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Project Financial Management Workshop Underscores Value for Money in Grants Administration

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Participants have at the close of the four-day project financial management workshop been urged to always ensure value for the money in the management of public funds. “All funds and resources belong to the University. All grants should be declared, monies received should be used for the intended purpose and must be accounted for” emphasised Mr. Gyaviira Lubowa, Manager Accounts and Reporting, in the Directorate of Finance, Makerere University.  

The workshop was held from Wednesday 23rd to Friday 25th and Monday 28th March, 2022 at Makerere University.  During this intense training, participants covered the following areas:  Understanding the Grants and Administration Policy, Role of the Grants Administration and Management Support Unit (GAMSU), Project Management Planning, Execution and Reporting, Procurement and Contract management, Monitoring and Evaluation of Government Projects, Project Financial Management and developing of an efficient and effective database.

At the same workshop, participants commended the inclusion of Principal Investigators who are the focal persons in grants management and administration. They appealed for more sensitization workshops targeting Colleges and Research Units to ensure that everyone is brought on board.

The workshop facilitator BVL Consultants defined Project Financial Management as a process aimed at ensuring efficient and effective stewardship of resources for the intended purposes, with the ultimate goal of achieving the project’s development objectives in a sustainable manner. The consultant further emphasised that a project should have a clear date of commencement and conclusion, as well as clear deliverables.

The Ag. DVCFA Prof. Henry Alinaitwe addresses participants at the close of the four-day workshop.
The Ag. DVCFA Prof. Henry Alinaitwe addresses participants at the close of the four-day workshop.

In line with the definition of project financial management, the establishment of GAMSU is a clear demonstration by the University Council’s and Management’s commitment to ensuring that Makerere abides by the laws governing public finances, particularly section 44 of the Public Finance Management Act, 2015.

To help facilitate this process, GAMSU is in the process of developing a Project Database Management System. Addressing participants during the workshop’s closing ceremony, the GAMSU Head of Finance, Mr. George Turyamureeba noted that management of grants should strictly adhere to procurement rules, procedures and regulations. He stressed that disclosure of projects is very important going forward, to ensure that Makerere abides by the law and provides the environment conducive for research to thrive.

Prior to inviting the Acting (Ag.) Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration)-DVCFA, Prof. Henry Alinaitwe to deliver his remarks, the Head GAMSU, Prof. Grace Bantebya Kyomuhendo acknowledged that the Unit has been able to make strides in the two months of operation, thanks to the great support from the University leadership.

“We are moving very fast because we have the commitment of Council and the commitment of Management. The Government is also interested in us as the premier University” remarked Prof. Bantebya Kyomuhendo.

Prof. Grace Bantebya Kyomuhendo, the Head Grants Administration and Management Support Unit (GAMSU).
Prof. Grace Bantebya Kyomuhendo, the Head Grants Administration and Management Support Unit (GAMSU).

Earlier, the Head GAMSU had presented the proposed outline of GAMSU’s Project Database Management System. She encouraged Principal Investigators to always add their consortia and collaborating partners, as they are key incentives for attracting even more funders.

Prof. Henry Alinaitwe in his remarks thanked the Directorate of Finance and GAMSU for organizing the workshop, which comes at a time when the University Management is working on improvements to prudently support grants administration and management.

“This training in Financial Management for project staff is timely and in line with the provisions of the University Grants Administration and Management Policy which was approved by Council in 2020. Compliance with the Policy is not by choice but a yardstick by which all project activities shall be measured” he remarked.

The Ag. DVCFA thanked BVL Consultants for facilitating the training and pledged to continue supporting all efforts aimed at fully implementing the GAMSU policy, including workshops aimed at ensuring that the role of GAMSU is fully appreciated by all staff in the University.

Prof. Alinaitwe concluded by requesting all participants to put financial management systems in place, respond to user queries promptly with the reassurance that GAMSU isn’t coming to take away funding from units but rather, ensure that Makerere achieves her objective of being research-led.

Mr. Gyaviira Lubowa addresses participants during the workshop.
Mr. Gyaviira Lubowa addresses participants during the workshop.

Delivering the closing remarks, Mr. Gyaviira Lubowa congratulated participants upon successfully concluding the training noting that they would be awarded certificates. He thanked Prof. Bantebya Kyomuhendo for being extremely supportive of the four-day training through her active participation in the different sessions.

Contributions from the audience called for involvement of research project support functions namely Finance, Grants and Procurement at all stages of the application process to ensure that the grant writing teams incorporate all the mandatory costs and procedures.  

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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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