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Mak-RIF Awards 123 Grants in Round 3 2021/2022

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The Makerere University Research and Innovations Fund (Mak-RIF) on Tuesday 17th August, 2021 unveiled the 123 recipients of the third round of funding for 2021/2022. The Ceremony presided over by the Chairperson of Council; Mrs. Lorna Magara was also graced by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Dr. Umar Kakumba and Ag. Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration), Dr. Josephine Nabukenya.

Present at the event hosted in the Council Room, Central Teaching Facility 1 (CTF1) were; Prof. William Bazeyo, Head Grants Administration and Management Support Unit (GAMSU) and Chairperson Mak-RIF Grants Management Committee (GMC), Members of Management, a select number of researchers, representatives of Government and over 300 virtual participants.

Expressing her delight at witnessing the launch the third Mak-RIF Awards, Mrs. Magara said she was confident the awardees would help drive the National Development Plan III (2020/21-2024/25)-NDP III.

“Beyond my role as Chair Council, I am primarily here because I share the conviction and fully subscribe to the consensus that a locally-driven research agenda nurtures homegrown and locally contextualized ideas, which is a prerequisite for development and societal transformation” she explained.

Mrs. Magara thanked the Government of Uganda for the vision and commitment to support research and ensure that research funding is not left to international development partners. “With an investment of 30 billion shillings each financial year for the third year running, Makerere University joins the various institutions in which the Government invests heavily in research for example the Uganda Industrial Research Institute, Uganda Virus Research Institute, National Agricultural Research Organisation, among others.”

In this regard, she thanked H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for being an ardent believer in homegrown solutions and supporting locally-driven research and innovation.

Participants who physically attended the Mak-RIF Round 3 Launch stand for the Anthems

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Nawangwe in his remarks noted that the 123 Awards under Round 3 would join 587 projects currently funded under Mak-RIF and together, enable each discipline at Makerere to contribute to Uganda’s development and growth. “The potential within Makerere University is enormous and we must continue to harness it.”

He equally appreciated the Government for not cutting funding to research and innovations at Makerere despite the disruptions to revenue collection caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. He added that innovations such as the pedal operated seed cleaner, electronic partograph for improved monitoring of labour, organ and tissue biobanking project, enhancing value addition on potato and sorghum enterprises among others have the potential to change the economy of the whole region with minimal investment.

In his presentation, Prof. Bazeyo thanked the Ugandan government for demonstrating how much they value research outcomes by apportioning part of the limited resource envelope to funding research and innovations.

He shared that Mak-RIF Round 3 received 457 applications, with the 123 recipients being funded after a rigorous selection process. He equally shared a list of other universities that were approved by the GMC to conduct projects in their institutions, with the leader from Makerere University for accountability purposes.

“These include Makerere University Business School (MUBS), Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), Busitema University, Gulu University, Kabale University, Bishop Stuart University, Uganda Martyrs University Nkozi and Muni University. Faculty from these institutions have benefited from this round of Mak-RIF funding” added Prof. Bazeyo.

Prof. Bazeyo further informed participants that the Round 3 awards were granted to those applications that best addressed the National Research Agenda informed by NDP III and developed by Mak-RIF with participation of stakeholders from Industry, Government Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Academia, Research Institutions and Civil Society.

The launch also featured three presentations by projects namely;

  • Enhancing Value addition on Potato-Sorghum enterprises for Improved Livelihoods in Uganda (EVaPoSIL) – to develop high value products and determine supply dynamics and profitability for the two crops, presented by Nantambi Bridget
  • The Early Preeclampsia Diagnostic Strip (EPED Strip) – a low cost, reliable, safe (non-invasive) and Point of Care Test for self screening by expectant mothers to know if they are at risk of preeclampsia, presented by Brian Matovu
  • Optimized software for planning and simulation of food aid response during the COVID-19 pandemic and other similar disasters in Uganda – presented by Fildah Ayaa

Please click the link below to view the full list of 123 Mak-RIF Round 3 Awards

https://rif.mak.ac.ug/rif-3-awards-for-2021-2022/

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Makerere University Launches National Parenting Draft Manual

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The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo (Centre) and Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC (Right) interact with a participant at the workshop on 22nd July 2022, Kampala.

By Agnes Namaganda

On July 22nd 2022, Makerere UniversityChild Health and Development Centre (MakCHDC) launched a draft manual for the National Parenting Standards. The Centre has been working together with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) with funding from UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund), to develop standards that are agreeable to all organisations in the country that are involved in parenting work. The draft manual was being presented to members of a consortium that brings together all these organisations together, called the Parenting Agenda Consortium.

“We produce many documents and they are shelved,” Irene Ayot Chono, who was speaking on behalf of UNICEF said. “We hope that this document will not be one of them,” she emphasized.

Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.
Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC who presented the draft manual to participants, emphasized that if any organization is doing parenting work, there should be a minimum package that they should offer.

Draft Manual Content

The manual which will have several modules. These modules will be delivered face-to-face in 1.5 hour sessions. Some of these include; Module 6 which will focus on “understanding responsible masculinity and fatherhood” and on “understanding the concept of head of family.”The draft manual also proposed that Module 11 focuses on Parenting in the 21st Century. Some of the sessions in this module will include Children and Technology, Contemporary Influence on Children and Modernity, Culture and Morality.Module 9 will focus on Parenting for Adolescents and some of the suggested sessions within this module are Needs for Adolescents and The Art of Communicating with Adolescents. Module 5 will focus on Preventing Violent Parenting and Promoting Alternative Discipline Strategies while Module 10 will be about Parenting to Address the Mental Health for Children and Adults.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.
Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.

Participants’ suggestions

After the presentation, participants raised several suggestions for discussion and consideration. These included whether there should be a module on spirituality since Uganda is a strongly religious nation. There was also the concern of how children in remand homes should be parented. Another concern raised by a participant was as to whether teachers who make an undeniable contribution to parenting, should be taken through the parenting manual.

A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.
A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.

In her closing remarks, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo, the Director of Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) said that the manual is for the parenting organisations to utilize and not for MGLSD.

The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.
The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.

Ms. Chono also adjured the team behind the manual to use picture illustrations in the manual that can be relatable by the Ugandan parents.

Contact: Agnes Namaganda – agnesvioletnamaganda@gmail.com

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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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