RESILIENT AFRICA NETWORK
The ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) funded by USAID is a partnership of 20 African universities in 16 countries. It is led by Makerere University in Uganda with Tulane University’s Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy, Stanford University and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) as partners. RAN is one of eight development labs under the in the office of Science and Technology (OST), USAID. The RAN program is led by Prof. William Bazeyo, Dean Makerere University School Of Public Health and the .
RAN will strengthen the resilience of communities by nurturing and scaling innovations from the different universities. It will apply science and technology to strengthen the resilience of African communities against natural and man-made stresses. Its objectives are to:
§ Design and operationalize a scientific, data-driven and evidence-based resilience framework for Sub-Saharan Africa that builds on the resources already engaged through the RAN.
§ Strengthen resilience at the individual, household and community levels through innovative technologies and approaches to development, which will be identified, incubated, tested and scaled through the RAN, in collaboration with its partners.
§ Enhance resilience-related knowledge and share it globally, engaging students, faculty, staff, and development experts from around the world to collaborate on solving resilience related problems.
Development and humanitarian aid have been historically addressed on a project-by-project basis within different sectors including health, education, and agriculture among others. Although these efforts have saved lives and met immediate program objectives, they have not increased the capacity of affected populations to withstand future shocks and stresses.
RAN will hence adopt a resilience based approach to programming that provides a framework for analyzing resilience and enables people to discover how to be more resilient to shocks and stresses.
To achieve this, RAN will engage a wide network of students and faculty members in improving well-being through generating local innovative solutions to specific development challenges in African communities.
made shocks and stresses.
Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) is a non-governmental organization initiated in May 2000 by several women’s organizations in Uganda to develop the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) among women as tools to share information and address issues collectively.
WOUGNET’s mission is to promote and support the use of ICTs by women and women organizations in Uganda, so that they can take advantage of the opportunities presented by ICTs in order to effectively address national and local problems of sustainable development. The new ICTs, in particular, email and the Internet facilitate communication with one another and the international community. Indeed, access to information about best practices, appropriate technologies, ideas and problems of other groups working on similar concerns have been identified as critical information and communication needs of women organisations in Africa.
While our emphasis is directed towards Internet technologies, we are also interested in how these technologies can be integrated with traditional means of information exchange and dissemination including radio, video, television and print media. Our goal is to improve conditions of life for women by enhancing their capacities and opportunities for exchange, collaboration and information sharing.
· Information Sharing and Networking
· Technical Support
· Gender and ICT Policy Advocacy
Through the programs above, WOUGNET expects to make a significant contribution to the use of ICTs in Uganda that is in line with the national vision of “a knowledge-based Uganda where national development and good governance are sustainably enhanced and accelerated by timely and secure access to information and efficient application of ICT”. WOUGNET’s key funding partners since inception include Association for Progressive Communications (APC ), Dimitra Project/FAO, Global Fund for Women , Hivos, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP EU (CTA), and the United Nations Development Program, Pro-poor access options (UNDP)
It is a group of young girls under the mentorship of Ms.Nodumo .The group is aimed at inspiring young girls in tech to in turn inspire others so as to build a network of women in tech.
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Women Passion Program is a learning program that is equipping girls in Uganda with programming and entrepreneurship skills.
It is a community based program seeking to train up to 100 girls and envisions a section of women entrepreneurs that address the problems in their communities with technology.
For more info: www.wopa.outbox.co.ug
AfriGal Tech is a team of software engineers who are passionate about creating innovative software solutions for the African community.
Region Universities Forum is consortium of 46 African universities operating within 22 countries.
It largely addresses unfulfilled role that universities play in contributing to the well-being of small scale farmers and economic development of counties throughout the Sub- Saharan region.
For more info: www.ruforum.org
This is an all-round blog by Patricia Kahill. She is a social Media content Marketer and development practitioner. She is enthusiastic about technology
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