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MCF Graduates urged to become good Ambassadors of the Foundation & Makerere University



By Bernard Buteera

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University urged the Graduates of Mastercard Foundation to become good ambassadors of both the University and the Foundation in their Communities. He made the remarks in a speech read for him by Prof. Umar Kakumba, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, during a colourful function organised to congratulate and honour the 61 graduates of Mastercard of Foundation who just graduated at the 72nd graduation ceremony at Makerere University.

Prof. Nawangwe pointed out that Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University recruits academically excellent but underprivileged students and highly disciplined, therefore he expected them to excel even at their places of work and in their communities.

Prof. Kakumba addressing graduates and their parents at the function.
Prof. Umar Kakumba (2nd R) addressing graduates and their parents at the function.

 “Universities world over thrive from such partnerships and collaborations like Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program for academic and infrastructure development. I, therefore, call upon all stakeholders to support such initiatives, so that we can attract more partnerships of this kind in Uganda and Africa,” he said.

He pledged the support of the University to the Scholars Program, and that he was confident that the partnership between the University and the Foundation would go on for many years to come.

Prof. Kakumba who represented the Vice Chancellor at the function.
Prof. Umar Kakumba represented the Vice Chancellor at the function.

“I thank Mastercard Foundation for its generosity in offering Scholarships to these young people, which enabled them to attain University education, and has made this graduation possible. The University is committed in giving Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program all the support they need, and I call upon all other Stakeholders to support this Program.” Prof. Nawangwe remarked.

On his part, Prof. Umar Kakumba, the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the Scholars Program at Makerere University called upon the graduates to make good use of the knowledge and skills they had acquired to make meaningful contribution in their communities and the country at large.

“Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program is designed to provide the Scholars with holistic support, which includes academic curricular that is relevant to the job market, mentorship, counseling and psychosocial support services, as well as experiential learning through volunteerism, internships and social entrepreneurship; and connections to jobs, graduate internship, and opportunities for further studies through its network of partners. I would like to urge our graduates to tap into the various opportunities that the Scholars Program presents to them both during their stay in the University and even after graduation.” Prof. Kakumba pointed out.

Mr. Adrian Bukenya, the Mastercard Foundation Country Head in Uganda, addressing the gathering.
Mr. Adrian Bukenya (R), the Mastercard Foundation Country Head in Uganda, addressing the gathering.

The Mastercard Foundation country head in Uganda, Mr. Adrian Bukenya, who represented the Foundation at the event, lauded the partnership between the Foundation and Makerere University.

“The Foundation is proud this partnership with Makerere University, which has produced tangible results through these young people who graduating today.” Mr. Bukenya remarked. He further revealed that the Scholars Program at Makerere University was one of the biggest on the African continent, and very visible through what the Scholars were doing in terms engagements within the Scholars Community.

Some of the Mastercard Foundation graduates pose in a group photo
Some of the Mastercard Foundation graduates pose in a group photo

Mr. Bukenya read the message from the President of the Mastercard Foundation, Ms. Reeta Roy, who urged the graduates to go out in the world and try out new things.

“Give yourself permission to have a dream, to try new things, to fail, and to learn. It is permission to move forward without a clearly defined path.  Make mistakes and learn from them. By trying, failing, and learning you will get to know yourself.”Ms. Reeta urged graduates.

Dr. Ruth Biyizinka Musoke addressing the graduates
Dr. Ruth Biyizinka Musoke addressing the graduates

The Chief Guest at the function, Dr. Ruth Biyinzika Musoke, the Director, Skills Development at the Private Sector Foundation Uganda, urged graduates to lower their expectations as they venture out in the world of work. She cautioned them against expecting quick financial gains, emphasising that they would rather seek to gain real work experience and skills.

“My dear graduates, you are entering the job market at the time when the industry is recovering from challenges posed by COVID19, therefore lower your expectations. Do not expect to get those high paying jobs immediately; rather seek to gain real work experience from any job opportunity, however small that job may be.” Dr. Musoke said.

Dr. Musoke remarked that the Private Sector Foundation Uganda was proud to be associated with Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, and pledged to support the 61 graduates in finding placements for graduate internship and even jobs.

Dr. Justine Namaalwa adressing the graduates during their graduation ceremony.
Dr. Justine Namaalwa adressing the graduates during their graduation ceremony.

Dr. Justine Namaalwa, the Program Coordinator of the Scholars Program at Makerere University, congratulated the 61 Graduates, Class of 2022, and thanked them for contributing to the realization of the overall goal of Mastercard Foundation, which is;“To Educate and Empower the next Generation of African Leaders”

Dr. Namaalwa revealed that the Scholars Program had so far recruited and educated 1,032 Scholars, surpassing the earlier target of recruiting 1,000 Scholars, of which 496 Scholars had successfully completed their academic programs and graduated.

She applauded Mastercard Foundation and Makerere University for the partnership, which had transformed the lives of many young people, through offering them quality university education.

Graduates join Dr. Ruth Biyinzika Musoke, Prof. Umar Kakumba and Mr. Adrian Bukenya in the cake cutting ceremony.
Graduates join Dr. Ruth Biyinzika Musoke, Prof. Umar Kakumba and Mr. Adrian Bukenya in the cake cutting ceremony.

“Today we are proud that out of 1,032 Youth that have been supported by the Program, up to 435 graduated by May 2021, and we are again proud to add another 61 bringing the mark of 496 (48%) Graduates of Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.” Dr. Namaalwa pointed out.

On their part, the graduates who were represented by their two colleagues, Mr. Sylas Ruhweza, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Geoscience and Production, and Ms. Angelique Iradukunda, who graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, thanked the Foundation and the University for making their education dream a reality.

Mr. Sylas Ruhweza (L) and Ms. Angeligue Iradukunda (R) addressing the gathering on behalf of their colleagues.
Mr. Sylas Ruhweza (L) and Ms. Angeligue Iradukunda (R) addressing the gathering on behalf of their colleagues.

“To Mastercard Foundation and Makerere University that have immensely blessed us and bestowed education upon us through the most prestigious scholarship globally, we cannot thank you well enough. The best gift we can give in return is to hold another young person’s hand and support to get an education, which is the best investment anyone can ever give to another person.” The Scholars pledged.

The colourful function was held on 28th May 2022 at Hotel African in Kampala and attended by the graduates of Mastercard Foundation together with their Parents and Guardians. This was the 5th graduation ceremony of the Scholars Program at Makerere, the first one having been held in 2018.

Bernard Buteera is the communications Officer of Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University.


HERS-EA Seventh Academy



Participants listen to Prof. Maggie Kigozi deliver her keynote address at the HERS-EA Sixth Academy on 3rd July 2023. Photo: Twitter/@HadjahBadr. Grand Global Hotel, Makerere Kikoni, Kampala Uganda. East Africa.


Higher Education Resource Services, East Africa (HERS-EA) Academy provides an intensive leadership and management development curriculum which equips women with skills needed to advance their personal career development and successfully navigate the institutional environment where they operate. The goal of the HERS-EA training is to raise the proportion of women in leadership and management positions in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Eastern Africa (Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Uganda).

The program is focused on managing and leading change, human resource development and institutional effectiveness. The Academy prepares every participant to strengthen and expand her leadership skills by working closely with HERS-EA resource persons and staff. Participants will find the Academy to be a safe environment to share confidential matters.

Following six previous successful Academies, the Seventh HERS-EA ACADEMY will be offered in a one-week blended (virtual and in-person) format (July 19 – 25, 2024), we hope you can be part of the success story. This Academy will be a special one because we expect to be joined by collaborative researchers from USA, it will be part of the 10th Anniversary and it will be hosted by Gulu University in Northern Uganda. It will also include an excursion to a refugee camp, to generate further collaborative research ideas and another, to Murchison Falls National Park, for our wellbeing and reflection session; you won’t want to miss it!

Theme: “Rethinking Women Leadership for the 21st Century

Please see Downloads below for details and the application form.

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UNAFRI: Post of Deputy Director-General



United Nations African Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFRI) Office, Nakawa Kampala Uganda, East Africa. Photo: UNAFRI.

The United Nations African Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFRI) Uganda Office invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for the Post of Deputy Director-General.

Level: Senior Level, Full-time staff position

Salary Scale: P5/I – UNAFRI Salary Scale

Duration: Initially, four (4) years

Nationality: Candidates shall exclusively be nationals of Uganda.

Closing Date: 30th April 2024

Contact for inquiries: See detailed Advert below

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Call For Abstracts: Evidence to Action 2024 Conference



Call for Abstracts: Evidence to Action Conference, 22nd - 26th July 2024, Accra, Ghana.

THEME: Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation


The International Centre for Evaluation and Development (ICED), the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Markets, Risk and Resilience (MRR) of the University of California at Davis in conjunction with the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) and other partners are organizing the 6th Evidence to Action Conference and Exhibition in Ghana at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), Auditorium, University of Ghana, from 22nd to 26th July 2024 comprising two days of pre-conference events/side events and the three-day conference and exhibition.


The conference would have the following specific objectives, revolving around Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation:

  1. Knowledge Sharing: The conference will facilitate the exchange of knowledge, research, and best practices in resilience and climate change adaptation. By bringing together leading experts in the field, we aim to create a platform for idea generation and knowledge sharing.
  2. Networking: The conference will provide an opportunity for participants to network and build connections with professionals from various industries, organizations, and regions. By fostering collaboration and partnerships, we aim to strengthen the global resilience community and promote innovative solutions.
  3. Policy Dialogue: The conference will provide a platform for policymakers, government representatives, and stakeholders to engage in meaningful discussions on climate change adaptation policies. By fostering dialogue and collaboration between policymakers and experts, we aim to contribute to the development of evidence-based policies that support resilience and sustainability.
  4. Innovation and Technology: The conference will focus on showcasing innovative and technological solutions that can support resilience and adaptation to climate change. By highlighting advancements in technology, such as renewable energy systems, resilient infrastructure, and early warning systems, we aim to stimulate innovation and drive transformative change.
  5. Capacity Strengthening: The conference will enhance the knowledge and skills of participants in resilience and climate change adaptation. Through workshops, training sessions, and presentations by experts, we aim to equip participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to adapt to the evolving climate challenges.
  6. Collaboration and Action: The conference will foster collaboration and action among participants to address climate change resilience and adaptation challenges. By facilitating partnerships, collaboration initiatives, and project proposals, we aim to translate knowledge and ideas into actions that contribute to building resilient communities and ecosystems.


The conference will bring together a high caliber of experts, government actors, policymakers, research institutions, academia, civic society organizations, international NGOs, United Nations Agencies, private sector organizations and industry, global business leaders and entrepreneurs, and the media.


The main theme of the conference is, “Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation”. The theme explores the linkages and synergies between two key concepts essential for addressing climate change impacts, especially in Africa. It highlights questions such as: How can climate change adaptation enhance resilience to current and future climate risks? What barriers and enablers are for effective and inclusive adaptation and resilience building? How can adaptation and resilience contribute to sustainable development and human well-being in a changing climate? How can evidence and evaluation inform and improve adaptation and resilience policies and practices?

4.1 Sub-Themes

The sub-themes of the conference are highlighted below:

  1. Artificial Intelligence, advanced digital tools and technological innovations
  2. Adaptation methods and climate resilient infrastructure
  3. Climate and Disaster Risk Finance and Insurance (CDRFI)
  4. Intersectionality and climate justice
  5. Youth and climate change
  6. Climate policy, governance, and systemic change
  7. Agricultural innovations for climate change adaptation and resilience


  1. Online submission of abstracts starts 19th Feb
  2. Submission of abstracts ends 30th April
  3. Notification on acceptance of abstracts 15th May
  4. Deadline for registration and payment of fees 30th June
  5. Receipt of PowerPoint presentations and soft copy of the poster presentation 15th July


The abstract should be at most 500 words in MS Word and double-spaced using Times New Roman fonts 12 pt. It should include the study’s purpose, methodology, summary of findings/results, conclusion, and significance/contribution of the study. The abstract should be written in English. They should be submitted electronically to: If you have more than one submission, they must be individually submitted. We are accepting submissions for:

1. Short paper presentations

Papers are intended to generate discussion and therefore should be based on a recently completed evaluation, with the aim of clarifying issues in evaluation theory and proposing new and innovative evaluation paradigms. Paper proposals should indicate:

  • Title of the paper
  • Name, title and institutional affiliation of presenting author
  • Email and telephone contact of presenting author
  • Papers must be allocated to a specific Sub-theme.

2. Breakout session panel discussions

Breakout sessions will include multiple panelists and a moderator and will be used to present multiple contributions or perspectives under a single topic. In your submission, please:

  • Identify the key point of contact for the organization of the panel
  • In the abstract field, please indicate the contribution of each proposed panelist, and the proposed panel moderator/facilitator.

3. Short poster presentations

An exhibition of posters during the evaluation week will be provided. As such, posters with images and text will be required for display in a designated space. Posters will be expected to depict an evaluation study including key questions asked, methodology, data, findings, recommendations, and conclusions. Posters will be displayed during the conference, and presenters must be available to respond to questions about the poster on display. Accepted Poster presentations will be displayed in the exhibition hall during the conference. Posters should measure approximately 0.95 m in width and 1.5 m in height. Poster presenters are advised to submit a hard copy of their posters to the secretariat a day before/on the first day of the conference. Proposals for poster presentation must include:

  • Title of the poster
  • Name, title, and institutional affiliation of the presenting author
  • Email and telephone contact of presenting author


For more information about the conference, abstract submissions, participation and registration, applicable fees, hosting a pre-conference session/side event, please visit our website or email

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