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Academicians and Policy Makers Skilled on Triple Dividends of Building Resilience

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A team from the World Resource Institute (WRI), University Network, SOASS University of London delivered a seminar on the Triple Dividend of Building Resilience as full benefits of Climate Change Adaptation.

Senior Fellow WRI Prof. Carter Brandon and the Deputy Director, Centre for Sustainable Finance SOAS University of London  Harald  Heubaum  were in Uganda on the invitation of the EfD Mak Centre Makerere University to  deliver on the topic,” The Triple Dividends of Resilience: Assessing the full benefits of Adaptation Investments”.

 Thirty (30) participants drawn from the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (largely from the Newly established Climate Finance Unit), Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, the National Environment Management Authority, National Planning Authority, Academia, IGE fellows and post graduate students attended the workshop.

The workshop was officially, opened on 7th July 2023 by the Director EfD-Mak Centre who is also the team leader of the Resilience and Adaptation Mainstreaming Program (RAMP) at Makerere University represented by Peter Babyenda.

Mr. Babyenda is the IGE Policy Engagement Specialist at EfD-Mak Centre. He  emphasized the importance of building resilience especially in Uganda given that majority of the people depend on rain-fed agriculture and nature that is highly susceptible to climate change and its effects.

He welcomed the team to Makerere University expressing the center’s readiness to cooperate and train the public and private practitioners on issues of climate change adaptation, financing, modeling and risk management.

Participants were retooled on elements and importance of Climate Change adaptation; Costs and benefits of adaptation; Cost of benefit analysis of adaptation to climate change; the need for behavioral change and the risk of analysis and management. 

Mr. Peter Babyenda making the opening remarks

Prof. Carter Brandon explained that mitigation is concerned with applying measures to avoid the occurrence of climate change, while adaptation involves measures taken to cope up or minimize the effects of climate change.

He outlined the major elements of adaptation as, “Reduce and Prevent, Prepare, and Respond and finally, Restore and Recover.

The full advantage of adaptation according to Prof. Carter is   categorized as “the triple dividends of adaptation”.  The advantages include: avoided losses in form of saved lives, assets and crops; induced economic benefits in form of reduced flood risks, lower financial costs and increased crop yields.

Other advantages of adaptation he said, include social and environmental benefits in form of nature based flood protection, increased biodiversity protection, improved air and water quality, improved health and recreation, mangrove protection and improved fisheries and forestry.

Prof. Carter asked for support and the need to train the government and all stake holders involved in adaptation decision making in areas of finance, modelling, budgeting and risk management.

Prof. Carter Brandon presenting during the seminar

Harald Heubaum noted that   many countries do not consider full benefits of adaptation due to lack of expertise. This he said leads to under report the benefits associated with adaptation which also affects adaptation choices in those countries.

He said, the university network intends to partner with universities across the globe to train decision and policy makers on how to calculate adaptation benefits including modelling, financing and risk management.

A  call  Harald said will  soon be shared so that several local case studies are compiled to help in training. The training was welcomed by all participants on reason that it will improve adaptation ranking globally.

Harald Heubaum presenting during the workshop

Closing the workshop, the Ag. Coordinator of RAMP at Makerere University Dr. Nick Kilimani appreciated the participants for being active and the Ministry of Finance for taking lead on the issues of climate change adaptation financing.

The Assistant Commissioner, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development Uganda Dr. Sam Mugume said, government has prioritized adaptation activities in the country.

He reported that in addition to setting up an independent Climate Finance Unit to handle adaptation and climate change related financing, government has put aside money for clean agricultural adaptation in form of buying solar powered irrigation pumps as a way of adaptation to the changing climate in the country among other measures.

Dr. Sam Mugume  (in white) speaking during the meeting.

  Closing the workshop, the Ag.  Coordinator of RAMP at Makerere University Dr. Nick Kilimani appreciated the participants for being active and the Ministry of Finance for taking lead on the issues of climate change adaptation financing

Dr. Nick Kilimani (2nd Right) closing the workshop

A full paper that was presented can be accessed via:

https://www.wri.org/research/triple-dividend-building-climate-resilience-taking-stock-moving-forward#:~:text=The%20triple%20dividend%20of%20resilience,third%20dividend)%20of%20adaptation%20actions.
Article Written by  Peter  Babyenda  and edited by Jane Anyango

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Re-advertisement: Undergraduate Programmes 2024/2025

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A section of the University Road

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites applications from Ugandan, East African, and international applicants for the undergraduate programmes under Government Sponsorship (BVL) and private sponsorship scheme for the 2024/2025 Academic Year.

Each applicant should:

a) Have the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) with at least five passes, or its equivalent and at least two principal passes at Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) obtained at the same sitting. For day programmes only candidates who sat A’ Level in 2023,2022 and 2020 are eligible to apply. For evening, afternoon, and external programmes, a candidate is not restricted on the year of sitting A’ Level.

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d) Degree from a recognised/Chartered Institution

Further details on the re-advertised programmes , fees structure, and the procedure of submitting applications can be accessed from the document below:                                            

The closing date for receiving applications for undergraduate admissions is Friday 26th July 2024.                                                           

WARNING:                                                             

  1. Applicants are strongly warned against presenting forged or other people’s academic documents to support their applications for admission.  The consequences, if discovered, are very grave indeed.
  2. Do not buy any other documents not originating from the Academic Registrar’s Office.  Those who buy them do so at their own risk. 
  3. The Academic Registrar has not appointed any agent to act on his behalf to solicit for additional funds other than the application fee stated above.    
  4. Applicants are advised to use the right programme names and codes. The university will not be responsible for any wrong information entered in the system by applicants.     

Prof. Mukadasi Buyinza
ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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Freshers’ Orientation and Registration For 2024/2025 Academic Year

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To All First Year Students;
First Year students (Freshers) are by tradition given an “acclimatization” period of one week
which is referred to as the “Orientation Week”. The Freshers report on Campus one week
earlier than the Continuing students and during this week they are introduced to the key facilities in the University as well as other important aspects of life at the University.

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Admission Lists -Disability, Sports and District Quota Schemes 2024/25

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The Office of Academic Registrar, Makerere University has released the admission list of candidates admitted under the Disability, Sports and District Quota Schemes with Government sponsorship 2024/25 Academic Year.

Kindly follow the links below to access the lists:-

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