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In 2020, the University Council passed the Makerere University Grants Administration and Management Policy, which guided the set up of the Grants Administration and Management Support Unit (GAMSU) in 2021 as a central coordination unit for the administration and support of external grants and donations. GAMSU’s role is to support faculty and staff through the life cycle of a grant, including identifying funding sources, planning and preparing grant proposals, facilitating the administrative review and approval process, compliance to standards, managing the grants once received, and closing of grants.

To effectively implement its mandate, GAMSU needs a Strategic Direction (SD) to streamline the administration and management of grants and increase the university’s grant and donation profile. This strategic plan is anchored on two goals: Goal 1: “A research-led university responding to national, regional, and global development challenges,” and Goal 4: “An engaged university with enhanced partnerships with industry, the community, and international institutions.” Objectives (i) and (iv) aim to enhance collaboration with government agencies, increase Makerere University researchers’ participation in policy development and formulation, and increase Makerere University’s visibility globally through joint training and collaborative research.

 

MAK - GRANTS MANAGEMENT STEERING COMMITTEE (GMSC)

Welcome to the Grants Management Steering Committee (GMSC), where collaboration meets innovation. As stewards of impactful funding initiatives, we are dedicated to fostering excellence, transparency, and efficiency in grants management practices.

Our committee comprises of a diverse array of experts, each bringing unique perspectives and experiences to the Committee:

Prof. Eng. Henry Mwanaki Alinaitwe is an eminent Engineer and Academician, newly appointed Ag. Deputy Vice Chancellor Finance and Administration, Makerere University effective 16th November 2021. He has served at senior management level in the University and as Principal in the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology since August 2013, a position he assumed rising from the ranks as Deputy Principal, Dean School of the Built Environment, Associate Dean of the then Faculty of Technology.

Prof. Henry Alinaitwe

Ag Deputy Vice Chancellor (F&A) / Chair
Dr. Helen Nambalirwa Nkabala holds a PhD (Stavanger/Makerere), M.Phil. Theology (Bergen), Master of Arts in Peace and Reconciliation Studies (Coventry), PGDE/ME in Educational Technologies (University of Cape Town) and BA (Makerere); is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Religion and Peace Studies, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, at Makerere University

Assoc Prof. Helen Nambalirwa Nkabala

Representative of Humanities
Mr. Yusuf Kiranda holds a Master's Degree in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a Bachelors Degree in Education from Makerere University. He has published several articles on topical issues such as entrepreneurship, education, multiparty democracy, governance political communication and political economy among others.

Mr. Yusuf Kiranda

University Secretary
Assoc. Prof. Charles Masembe is a veterinarian, molecular geneticist and Associate Professor, with teaching and research experience in molecular genetics, diagnostics, evolution and epidemiology of important diseases of domestic animals, mainly Foot-and-Mouth Disease, African swine fever, and pathogen discovery.

Assoc Prof. Charles Masembe

Representative of Sciences
Dr. Agnes Rwashana Semwanga is an Associate Professor, in the Department of Information Systems, College of Computing and Information Sciences, Makerere University. She holds a PhD and MSc. in Computer Science and a BSc. in Education. She is an experienced executive at senior management level overseeing academic, administrative and finance functions of a high institution of learning.

Assoc Prof. Agnes Rwanshana Ssemwanga

Representative of Sciences
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Mr. Gyaviira Lubowa Ssebina

Representative of Finance
Prof. Godfrey Akileng, is a currently the Dean School of Business, at the College of Business and Management Sciences at Makerere University. He is a facilitator of Accounting, Finance and Corporate governance courses. Beyond teaching, Godfrey does research and supervises both PhD and master’s students. Godfrey is an editor in Accounting journals.

Assoc. Prof. Godfrey Akileng

Representative of Humanities
Dr. Sabrina Bakeera Kitaka is a Senior Lecturer of Paediatrics and Adolescent Health at the College of Health Sciences, Makerere University Kampala, Uganda. She has extensive experience in scholarship, education, and clinical practice. Her current research interests relate to health systems (specifically patient-centered outcomes) and infectious diseases (particularly among HIV infected adolescents).

Dr. Sabrina Bakeera Kitaka

Representative of Sciences
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Assoc Prof. Robert Wamala

Representative of Directorate Research and Graduate Training

Prof. Sylvia Antonia N. Nannyonga -Tamusuza

Head GAMSU

CPA George Turyamureeba Mugabi

Head Of Finance

CPA Suzan Kyamulabi

Accountant GAMSU

CPA Christine Ninsiima

Accountant GAMSU

Mr. Lwasa Laban

Administrative Asistant

Ms. Grace Nansubuga

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Caroline Nabwiire

Administrative Assistant

Mr. Yunus Musisi

ICT Support

Mr. Denis Wamala

ICT Support

Mr. Mwine Martin

Custodian - GAMSU

Former Heads

William Bazeyo

William Bazeyo

Professor William Bazeyo is the Lab Director and Chief of Party of ResilientAfrica Net work (RAN) which brings together 20 Universities in 16 African Countries. Have already started Resilient Innovation Labs in four regions namely Horn of Africa at Jimma Univeristy in Ethiopia currently serving Somalia as well soon to add South Sudan, in Sahel region in University of Health and Allied Science in Ho in Ghana bringing together in this 1st year Senegal, Ghana and Mali, in East Africa Makerere university coordinating DRC and Rwanda initially and in South Africa University of Pretoria coordinating SA, & Zimbabwe initially. Target to have 20 universities in 16 countries. Working with Tulane and Stanford University to create Resilient Communities in Africa using locally/ African technologically designed innovations done African Students, faculty and the actual communities participating. In summary RAN will take the Universities from campuses to the communities (both multidisciplinary faculty and students working together with communities) supported by USAID. RAN is looking forward to working with Private Sector both local and diaspora and Social interpreters. These should be community acceptable, affordable, and replicable addressing the specific Needs of the communities just an example- Chronic displacement of communities in Horn of Africa, Floods and Mud slides in Uganda, HIV devastated communities in South Africa, Domestic violence in DRC and rapid Urbanization and climatic change in Ghana in West Africa.

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Grace Bantebya Kyomuhendo

Grace Bantebya Kyomuhendo

Grace Bantebya-Kyomuhendo is a Professor of Women and Gender Studies; and advocate for gender equality, social transformation and respect for women’s rights. She is a distinguished social anthropologist with a wealth of experience in gender/ feminist and social norms research. Prof. Bantebya is the Principal Investigator (PI) on the “Whole University Approach: Kicking Sexual Harassment out of Higher Education Institutions in Uganda” (KISH Project). Grace is also a PI of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Growth Opportunities for Women (GrOW) project: “From Promises to Actions: Shifting Gender Norms and Public Perceptions about Unpaid Care Work in Workplaces and Families in Uganda.” She is also a Co PI of the Eastern African Social and Gender Norms Learning Collaborative (EALC)Network hosted by Makerere University, School of Women and Gender Studies and CARE International Uganda. Prof. Bantebya is a member of the Vice-Chancellor’s one hindered (100) eminent member Committee for investigating Sexual Harassment (SH) at Makerere University. She has successfully chaired a number of SH allegations against staff to their conclusion. Prof. Bantebya is one of the International Sexual Exploitation and abuse (SEA) investigator under CARE international Uganda office. She is Social Anthropologist with a wealth of experience in gender feminist research.

Prof. Kyomuhendos other research projects include “Transforming the Lives of Girls and Young women in Uganda, Ethiopia, Viet Nam and Nepal; Strengthening Linkages Between Poverty Reduction Strategies and Child Protection Initiatives by both projects commissioned by the Overseas Development Institute (United Kingdom); Shame, Social Exclusion and the Effectiveness of Anti-poverty Programmes supported by ESRC and “Does ‘shame-proofing’ anti-poverty programmes improve their effectiveness: Theory of change and impact policy evaluation in cross-national settings, and the recent one Prevention of Sexual Harassment in Higher Education Institutions in Uganda. She has published widely, most recent Florence Muhanguzi and Grace Bantebya Kyomuhendo (2021) Teenage Pregnancy and Social Inequality:

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Makerere University

Makerere University (MU) is a public institution established to provide access to higher education and promote research and innovations. Its Strategic Direction (SD) 2020/2030 aims to respond to changing national and global needs, which call for research-led interventions. The university’s SD is anchored within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (2015) and Africa Agenda 2063, which can only be realized through decisions informed by research and innovations.

Makerere University (MU) is a public institution established to provide access to higher education and promote research and innovations. Its Strategic Direction (SD) 2020/2030 aims to respond to changing national and global needs, which call for research-led interventions. The university’s SD is anchored within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (2015) and Africa Agenda 2063, which can only be realized through decisions informed by research and innovations.