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Climate Change Research Capacity Building Workshop
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Climate Change Research Capacity Building Workshop

The Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST) hosted the third and final workshop piloted under the “CAAST-Net Plus Climate Change Research Capacity Platform”, in Kampala, Uganda, from 22-24 March 2017. [Image credit: CAAST-Net Plus]

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Workshop on Climate Change Research Capacity in Uganda
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Workshop on Climate Change Research Capacity in Uganda

Early career researchers in East Africa are invited to participate in a workshop on Africa-EU climate change research and human health in Kampala, Uganda, from 22-24 March 2017. [Image credit: Flickr, CIAT]

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Funding Windfall for Ugandan, Swedish Universities
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Funding Windfall for Ugandan, Swedish Universities

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An agreement signed by Uganda and Sweden will see a total of 16 universities in the two countries collaborate to enhance research capacity, boost research uptake and increase local development in Uganda, a SciDev.net article reports. The five year deal is worth close to €30 million, the article reports, and funding will be awarded to five Ugandan universities and eleven Swedish partners. “Researchers will delve into subjects such as governance, social protection, climate change, infectious diseases, food security, communication technology, gender, sexuality, religion and ethics,” Urban Andersson, the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, told SciDev.net. The funds will also support academic training through masters, doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships. Universities involved in the deal include: Makerere University, Kyambogo University and Mbarara University of Science and Technology (from Uganda); and Uppsala University and the Karolinska Institutet (from Sweden). [Image credit: Flickr, CIAT]

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Africa Day for Food and Nutrition Security
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Africa Day for Food and Nutrition Security

The sixth Africa Day for Food and Nutrition Security will be observed from 28-30 October in Kampala, Uganda. [Image credit: Flickr, IITA]

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EU Recognises Uganda’s MDG Performance
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EU Recognises Uganda’s MDG Performance

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The European Union has disbursed €21.7 million in general budget support to the Government of Uganda, according to a release by the Delegation of the European Union to Uganda. “The payment rewards Uganda for keeping a favourable macro-economic environment in the past years, characterised by low and stable inflation and resilient growth rates,” the release says. “The EU support also rewards the decrease in absolute poverty, with Uganda one of few countries to have halved extreme poverty (MDG 1) already before the 2015 MDG deadline. Progress in school enrolment rates (MDG 2), girls' education (MDG 3), immunisation rates and drugs supply (MDGs 4, 5 and 6) also informed the EU decision to disburse.” [Image credit: Flickr, DFID]

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Uganda to Host Innovation Africa 2015
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Uganda to Host Innovation Africa 2015

The theme of the fifth Innovation Africa summit, which takes place in Kampala later in the year, is “Developing African Skills for the 21st Century”. It is the “most desirable event to attend for ministers of education, higher education, ICT, science & research,” according to the event’s website. The event is co-organised by African Brains, an education and technology information network, and Uganda’s Ministry of Education and Sports. The event promises to bring together over 400 delegates, including senior government officials from 30 African countries. Registration for private sector delegates and sponsors is currently open. [Image credit: Flickr, Erik (HASH) Hersman]

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The Entebbe Forum: Findings and Recommendations
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The Entebbe Forum: Findings and Recommendations

CAAST-Net Plus is pleased to present "Findings and Recommendations for Decision-makers" from its first stakeholder forum held in Entebbe, Uganda, last November. [Image credit: CAAST-Net Plus]

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Results from Uganda-Sweden Health Research Partnership
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Results from Uganda-Sweden Health Research Partnership

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SciDevNet journalist Esther Nakkazi has highlighted results from a longstanding bi-regional partnership between Makerere University in Uganda and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Writes Nakkazi: “Over the past ten years, 44 PhD students have graduated through the partnership, and more than 500 joint peer-reviewed articles have been published, most with a Ugandan as a first author, the study says.” Funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the purpose of the partnership was to “strengthen the collaboration between senior researchers, facilitate staff development, improve administrative procedures, and foster internationalisation at both universities,” the initiative’s Memorandum of Understanding says. The results are fully documented in an article accessible at this link: http://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.1001784. [Image credit: Flickr, Sweggs]

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