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Tackling Challenges to Scale Summit Oct to Nov 2019, Mukono, Uganda

Peter Dysmus (left) of Solar Freeze, a 2019 MIT D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellow. Photo credit: MIT D-Lab

What does it take to overcome critical barriers to scale for entrepreneurs?

In a week-long program that promises to be exciting, a group of entrepreneurs and entrepreneur supporters from East Africa and around the world will convene in Mukono, Uganda from October 27th to November 2nd to collectively discuss this very question.

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That Life-Changing Summit: IDDS Uganda 2019

Faith Kathoka (left, blog author) and Pamela Silva (right, MIT D-Lab alumna) testing the Mama Makana, one of the prototypes. Photo: Abinav Dey Source: MIT D-Lab

The International Development Design Summit (IDDS) Uganda 2019: Transforming Household Livelihoods took place from August 21 to September 7, 2019, with 28 participants and 18 organizers from 11 countries. Among the organizers and participants were MIT D-Lab Founding Director Amy Smith and two D-Lab students, Sandy Walter and Megan Ochalek.

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Kampala Geopolitics Conference 2019 Programme Released

[L-R] Gerald Odil-Alliance Francaise Kampala, Dr. Maxime Houinato-UN Women Uganda, Ambassador of France to Uganda H.E Jules-Armand Aniambossou, Dr. Muhammad Kiggundu Musoke-Makerere University, Winnie Watera-Reach a Hand Uganda and Mathias Kamp-Konrad Adenauer-Stiftung at a Press Conference on 2nd October 2019, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

The partners organising the Second Kampala Geopolitics Conference on Wednesday 2nd October, 2019 officially released the programme for the two-day event scheduled to take place on 17th and 18th October 2019. The release follows the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony on 31st July 2019 between partners; the Embassy of France in Uganda, Makerere University, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Uganda and South Sudan, UN Women Uganda, Alliance Francaise de Kampala and Reach A Hand Uganda.

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Congratulations to Halima Nakaayi

Halima Nakaayi reacts after crossing the finishing line in the IAAF Women's 800m final in Doha on Monday 30th September 2019. Halima set a new national record of 1:58.04 ahead of American duo Raevyn Rogers (Silver) and Ajee Wilson (Bronze). Photo Credit:AFP/New Vision

I congratulate Halima Nakaayi upon winning the 800 meters race in Doha. You have made Uganda proud.

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Installation of Modern Furniture for CTF 1 & 2

The Main Entrance of the Central Teaching Facility 1 (CTF 1) located along University Road, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda as seen on 3rd May 2018

I am glad to inform students and staff that supply and installation of modern furniture for the new Buildings; Central Teaching Facility 1 & 2 (CTF 1 & 2) commenced today, 1st October 2019 and will end on Sunday 6th October 2019. Items include; 4850 student chairs with adjustable writing pads as well as 50 and 80 Cafeteria tables and chairs respectively.

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Thank You Ambassador Lindgarde and the People of Sweden

L-R: The Swedish Ambassador to Uganda-H.E. Per Lindgärde, Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe and Director DRGT-Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi take a walk during the Mak-Sweden Bilateral Research Programme Annual Planning Meeting, 30th September 2019, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

I thank H.E Ambassador Per Lindgärde for personally attending the 2019 annual review of the Makerere Research Program supported by the Government of Sweden. The program has doubled the number of PhDs and trebled the number of professors at Makerere University. Thank you the People of Sweden.

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Meeting on Research Translation with ICED Delegation

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (Centre) shakes hands with Dr. Ekwaro A. Obuku (2nd Right) as Left to Right: Dr. David Ameyaw, Dr. David Owiny and Prof. Charles Ibingira witness during the meeting on research translation, 1st October 2019, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

I have held an interesting meeting on translation of research with a team comprising of Dr. David Ameyaw President and CEO, International Center for Evaluation and Development (ICED), Prof Charles Ibingira, Principal College of Health Sciences (CHS) and President of the Uganda Medical Association (UMA), Dr. Ekwaro A. Obuku. Makerere University will fully participate in the conference on research translation in July next year in Kampala.

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Message on 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China

The Chinese Ambassador to Uganda-H.E. Zheng ZhuQiang (L) introduces one of the leaders of the Shaanxi Provincial Acrobatic Art Troupe (R) to the Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities-Hon. Ephraim Kamuntu (2nd L) and the Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (2nd R) during the Chinese New Year Acrobatic Show, 26th January 2019, Freedom Square, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

On this occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, I congratulate H.E. Ambassador Zheng Zhuqiang and the entire Chinese community in Uganda. The friendship between Makerere University and Chinese institutions is set to grow stronger for mutual benefit.

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Amb. Lindgarde Lauds Govt UGX30Bn Support to Mak Research

Swedish Ambassador-H.E. Per Lindgärde (6th Left), Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (5th R), ED UIRI-Prof. Charles Kwesiga (4th R), Dr. Gity Behravan (6th R), Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi (3rd R) with PIs and other officials at the Mak-Sida Annual Review Meeting, 30th September 2019, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

The Ambassador of Sweden to Uganda, H.E. Per Lindgärde has lauded the Government of Uganda’s recent allocation of UGX30Billion to support research at Makerere University, noting that this was a “testimony of recognizing the critical role that home-grown research plays in the development of Uganda as articulated in the NDP (National Development Plan) and Vision 2040.”

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EfD-Mak Conducts Training on Environmental Valuation, Evaluation and Accounting

Dr. Bruno Yawe, the Deputy Principal CoBAMS (Left) officially opens the EfD-Mak Centre workshop on 27th September 2019, CoBAMS Conference Room, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

Over 80 participants turned up for training on Environmental Valuation, Evaluation and Accounting organized by the Environment for Development Initiative (EfD-Mak) Centre.

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