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It is always fulfilling to share with you a collection of stories on events, knowledge generation and sharing opportunities, open challenges among others from Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN). Shared below are updates for the month of March 2016. Moving to scale, join the US Global Development Lab, and partners to further support the development of Solutions through Innovation to address communities’ most pressing challenges that present in the form of shocks and stresses.  Access the  innovation profiles here and full stories through the Full Story button on this Bulletin.

“Solutions through Innovation”

Enjoy reading! 

 The RAN Team


Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (EA RI Lab) visits University of Rwanda in Kigali – Rwanda on March 02-04, 2016

ResilientAfrica Network (RAN), through the Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (EA RI Lab) in partnership with the University of Rwanda (UR) hosted a jam packed Innovation Boot Camp from 2nd – 4th March 2016 at College of Medicine and Health Sciences. The event which attracted multidisciplinary faculty, students and community members (10 faculty, 82 students, 4 Community) was guided by the theme: “Resilient Communities through university led Innovations”.

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First Innovation Advisory Board Engagement for HoA RI Lab held at Monarch Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The Horn of Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (HoA RI Lab) based at Jimma University conducted its first Innovation Advisory Board Engagement Workshop at Monarch Hotel in Addis Ababa, on March 5, 2016.
The main objectives of the workshop were to inform the members about RAN-HoA RI Lab Structures, Objectives, Key Strategies, and Resilience Programs, as well as to consult them on ways of accelerating the intervention projects so as to ensure positive impact potentials in the target communities. The workshop involved six Advisory Board Members, the focal person from Bule Hora University (BHU) and four of the core staff members facilitated the workshop.
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Engaging Students on Innovation In Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Horn of Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (HoA RI Lab) based at Jimma University conducted a Student Engagement Workshop at Addis Ababa University, School of Public Health, on March 6, 2016.

The main objectives of the workshop were to inform Addis Ababa University students and faculty about RAN-HoA RI Lab Structures, Objectives, Key Strategies, and Resilience Programs, as well as to initiate their active participation in the resilience innovation grants competitions and other opportunities open to RAN affiliated universities in Africa. It was also an opportunity to provide support to innovators and ultimately ensure that the innovations register positive impact in the target communities.

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RAN4Girls Movie Night

In a bid to accelerate female participation in Innovation, Science, Technology and the Technovation Challenge, the doors to the ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) opened to all participants who joined the network for the RAN4Girls movie night. This was during the hot evening of Friday March 11, 2016 at the Eastern African Resilience Innovation Lab (EA RI Lab).
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RAN’s Matibabu Innovation Team wins Euros 25,000!

One of RAN’s incubates Matibabu Innovation Team has continued to pillar the Science, Technology and Innovation arena among others. On March 14 2016, the Matibabu team had yet another opportunity to pitch at the Merck Innovation Center for a prospect of an accelerator program. Represented by two team members, Josiah Kavuma (Lead Developer) and Shafik Sekitto (Business Analysist), the team emerged Pitch Winners scooping a partnership with Merck Accelerator Program 2016.

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2nd Innovation Advisory Board meeting for the RAN Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab

Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN)  Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab  (EA RI Lab) hosted the 2nd Innovations Advisory Board meeting on Wednesday March 16, 2016 at the RAN Innovation Lab on Plot 30 Upper Kololo Terrace, Kampala Uganda.The meeting which was held from 9:20 am to 1:00 pm EAT brought together 10 multidisciplinary board members with representation from National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO), Bank of Uganda, National Information Technology Authority (NITA), Grofin, Makerere University, Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA), Uganda Communications Commission and Nation Council of Science and Technology among others.
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Agha Khan Development Network’s (AKDN) Civil Society visit to RAN

On March 17, 2016 at 2:30 pm EAT members from the Agha Khan Development Network’s (AKDN) Civil Society, including the Director Nick McKinlay and Agha Khan Foundation (AKF) Uganda Country Director Akim Okuni visited Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) in Kampala Uganda. After reaching out to the RAN team highlighting that they are interested in the work RAN is undertaking, they visited the RAN Innovation and Design lab at Makerere University. In addition to visiting the lab, they met with some of the RAN Leadership to learn more about the upcoming Network plans and flesh out possible areas for partnership.
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Engaging Makerere University College of Health Sciences Bio Medical Engineering Students in Human Centered Design Training (HCD)
As the Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) spreads its wings even wider, more impact is being achieved in an effort to move the Universities from the Universities to the communities. The Human Centered Design Training held for the Bio Medical Engineering Students at Makerere University College of Health Sciences on March 18, 2016 brought together approximately 120 students (female and male).
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Bottom-Up Innovation: Local challenges, local solutions

The Humanitarian Innovation Jam 2016 organized by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in partnership with Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) D-Lab was a three-day summit held March 21 to 23, 2016 at Makerere University St. Francis Students’ Center. The 4th series of the annual Humanitarian Jams explored the impact of current innovations for refugees and forcibly displaced persons. This years edition, guided the theme: Bottom-Up Innovation had special focus on convening refugee and host community innovators who want to develop the best possible solutions to some of their community’s most pressing challenges. This engagement facilitated a dialogue among the academic, humanitarian, development, public, and private sectors on the challenges facing refugee and humanitarian assistance communities, and the role of innovation in addressing these challenges.
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Resilience Innovation Challenge 4 Conflict (RIC4CONF) 2nd Webinar
The RAN Team held the 2nd Resilience Innovation Challenge 4 Conflict (RIC4CONF) Webinar on Wednesday March 23, 2016 at 4:00 PM EAT. This webinar remotely provided additional information and guidance to applicants. It was also an opportunity for the potential applicants who missed the 1st Webinar to ask their questions and receive instant responses from the comfort of their rooms in an effort to further support the application process. Remember, the deadline for submission of applications is April 11, 2016, at 11:59 pm EAT. To apply and for details, please visit:​.
Southern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (SA RI Lab) Students’ Need Finding Workshop

On Tuesday March 29, 2016, Southern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (SA RI Lab) held a need finding workshop with 10 student innovators at the University of Pretoria MakerSpace. The objectives of the workshop were to enable students have a clear understanding of the ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) and SA RI Lab approach to identifying and developing innovations among students. It was also during this workshop that the RAN Team imparted into the students appropriate skills and tools to use in community engagement for Needfinding.

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RAN at the Vodafone Power Talks 2016

The early morning of March 31, 2016; 7:00 am to 12 Noon EAT saw the   Vodafone Power Talks 2016-Fourth Edition 2016 happen at the Kampala Serena Hotel. Vodafone Uganda reached out to the MakerereUniversity School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) to participate in and contribute to the list of participants for the Power Talks. This session which brought together approximately 200 national and international participants (government, the private sector, research organizations, academia, health and ICT sector) was guided by the theme “Improving access and delivery of healthcare through ICT”. The aim is to empower communities.
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''Deliberative Polling'' for Tivaoune Peul Launched in Dakar West Africa

March 31, 2016 – An initiative was launched to conduct a ''Deliberative Poll (DP)'' in Tivaoune Peul, a suburb of Dakar, by a research team from Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar (UCAD), a network plus partner of the West Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (WA RI Lab) to promote resilience and help bridge the gap between researchers, experts, the civil society and communities.


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