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It is always fulfilling for us to share with you all details of some of our activities. In this Bulletin, read about what concluded the year 2018 at RAN. We are all looking forward to a more fruitful and productive year 2019 closely working with you all!

'Solutions through Innovation'

Business Modeling, Communication training at Pabbo sub-county

Monday November 26, 2018 saw yet another team from Makerere University School of Public Health-ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) drive up to Northern Uganda. It was another opportunity to engage with the Pabbo sub-county community members specifically equipping them with Business Modeling, Communication and Marketing skills.
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RAN at the Istanbul Innovation Days November 27-29, 2018

Leveraging from partnership and collaboration, ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) was invited by  United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to participate in the 2018 UNDP Istanbul Innovation Days in Turkey. The theme of the event was “The Next Generation Governance” RAN was represented by Nathan Tumuhamye, the Director Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab.
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EzyAgric Innovation Team wins the Fall Armyworm Tech Prize

Early this year, Feed the Future supported by Land O’Lakes International Development and the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, launched a 400,000 USD worth Fall Armyworm Tech Prize, aimed at leveraging the immense progress in mobile and digital technology to get timely, context-specific, and actionable information into the hands of smallholder farmers and those who support them.
In order to enhance on the already existing pest and disease diagnosis module on EzyAgric, Akorion applied for this opportunity and was selected among the 20 global finalists to attend a co-creation event with mentors, experts and farmers that was held in Uganda. From feedback from this event, EzyAgric fall Armyworm module was further refined with intense field testing with farmers who had been affected by the fall armyworm.
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Supporting development and growth through skills enhancement The Case of Orchids House Farm Nakasongola, Uganda

Students and Guests at Orchids House Farm  joining in a congratulatory and photo session 

Prof. Bazeyo  sharing a few words of wisdom with the students 
A sunny afternoon of Sunday November 18, 2018 saw forty one students (male and female) from Bukalasa Agricultural College and one female from Busoga University receive certificates upon completion of two months long training in Crop Science, Animal Science and Agribusiness at Orchids House Farm Limited, Nakasongola Uganda . This was the first cohort of student interns to benefit from the initiative right at the farm. This farm is located 3.7 Kilometers along Kampala-Gulu Highway.
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RAN measures up to Resilience Challenge at the First RMEL conference

From  a founding membership of just a few individuals to its current membership of over 200 members representing about 85 organizations, the Resilience Measurement, Evidence and Learning Community of Practice (RMEL CoP) is an expansive multi-sectoral network. The RMEL CoP was launched in 2016 bringing together different disciplines and sectors to shed light on different parts of the resilience measurement puzzle and by so doing, generate credible evidence on what works in resilience, and improve the design and implementation of resilience interventions. Previous convenings in New York, Rome and Kampala (in 2017 at the ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) Lab in Kololo), have brought together early innovators and thought leaders in resilience measurement to grow the network and develop a vision, strategy and work plan for the community.

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RAN witnesses the MOU signing between Ministry of ICT & NG and Microsoft

On November 12th 2018, ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) was part of the partners that witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Ministry of Information Communications Technology and National Guidance (ICT & NG) and Microsoft Corporation, a global technology firm to enhance innovation and skills in the country’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. Microsoft is a productivity and platform industry leader for the mobile-first and cloud-first world, whose mission is to empower every person, organization and government to achieve more and realize their potential.
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Thank you all once again for working with and supporting the RAN team to achieve. Yes, together we can! See and read about some testimonies below. 

We are all still proudly congratulating our very own Dr. Flavia Senkubuge

I am directed by Prof. William Bazeyo, the RAN Chief of Party to share this uplifting news, Dr. Roy William Mayega, RAN Deputy Chief of Party noted while sharing a direct quote from: https://www.pressportal.co.za/health-and-medicine/story/16566/cmsas-historic-election-of-dr-flavia-senkubuge-as-president.html):
"Dr. Flavia Senkubuge, a specialist in Public Health Medicine, global public health advocate has been elected President of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa

(CMSA). Her election is historic in so many ways as she is first black woman and only the third woman in the CMSA’s 64 years to hold the position. She is also the youngest president ever of the CMSA and the first specialist in public health medicine to hold the position".

Dr. Senkubuge is one of RAN's Senior Faculty representatives and Alternate-RILab Director at the Southern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (SA RILab), University of Pretoria, where she is also Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Health Systems at the School of Public Health.

"Thank you Dr. Senkubuge for continuously holding our flag high and we wish you all the best in your endeavors" shared Prof. William Bazeyo who is also Makerere University’s Vice Chancellor In-Charge of Finance and Administration.

Congratulations to Dr. Senkubuge and to our colleagues in the SA-RILab.

Prof. Bazeyo wins the Continental Titans Building Nations Program Award

Following Prof. William Bazeyo’s regional win in the Titans Building Nations Program on November 3rd 2018 in Protea Hotel, Kampala Uganda,  details are also shared on http://www.pmldaily.com/news/2018/11/makerere-professor-wins-ceo-global-pan-african-country-regional-awards.html and https://news.mak.ac.ug/2018/11/prof-bazeyo-wins-ceo-global-pan-african-country-regional-awardsProf. Bazeyo joined and won the continental awards (Africa) emerging BEST in the Education, Training and Research category! Join us in heartily congratulating our (RAN) dear Chief of Party for yet another well-deserved CONTINENTAL award. We are all proud of you Papa and Congratulations once again! 
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Needfinding is very important for any innovation

Six months ago, my team and other innovators received grants to come up with technological Innovations that could help communities in Uganda End Violence Against Women and Girls. Through a hackathon, we formed teams, brainstormed a few ideas and came up with several proposed solutions.
Through this hackathon session organized and facilitated by the RAN team, we were privileged to be among teams that were selected to benefit from support from UN Women.  Our proposed solution to ending violence against women and girls among others was taken up to receive incubation support additionally benefiting from RAN’s innovation incubation program.

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On Saturday November 3rd, 2018, Prof. William Bazeyo, Makerere University ResileintAfrca Network (RAN) Chief of Party and also Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration) at Makerere University emerged the Regional Winner of the Great Lakes 2018/2019 CEO Global Pan African Awards for Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government and Titans-Building Nations Program at a colorful ceremony held at Protea Hotel, Kampala.
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