VLIR-UOS cooperation in Uganda
Uganda is one of the key partner countries of VLIR-UOS. From 2003 to 2016 VLIR-UOS budgeted € 13.010.250 for cooperation programmes with Uganda, including one institutional university cooperation programme with Mountains of the Moon University. As part of the country strategy for Uganda VLIR-UOS also has two Research Platforms.
Uganda is one of the 31 scholarship countries of VLIR-UOS. Nationals can apply for a scholarship to follow a training or Master programme at a Flemish university or university college.
Facts and figures
Total budget Uganda 2003-2016 (in €)
A country strategy for Uganda
The country strategy for Uganda identifies the following main themes for all future interventions in the cooperation with Uganda:
- The relevance of the family in addressing food, health and environmental insecurity
- Responsible and accountable governance to local communities in the areas of natural resource management, social service delivery and post conflict recovery
- Community based and focused university education, research and services
The 8 partner universities are:
- Busitema University (BU)
- Gulu University (GU)
- Kyambogo University (KYU)
- Makerere University (MAK)
- Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST)
- Mountains of the Moon University (MMU)
- Uganda Christian University (UCU)
- Uganda Martyrs University (UMU)
More information in the VLIR-UOS Country Strategy for Uganda.
The country strategy process
In 2011 and 2012 several steps were taken to come up with a country strategy for Uganda. Starting from a desk study with a contextual analysis, stakeholders were consulted in Belgium and Uganda.
The mission report Uganda presents a match between the recommendations from Flemish stakeholders through consultations and interviews and the Ugandan priorities for cooperation as gathered during the mission and the seminar in Uganda.
Based on this mission report and its strategic considerations, VLIR-UOS worked out a strategy paper for Uganda that draws the outlines for all future interventions in the cooperation with Uganda. This document was discussed at level of the Flemish university associations and was confirmed as the reference framework for programming and more in particular as reference for calls and selections.
The VLIR-UOS compiled documents are work in progress, and your feedback in terms of their completion and/or improvement is much appreciated:
- The Uganda Fact Sheet is a draft summary on the general status of the country with specific attention for the development aid actors as well as the sector of higher education.
- The Uganda Linkages List provides an overview of past and present linkages between relevant Belgian (academic) institutions and Uganda, including those that are not VLIR-UOS funded. The list is based on feedback provided by academics and/or ICOS up til 1 July.
- The Uganda thematic and strategic framework presents the various donor interventions along thematic lines with reference to partners and national development priorities.
- The statistical box provides a quick profile of Uganda.
- Joint Context Analysis (JCA) of Uganda. This document aims at an analysis of the context in Uganda and of the opportunities to collaborate for the non-governmental actors of the Belgian Development Cooperation from 2017 until 2026. It should primarily be seen as an opportunity to identify possible ways of cooperation, complementarity and syngergy.
- Joint Strategic Framework (JSF) of Uganda. This document presents different joint strategic goals which the non-governmental actors have put forward, based on the JCA Rwanda. Each goal is specified into different approaches, which reflects the contributions of different actors to the joint strategic goal. An elaboration on the development relevance of every goal is also included. The last chapter elaborates commitments for synergy and complementarity between Belgian actors, related to the presented goals and approaches. Special attention is given to the transversal themes gender and environment.
Several governments and international organizations have relationships with Uganda. We made an overview of the relationships between Uganda and international and European institutions. We listed their websites and documents on the cooperation with Uganda. In the following we give you some of the most relevant documents:
Overview of ongoing projects
Flemish professor surprises Ugandan colleague with prize of € 800.000
Alex Coutinho of the Ugandan Infectious Diseases Institute is to receive a prize from the Japanese government for his research on HIV/AIDS.
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On the trail of a solution to nodding syndrome
15.000 children and adolescents in Uganda, Tanzania and South Sudan are suffering from nodding syndrome. Professor Robert Colebunders has now discovered that the black fly might be the culprit.
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VIDEO: Psychotherapy for war-affected families in Uganda
Ugandan and Flemish researchers develop a training curriculum in psychotherapeutic counseling. Watch the video.
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VLIR-UOS launches Uganda Platforms
8 Ugandan and 4 Flemish universities and 3 university colleges will carry out research during the coming years on Governance and Insecurity.
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Hypertension in Uganda
One in five Ugandan adults suffer from high blood pressure. However, health centers do not dispose of sufficient means to diagnose or treat patients.
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‘It has enriched me hugely, not only academically but personally too’
Rose Baudoncq went to Uganda to study the effects of trauma and orphanhood among young Ugandans.
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