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Synthesis Report: RUFORUM Webinar 8 – Entrepreneurship in a Pandemic Situation



The African continent has been lauded for having the world’s leading entrepreneurial spirit as well as having the highest global female entrepreneurship rates. Youth entrepreneurial activity in many African countries is higher than the global average with, for example, on average 40% of youth in Ghana, Uganda and Zambia involved in one form of early state of entrepreneurial activity. These young enterprises are vulnerable to turbulence in the national, regional and international markets that impose undue constraints on their performance. While some enterprises are thriving and others sprouting, many are sinking and closing up. The COVID-19 pandemic has been transformative as well as catalytic in the last few months of its occurrence. Young entrepreneurs-startups as well as established enterprises have had to rapidly adapt to the ‘new normal’ to keep afloat. The established enterprises have had a good responsive capacity to tap into opportunities that have emerged especially with support from governments and development partners. Conversely, emerging and informal enterprises that make a sizeable number in many African countries have not benefited from this COVID-related support.

This report covers key highlights and emerging issues from Webinar 8 organized by RUFORUM on “Entrepreneurship in a pandemic situation: taking opportunities and realigning for future” held on 21st August, 2020.

Webinar Aim:

The Webinar on brought together African and global audiences to deliberate on:

  • i. Building on the foundations of existing entrepreneurship to valorize COVID-19 opportunities;
  • ii. Harnessing technology driven innovation and the role of incubators and accelerators as catalyzers of opportunity entrepreneurship;
  • iii. Africa’s Private Sector Response to COVID-19: Lessons for the future pandemics; and
  • iv. Financing SMEs and start-ups in a Post COVID-19.

This Webinar was moderated by Dr. Maurice Bolo, CEO, Scinnovent, Kenya. The presentations and discussions were given by:

  • i. Mr. Charles Ocici, Executive Director, Enterprise Uganda
  • ii. Dr. Alaoui Soulimani Adnane, Director IMPULSE, UM6P Morocco
  • iii. Prof Patience Mshenga, Egerton University, Njoro-Kenya
  • iv. Mr. Tunde Adeyemi, Bookers International Schools, Nigeria

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Veteran Professor changed Makerere and Higher Education



Professor Pancras John Mukasa Ssebuwufu (L) receives a plaque and citation from RUFORUM Board Member and Vice Chancellor Ndejje University-Professor Eriabu Lugujjo (Right) on 6th May 2021 at the RUFORUM Secretariat, Plot 155 Garden Hill, Makerere University Main Campus,

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.

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WHS Regional Meeting Africa 2021: Finance Chairperson’s Update



Prof. Tonny J. Oyana, Finance Chairperson, World Health Summit Regional Meeting Africa, June 2021.

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…

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HERS-EA Fourth Leadership Academy



Facilitators and Participants of the HERS-EA Third Academy pose for a group photo at the closing ceremony on 5th July 2019, Grand Global Hotel, Kampala Uganda.

The Higher Education Resource Services-East Africa (HERS-EA) provides an intensive residential one-week leadership and management development curriculum focused on women, mainly in higher education institutions and administration.

In response to the current Covid-19 pandemic, HERS-EA Fourth Academy will be a totally virtual one. As such, the Academy previously scheduled to take place between June 28th – July 3rd has been postponed by one week to July 5th-9th

Theme: “Positioning Women for Leadership in Higher Education”

A. Institutional Development

1. Managing and Leading Change

2. Reframing Organizations for effective work

3. Developing Effective Partnerships in Higher Education for Women and gender focused advancement

B. Personal Development

4. Career Mapping/building dossier/personal development

5. Professional Women’s economic empowerment through Enterprise development and management for profit maximization

6. Research and Publishing; Leadership and Fundraising for projects including research and publication.

C. Networking

7. The Power of Mentoring; Networking

Who Should Attend?

HERS-EA expects many diverse and dynamic women leaders to attend the ACADEMY, to share and learn from multiple institutional perspectives with guidance from women with a wealth of experience in higher education, national academic organizations, government and non- governmental organizations. Participants are expected hold mid to senior-level positions and bring expertise from all parts of a college or university. They also represent a range of national groups, ages and years of experience in higher education and other fields.

Applying to the ACADEMY:

The deadline for registration has also been extended to June 30th. For more information regarding registration, please visit the website: Completed registration forms should be emailed, with a scanned payment slip to:, by 5.00 p.m. on Wednesday 30th June.

A complete application includes:
a) CV
b) A self-descriptive letter (not > 500 words) to include:

  • Current Title (e.g. Associate Professor of Economics; Deputy Dean, e. t. c.)
  • Name and Contact Information for 2 Recommenders (e.g. Vice Chancellor, Head of Department, Chief Officer in your area, and/or direct supervisor)
  • Short- and long-term career goals
  • Your expectations for the HERS-EA ACADEMY.

c) Passport size photograph
d) A developmental project you have been assigned or you would like to initiate at your campus (maximum 500 words)
e) Registration fee of $100, please attach a copy of the deposit slip to your application (Bank A/C details below):

Contact Information

If you have any further questions, please email:
info[at] or call the HERS-EA Administrator on: +256 (0)772082011 Please,also, visit the HERS-EA website for further updates:

Payment Bank Account Details:
Account Name: Higher Education Resource Service East Africa

Name of Bank: DFCU Bank
Makerere University Branch
A/C No: 02083553153181
Swift Code: DFCUUGKA

Name of Bank: DFCU Bank
Makerere University Branch
A/C No: 01083553153172


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