September has been another month yet full of learning and knowledge generation experiences at the ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) . The RAN team appreciates the efforts of all the events participants and organizers for fruitful proceedings characterized by  Networking and discussions directed towards attaining possible leverage/collaboration to further support innovation. In this  Bulletin, we are happy to share with you a range of stories including; innovator testimonies, the uniqueness of the RAN Innovation Garage and Pitch Tuesday sessions, events executed in collaboration with some of the RAN partners, engagements and awards among others.

The RAN Team is continuously building capacity of Creative Thinkers so as to be in the best position to effectively and efficiently meet the end-users'/communities’ needs.

Read more about what transpired through-out the month of September 2016 in this Bulletin and access details on the RAN Website

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Capacity Building Workshop for HoA RILab Grant Winners from Host and Partner Universities August 30 to September 2, 2016

This workshop held in the Horn of Africa (HoA) Resilience Innovation Lab (RILab) hosted by Jimma University, Ethiopia brought together over 20 participants from across the network including innovators (Youth Spark Innovation Grant (YSiG), Collaborative Resilience Innovation Design for Recurrent Effects of Drought (CRID4RED) Grants call and Resilience Innovation Acceleration Program (RIAP) beneficiaries), RAN and RILab staff, faculty, students, and Tulane University’s Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy (DRLA) team.
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RAN’s Fruity-Cycle Innovation wins at 2016 CURAD Agribusiness Challenge

Fruiti-Cycle is an innovative project under incubation at the RAN Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab which aims at reducing Post Harvest Losses resulting from poor transportation and storage of perishable fruits and vegetables. This team of Innovators applied for the 2016 Consortium for Enhancing University Responsiveness to Agribusiness Development Limited (CURAD) Agribusiness Challenge . 
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USAID Innovation Bazaar @RAN
Half the day of Thursday September 15, 2016 saw the implementation of activities of the USAID Innovation Bazaar at Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN). This Bazaar brought together over 120 multidisciplinary participants entrepreneurs and USAID partners with the aim of connecting innovative ideas with flagship programs in Uganda.
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RAN conducts an invigorating Innovation Bootcamp in DR Congo, September 19-21, 2016

The Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (EA RILab), one of RAN’s regional labs recently concluded an exciting and energizing Innovation Bootcamp at University of Goma in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from September 19 – 21, 2016.  The event drew over 120 participants who are key players in the domain of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV). 
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RAN’s ‘Wekebere’ Innovation project listed among the top 15 African Enterprising Projects by RUFORUM

It is exciting and fulfilling that we have managed to bring ‘Wekebere’ Innovation Project the far it has come through hard work, teamwork and team coordination driven by pain and passion to see the Innovation saving millions of lives across the world especially in rural areas where maternal and infant mortality is alarming.
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Deliberative Polling (DP) in Dakar, Senegal

Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) in collaboration with Stanford University’s Centre for Deliberative Democracy (CDD) implemented the third Deliberative Polling (DP) exercise in Dakar, Senegal between September 22nd – 23rd, 2016 at Cheick Anta Diop University in Dakar. This DP kicked off with a 2-day training of moderators during which a total of 20 moderators (6 females and 14 males) were trained.
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RAN @ the 12th Joint Annual Scientific Conference 2016 (JASH)

It was yet another rich learning, knowledge generation and sharing opportunity for Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN)  Team who joined in the 12th Joint Annual Scientific Conference (JASH) 2016 of the Makerere University College of Health Sciences.  The JASH conference was held September 21-23, 2016 at Kabira Country Club, Kampala Uganda and it brought together 320 participants.
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RAN @ the TOPS/FSN Network East and Southern Africa Regional Knowledge Sharing Meeting, September 20-22 2016, Speke Resort Munyonyo

A section of the RAN Resilience Team comprising of Dr. Roy William Mayega, Dr. Harriet Namata and Grace Bua Mongo participated in the TOPS/FSN Network East and Southern Africa Regional Knowledge Sharing Meeting held September 20-22 2016 at Speke Resort Munyonyo, Kampala Uganda.
While at the meeting, Dr. Roy William Mayega, RAN Deputy Chief of Party was invited by Tim Frankenberger, President TANGO International to present RAN’s Resilience work during the session on “Measuring Resilience: Recent work on Measuring Pastoral Livelihood Diversification and Resilience in Africa’’ . 
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Innovating Justice Bootcamp Kampala held at RAN, Friday September 23, 2016

The 2016 Innovating Justice Boostcamp held on Friday September 23rd 2016, attracted 100 multidisciplinary participants including mentors and judges to listen to the pitches from 6 promising Justice Innovators from over 400 applications which came in across the African continent, standing a chance to win a part of 160,000 EUR in funding among other benefits.
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RAN hosted a Team from University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

A team led by Prof. Martin Veller, Dean at the Faculty of Health Sciences in University of Witwatersrand (UoW) in South Africa visited Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) to appreciate the efforts towards identifying, incubating and scaling of innovations as solutions to communities’ most pressing challenges. It was also an opportunity for the two institutions to discuss possible areas for partnership in an effort to push forth each other’s agenda.
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ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) awards more 8 Innovators with $280,000 under the RIC4CONF Grant Call

The RAN team takes this opportunity to heartily applaud all the Innovators who are working on different innovative solutions with the support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Specifically, we congratulate the 8 winners of the RAN Resilience Innovation Challenge 4 Conflict (RIC4CONF) Grant Award under the RAN Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab.
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RAN Pitch Tuesdays August – September 2016

The RAN Pitch Tuesdays have continued to be rich platforms where creative thinkers access support directed towards further developing their innovative ideas, prototypes or projects. It is during such unique sessions that innovators pitch about their proposed solutions to address particular community challenges and receive real-time feedback to guide further improvement of the solutions.
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Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab: Innovation Advisory Board Meeting held on Thursday September 29, 2016

The Innovation Advisory Boards at the ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) have continued to support the Innovation process towards transformatively addressing communities’ most pressing challenges. The EA RILab 3rd Innovation Advisory Board meeting (Year 4) was successfully held on September 29, 2016 at the Innovation Lab with 5 Board members (Bank of Uganda, Makerere University-Gender Mainstreaming, Member of Parliament Budadiri East and Makerere University-College of Agriculture and Environmental Studies (CAES) and a Consultant) who engaged in discussing how best to move innovations from the incubation lab to positively impact the communities in need.
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RAN 14th Innovation Garage Session held on Friday September 30 2016

The ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) team was pleased to host the 14th Innovation Garage session at the end of the month of September. This Garage hosted two potentially trans-formative innovations in the fields of health and electrical engineering – the Inflatable First Aid Hemorrhage Belt and the Micro-Hydro Electricity Generation project respectively; with a guest presenter from the Improved Sewing Machine Innovation project. The total attendance was 88 multidisciplinary participants.
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Upcoming activities
  1. EN Venture Bootcamp USAID Washington D.C Bootcamp with farmers and entrepreneurs October 15 and 16, 2016 
  2. RIC4CONF Award Ceremony-October 18, 2016
  3. Uganda International Trade Fair- October 3-10, 2016
  4. 15th Innovation Garage-October 28, 2016
  1. RAN MKITs Challenge 2016, Deadline: October 14, 2016 11:59 EAT Details
  2. CRID4FAL, Deadline: October 3, 2016 11:59pm GMT Details 
  3. CRID4CID, Deadline: October 24, 2016 11:59pm EAT  Details
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