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RUFORUM Experiences & Lessons from BMGF Funding Commitment for Growth

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Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM)’s partnership with The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) was born in 2005 in Maputo-Mozambique, and subsequent successful convening in Mangochi-Malawi in 2005. During these convenings, young academics, supported through RUFORUM impressed upon the Foundation their ability to engage directly with farmers and to jointly address some of their agricultural problems. Subsequently discussions were held and an Institutional Strengthening Grant was awarded to RUFORUM. The Grant aimed to develop a comprehensive and viable program underpinned by strong governance and management anchored on RUFORUM’s project development, quality assurance and accountability systems. RUFORUM has benefited from this strategic investment, building a strong reputation for transparency, as well as excellent financial and technical audit and accountability systems, and is held in high esteem by its members.

Specifically, the support to the Secretariat helped:

(a) Develop functional Governance Organs and a fully constituted Secretariat with a dedicated staff, for mission fulfilment.

(b) Strengthen mission delivery mechanisms (implementation, measurement and evaluation, mentorship and close relationships with Network members);

(c) Support diverse convenings that have raised the profile of member universities and the convening power of RUFORUM;

(d) Strengthen member universities capacity to mobilize resources for collective and individual needs;

(e) Contribute to development of quality graduate training programs that meet national to regional needs through its regional MSc and PhD training programs and as well as graduate research grants;

(f) Support development of quality assurance systems for higher education;

(g) Promote an inclusive agenda by intensifying training of women and their engagement in science, technology and innovation

(h) Reduce human resource erosion from African Institutions, thereby increasing return on investment by BMGF and other development partners on higher education

(i) Catalyze stronger relationships with governments and strengthened relationship between universities and policy makers.

Overall, therefore the Institutional support to RUFORUM has been critical for establishing a strong foundation for a viable sustainable African led and grown Institution, something that would not have been possible if only short-term support had been provided. In fact, under this grant, RUFORUM network expanded from 32 universities in 2009 to 129 universities in 38 African countries in 2019. This expansion, underpinned by a strong institutional structure has increased the regional and international image and position of the network as a vibrant outcome and impact-oriented consortium. This strong institutional setting of RUFORUM has been key to attracting, leveraging and maintaining funding and increasing investment opportunities from other partners and Governments that continue to sustain RUFORUM operations and activities.

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Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals

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Mak-RIF 4 Awards and PhD Call For Proposals, 29th September 2022, 9:00 to 10:00 AM EAT.

Makerere University received funding from the Government of the Republic of Uganda, earmarked to support high impact Research and Innovations. This unique initiative arose after engagements between the top University Management and the Government of Uganda. This fund illustrates the increasing importance that the Government attaches to Research and Innovation as a driver of development and transformation. The objective of the fund is to increase the local generation of translatable research and scalable innovations that address key gaps required to drive Uganda’s development agenda. 

In the Financial years 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 the Government of the Republic of Uganda through Mak-RIF has funded implementation of over 750 multidisciplinary research and innovations within the various Colleges, while engaging multiple stakeholders within and outside Makerere University. The Grants Management Committee (GMC) has finalized the award process for the Mak-RIF round 4 call for funding for this Financial Year 2022/2023.

The Grants Management Committee (GMC) hereby invites you to the Launch of the Mak-RIF Round 4 awards and PhD Call for Proposals scheduled to take place tomorrow Thursday 29th September 2022 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. EAT. 

Please use the following details to join the launch.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcu-urDIjE9ZgxdsbEmA2IkNMMiJVECt_ 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise

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One of the PWD graduands at the 69th Graduation during the Session held on 17th January 2019.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites persons with disability who applied for admission to public universities under the disability entry scheme for 2022/2023 Academic Year to appear for medical/review exercise at Makerere Unive, Senate Building, Level Two (2) in the Telepresence Centre.

NOTE: Only those who have the minimum entry requirements of at least two principal passes at A’ Level or its equivalent and at least five (5) passes at O’ Level or its equivalent will be interviewed.

 Only candidates who sat ‘a’ level in 2020, 2019 and 2018 are eligible for admission.

THE EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 2022 respectively from 9.00 A.M – 1.00 P.M each day.

IMPORTANT:

(i) If you fail to appear on any of the given days above, there will be no other chance for you.

(ii) Applicants with Government Scholarship for the previous years are not eligible for admission

ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH

Acting. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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Uganda’s policymakers implored to address forest loss, plastic & water pollution

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Left to Right: Prof. Gunnar Köhlin, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Amb. Maria Håkansson, Commissioner Julius Mafumbo and Prof. Edward Bbaale posing for a group photo before the opening ceremony on 22nd September 2022: Photo by EfD-Mak Centre.

The Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe on Thursday 22nd September, 2022 participated in the opening of the EfD Annual meeting hosted by Makerere University at Speke Resort Munyonyo where he appealed to government to implement the ban on kaveera and address other environmental issues.

The opening ceremony moderated by the EfD Global Hub Manager Gunnar Köhlin and was graced by Uganda’s Minister for Water and Environment represented by the Commissioner for Water, Mr. Julius Mafumbo and the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Maria Håkansson.

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