Dear RAN Friends,
We appreciate the continued support and remain committed to developing innovative solutions to address communities most pressing challenges. 

It is always fulfilling to share with you a collection of stories on events, knowledge generation and sharing, opportunities and open challenges among others from Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN). Shared below are updates for the month of April 2016. 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 as disasters in the form of shocks and stresses. With concerted efforts, community resilience to these shocks and stresses will be strengthened. Access Profiles of innovations under incubation here and the full stories through the Full Story button on this Bulletin.

“Solutions through Innovation”

Enjoy reading! 

The RAN Team

The RAN 9th Innovation Garage


Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) hosted the 9th Innovation Garage on April 1, 2016 at the Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (EA RI Lab) on Plot 30 Upper Kololo Terrace in Kampala Uganda. This session brought together 22 participants majority of who were male.

The garage, which brings together innovators from multiple disciplines, and is guided by the theme“Catalyzing Engineering Solutions”, facilitated a brainstorming session where participants discussed topics related to mechanical welding coupled with developing real innovative solutions to address communities’ most pressing challenges.

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Training of Trainers for the Technovation Challenge 2016

It was on a cloudy morning of Saturday April 9 2016, when the gates of Makerere University School of Public Health-ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) opened as early as 8:00 am EAT to participants who joined in the Training Of Trainers (ToT) workshop for the Technovation Challenge 2016.

This event was attended by 60 participants including; teachers from different Secondary Schools, Entrepreneurs, RAN staff, previous winners of the Technovation Challenge 2015 and well-wishers. It was another rich engaging, knowledge generation, sharing and networking opportunity for all the participants.


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Human Centered Design (HCD) workshop for faculty and students

On April 13, 14 and 15 2016, Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) conducted the Human Centered Design (HCD) Training with students (first two days) and faculty on April 15, 2016 at the Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab on Plot 30 Upper Kololo Terrace, Kampala Uganda. The hands-on training brought together 20 students and 15 faculty.
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Certificate Course in Climate Risk Management

Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) in collaboration with the Strengthening Leadership in Disaster Resilience Program (SLDRP) Uganda delivered a Certificate Course in Climate Risk Management (CRM). This training is in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Office of the Prime Minister in Uganda. The course is run for 7 weeks employing mixed methods of learning.  Participants take off 2 weeks of pre-workshop self-directed learning, 1 week of intensive face-to-face workshop/training, 3 weeks of supported post-workshop online learning moderated by facilitators and lastly 1 week for the final examination and course evaluation.

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World Veterinary Week/ Day Commemoration at Makerere University

The World Veterinarian Day was created in 2000 by the World Veterinary Association to highlight and promote the lifesaving work performed by veterinarians around the globe.  Uganda has been commemorating the day for more than ten years ever since the day was inaugurated 16 years ago. This year’s commemoration was held from April 24 to 30, 2016 at Makerere University and focus was on promoting continuing education for veterinarians in One Health. The commemoration was guided by the theme: “Continuing Education with a One Health Focus” with the purpose to create public awareness on the role of veterinarians and the importance of continuing veterinary education in One Health.
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The RAN 10th Innovation Garage

Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) hosted the 10th Innovation Garage on Friday April 29, 2016 at the Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (EA RI Lab) on Plot 30 Upper Kololo Terrace in Kampala, Uganda. This garage attracted 25 participants from various walks of life and disciplines. 

The Innovation Garage guided by the Theme “Catalyzing Engineering Solutions” is a platform that is well positioned to assist innovators refine their ideas by enabling them to build and get quick fixes of their projects collaboratively with very creative and brave individuals. The Innovation Garage also supports local talent to come forth with Local Engineering solutions for some of the challenges faced in our communities.

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The Department for International Development (DFID) supporting implementation of resilience activities in Somalia

The Somalia Resilience Innovation Hub (RI Hub) successfully leveraged US$ 43,323 from the Department for International Development (DFID) through the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) towards support of their resilience activities. Somalia’s RI Hub is a semi-autonomous entity under Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) Horn of Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (HoA RI Lab) whose mandate among others focuses on leveraging resources to support resilience activities for sustainability. This is therefore an indication that the RI Hub model for Network Plus Universities will continue to gain traction so that they are better able to expand their resilience activities.
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