible to violence than the male counterparts.

Thankfully, young innovators are paying attention to this worrying vice and coming up with mobile applications to help address it. Centres4Her is a digital platform designed by a team of innovators led by Mr. Terrydon Wamboga to link survivors of violence to available post violence services nearest to them through a mobile app with ease and confidentiality.

With funding from UN-Women through Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) ResilientAfrica Network (RAN), the innovators have been able to bring their idea to life, refine the Centres4Her app as well as test and pilot it among target users. Following a mini-Launch of the pilot phase on 12th November 2019, the Cenres4Her app was exhibited during the 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, held on 27th and 28th November 2019 at Makerere University.

Film is a great asset when it comes to raising awareness and Bed of Thorns, a Ugandan production on GBV, was the Centres4Her go-to in reaching out to Makerere University students. With support from the Gender Mainstreaming Directorate (GMD), Centres4Her organised two screenings of the movie on 28th February and 13th March 2020 for the Colleges of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS) and Education and External Studies (CEES) respectively. A total of 119 participants attended the screenings which were followed by brief discussions about GBV and how the Centres4Her app can help its victims.

As we go into yet another festive season and associated merrymaking, it is important that victims of the few unfortunate incidences of GBV are made aware of an avenue through which to easily and confidentially report these cases as well as seek help.

Centres4her may be downloaded from the Google Play Store

Find Centres4her also on

  • Facebook: Centres4her
  • Twitter: @Centres4her
  • Mob: +256-703-171554
  • Email: centres4her[at]gmail.com | Terrydon Wamboga – twamboga[at]gmail.com | Arafat Kabugo – arafatkabugo[at]gmail.com
  • Youtube: Centres4her

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Digital Education is the Future and These Startups Are Here for It

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

Rarely has the education system been as shaken as in the last 12 months. Years of slow progress towards digitalization and new learning methods have been replaced by mandatory use of long distance communication tools, new testing methods, and a lot of creativity from teachers and parents on how to engage children in learning. With apps and different online tools becoming a part of children’s lives, it is no wonder that the EdTech startup scene has been flourishing.

According to Crunchbase, venture funding for EdTech reached 4.1 billion USD in the first seven months of 2020, which is 1.5 billion USD more than in the same time frame a year before. It is also the highest amount raised in that frame for the past five years. Most of these deals are still for U.S. based companies, with big players like Skillshare and Materclass raising funds in Series D and E, respectively. Some of the biggest deals are also in China, for example Yuanfudao raised a billion USD in Series G and Zuoyebang raised 750 million USD in Series E.

EdTech wins two years in a row

Many emerging markets are still missing the necessary infrastructure and policies working towards keeping children in school though. Due to low income, children are often forced to leave school and work at a very young age. This is why digital education is especially important in these markets. It is often an answer to issues that involve education inaccessibility and high costs, providing an innovative and quality learning environment to children.

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How Diversification Helped Switzerland During the Pandemic

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The Swiss flag flies high. Photo credit: Seedstars

It is well known that Switzerland has one of the strongest economies in the world. With the OECD grouping them into the high-income countries and the second highest GDP in the world, even economy newbies know that this small central-European country is synonymous with stability and prosperity.

The business environment is an interesting mix of world-famous companies, top-notch universities and research facilities, SMEs and startups working in a relatively small geographical area. Ranging from medicine, precious metals and gemstones, heavy machinery, to tobacco, chocolate and luxury perfumes and cosmetics, the 310 billion USD exports can compete with countries with more resources and population.

The Swiss economy is based on a highly qualified labour force working in specialized industries, with the main economic activities being pharmaceuticals, machinery, food and financial services. The “land of watches” can boast its high-class motors, generators, turbines and a whole range of other deep tech products. Continuous investments in research and development (about 3 percent of total GDP) has not only diversified the existing industries, but made it one one of the best places to do business.

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Ericsson Innovation Awards 2021

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The Low-Cost Medical Ventilator (Bulamu Ventilator), a product of Makerere University and Kiira Motors Corporation on display in the Main Hall, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda on 28th August 2020 during the launch of two innovations in the fight against COVID-19.

As the world becomes increasingly reliant on technology, the digital divide is growing. Economic, geographic, gender and access factors have left vast portions the global population at a severe disadvantage. The causes are many, including lack of infrastructure, resources and the high cost of devices. Your challenge is to identify a digital divide and develop a solution to bridge it.

How to participate

To enter the awards, you must register with a complete entry by August 5, 2021, 13:00 CET (2:00PM EAT).

A ‘complete entry’ means all required questions are answered and you have registered up to four total team members, all of whom are currently enrolled students pursuing a university degree. To qualify, each team member must be pursuing a higher vocational or academic degree (undergraduate, graduate, or doctorate), and graduating on or after the end date of the Semi-finalist period (September 13, 2021).

We strongly encourage you to embrace diversity and inclusiveness by bringing team members from different disciplines, cultures, life experience and skill sets. We’ve found that diverse teams often produce the most inspired ideas.

Entries are allocated into seven regions, depending on where your university is based.

By registering with a complete submission, you will automatically be entered to compete in the regional competition and will be eligible to be considered for the Global Semi-finals.

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