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The Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) Bulletin
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Leveraging capabilities of collaborative research: Team from MIT, D-Lab & RAN to conduct a study on sustained adoption of Clean Cooking products in Soroti – Uganda
 
RAN supported MIT- D-Lab in the IRB processes and approval of the proposal to conduct the study in Soroti. RAN also identified students (via student mailing list) that participated in the Research Study in Soroti for two weeks. The study was aimed at evaluating instruments for measuring sustained adoption and impact from clean cooking technologies such as charcoal briquette fuels introduced through a market-based intervention in Soroti, Uganda.
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Business Modeling and Planning Workshop for the EA RILab Grantees
 
In trying to increase the impact potential of the incubated innovations, the Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (EA RILab) sought to equip innovators by gear-shifting their conscience from only technically appreciating these innovative projects to envisioning them as sustainable businesses. This aspect guided the workshop as the main objective. The Lab therefore with the support of the RAN Secretariat organized and delivered a one day business modeling workshop where Innovators used the Business Model Canvas.
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Quantitative Survey by the EA RI Lab, Uganda
 
It was yet another competitive opportunity receiving over 1, 300 applications for the position of Research Assistants to carry out Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network’s (RAN)  Quantitative Survey in Uganda. Out of these applicants, 60 were shortlisted for interviews at the RAN Office premises from which 40 were selected.
The survey activities started off with an intensive 3 days training of the Research Assistants and Pretesting of Study tools that was conducted in Kawempe Division, Kampala Uganda.
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RAN Innovation Garage hosts the Malaria Control System Project
The 4th Monthly Innovation Garage successfully took place on Friday, September 25, 2015 at the RAN Lab office premises on Plot 30, Upper Kololo Terrace, Kampala Uganda. The Innovation Garage in partnership with the Innovation Consortium Limited aids bringing innovation to life. The Garage, guided by the theme;“Catalyzing Engineering solutions” drives deep thinking by attendees through interactive brainstorm sessions and experimentation to pursue the best prototypes and solutions.
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Taking the 2015 student interns through managing change
 
RAN Internship Program is a tailored program to impart and enhance the various skills into the interns in particular fields; including engineering (software and mechanical), business administration, public relations, social work and science. Social Media and Managing Change were among the activities RAN had in store for the 2015 student interns under the Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab. 
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The 2nd HESN Movie Night at Makerere University Main Hall

Makerere University, School of Public Health – ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) held the 2nd Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN) Student Movie Night on Thursday October 8th  2015 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Makerere University Main Hall – Main Building. It was a pleasure implementing this in collaboration with the Mozilla Uganda Team.

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Ampion Venture Bus stop over and workshop at RAN

Makerere University School of Public Health – ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) Innovation Lab partnered with the AMPION Venture Bus 2015 to host a stop-over event for the young innovators at the RAN Innovation Lab.  It was about 2:46 pm EAT on the rainy afternoon of Saturday October 17, 2015 when the AMPION Venture Bus gracefully entered the gates of Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) Innovation Lab. We welcomed over 54 travellers on the Bus who included rising entrepreneurs, Mentors, Coordinators of the AMPION Venture Bus and partners from GIZ Germany.
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Inter – Disciplinary Engagement in the 1st Social Design Clinic at RAN

Makerere University, School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) launched its very 1st “Social Design Clinic” on Friday October 23, 2015 at the RAN Innovation Lab. The Social Design Clinic driven  by the theme “The role of Social Media in promoting Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) Behavior” provoked deep thinking among attendees through interactive brainstorm sessions and also inspired the participants to propose new approaches on how to harness social media to promote positive sexual reproductive health behavior given that social media has been penetrated by hackers who use it to promote profanity, indecency and to front negative role models and agendas.
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Resilience, Research and Innovation Conference in Djibouti

The Ministry of Higher Education and Research of Djibouti in partnership with FAO, IGAD and other UN agencies has organized an International Resilience, Research and Innovation conference which will be held in Djibouti between October 26-28, 2015.  This conference is intended to take stock of the research involvement towards building resilience for the population of arid and semi-arid land (ASAL)/region as well as to analyse  and discuss some of the key challenges, innovations and research experiences, with the ultimate view of making resilience a true vector of development.
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The 5th RAN Innovation Garage: Catalyzing Engineering Solutions

On Friday, October 30, 2015 Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) celebrated 5 months of successful Garage sessions at the Innovation Lab on Plot 30 Upper Kololo Terrace. These sessions are guided by the theme “Catalyzing Engineering solutions”.
It was a packed session for the 46 participants who attended the 5th Innovation Garage including; RAN staff, student interns, innovators, university students, great engineering experts and mentors.
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AMPION Venture Bus 2015 at RAN; Experiences from a Traveler

When I got a notification from my good friend and colleague from the GIZ office in Bonn asking if I was aware that the Ampion Venture Bus was soon coming to East Africa and If I wanted to join this year’s tour, I paused a little bit…recollected and remembered that a year had gone by since the Venture Bus failed to make it to Kampala on its way to Kigali. “Not again, I told myself and Yes”…I quickly responded. My Ampion journey as well as lessons begun immediately after the call ended.
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