Capacity Building

Global change impact on diseases and alien species expansion workshop

Participants at the workshop

AUC through strengthening partnership program in collaboration with International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) was engaged in modeling "Global change impact on diseases and alien species expansion" managed by African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), and the International Mathematical Union (IMU), the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS), the International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the International Council of INdustrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM), supported by the International Council of Science (ICSU). This initiative is steered by ICSU Regional Office for Africa (ICSU ROA), ecoHEALTH from Future Earth, the International Society for Biometeorology (ISB), the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), the South African Mathematical Society (SAMS), the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology (CIB), UNESCO and Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE).

This is an international, interdisciplinary and educational and capacity building initiative has addressed two subjects of infectious diseases and invasive species and the context of climate change. This has allowed sharing the methods and building partnerships in climate change and proposal development. Work done so far has addressed the whole range of topics from field-work and collecting of data to the building and validating of models, to the adjustment of models to take into account the changing environment and the social characteristics, and to the design and implementation of strategies to fight infectious diseases and invasive species in the climatic changing regimes in Africa. Special emphasis is currently focused on African diseases and invasive species, as well as the characteristics of changing environment in Africa. This work is very beneficial for AUC’s interaction in Scientific Membership of IUBS. It also builds on the move that AUC is extending collaboration with ICSU through IUBS. 

Main concerns

  • Global change impact on diseases and alien species expansion by J. Banasiak
  • Structured Dynamics of Invasive Species by (Lewis)
  • Introduction to Mathematical Epidemiology Simple methods of parameter estimation by Andrea Pugliese

Collaboration Programme with Coventry University Centre for Trust Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR)

AUC in its north – south collaboration programme is a beneficiary of CTPSR Commonwealth Professional Fellowship (CPF) Programme towards “Improving Natural Resource Governance through Citizen Engagement”. This is a tremendous opportunity offered by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries. The Fellowship programme aims at supporting mid - career professionals to spend time with a UK host institutions working in their career fields targeting professional development. In 2016, our head of Development and Environment Integration Mr. Godfrey Tumuhairwe participated and this has resulted into a multifaceted opportunities. Some of these currently include lead researcher at CTPSR Prof. Marion MacLellan undertaking research on second chance education in a war ravaged areas in Africa. Northern Uganda is the beneficiary from this initiative. Prof. Marion is undertaking this study with help of AUC and Prof. Joseph Oonyu of Makerere University College of Education and External Studies, Transitioning to sustainable surface water management framework by Margaret Mezue PhD researcher and Prof. Sue Charlesworth.

Two projects are being designed as a result of this participation which include;

  • Promoting Best Management Practices (BMPs) to Safeguard Biodiversity in Farmed Areas of Tooro Region-Uganda
  • Supporting Batwa the Indigenous People to benefit from artisanal mining in Uganda, Rwanda and DRC

During the fellowship Godfrey shared his experience engagement on programmes that he has implemented in Africa. This experience was integrated in centre’s capacity building programme uniquely designed and offers highly inter-disciplinary knowledge at Centre for Agro-ecology and Water Resilience (CAWR) located at Garden Organic, the Geography, Environment and Disaster Management (GED) department which teaches popular oil, gas and environment courses, as well as seminar series and other external networks in the UK.

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Under this arrangement the Fellowship purpose was to provide professionals with the opportunity to enhance knowledge and skills in their given sector, and to have catalytic effects on their workplaces.

Considering rapid development and globalization today there has been a shift among professionals going for better opportunities. This has left a gap in conservation and development and is not finely distributed. AUC is dedicated to establish crosscutting capacity building, to enhance documentation and advocacy capacity of our members and partners, ensuring that knowledge and skills remain with the individuals’ organizations and groups who have the most potential to promote long-term and large-scale positive impacts on conservation needs. The strength of the partnership lies in the partner organizations’ complementary perspectives in capacity building, with organizations operating from the grassroots upwards with national governments. Taking advantage of those complementary strengths, this program will continue to occur at several mutually reinforcing levels. There will be capacity built in conservation assessments for conservation advisory.