Research & Publication

About the program

The aim of this program focus area is to enhance the knowledge stock and impact of research activities in Northern Uganda. By fostering a culture of research, knowledge sharing, and evidence-based decision-making, this initiative seeks to contribute to the overall development and well-being of the region. The program focus area will address key challenges faced by researchers in the region, promote collaboration, and improve the dissemination and utilization of research findings.

We shall have a keen focus on strengthening the research capacity in Northern Uganda. This will be achieved by providing training and mentorship opportunities to researchers, equipping them with the necessary skills and knowledge to conduct rigorous research. Capacity-building activities will include research methodologies, data collection and analysis, scientific writing, and ethical considerations. By empowering researchers, we aim to enhance the quality and relevance of research conducted in the region.

We shall promote collaborative research as a necessity for addressing complex challenges and generating impactful research outcomes. This program focus area will facilitate partnerships among researchers, institutions, and communities in Northern Uganda. Collaborative research initiatives will encourage interdisciplinary approaches and foster the exchange of ideas and expertise. By promoting collaboration, we can leverage collective knowledge and resources to tackle pressing issues, such as poverty, health disparities, education, and sustainable development.

This program focus area will emphasize the importance of disseminating research findings in accessible formats, such as policy briefs, reports, and community presentations. Research findings are most valuable when they are effectively communicated and utilized by policymakers, practitioners, and community members. Additionally, efforts will be made to bridge the gap between research and practice, ensuring that evidence-based findings inform decision-making processes. By enhancing the dissemination and utilization of research, we can maximize its impact on policies, programs, and interventions in Northern Uganda.

This program focus area will emphasize the importance of research ethics and integrity in all stages of the research process. Maintaining ethical standards in research is paramount to ensuring the credibility and reliability of findings. Training and awareness programs will be conducted to promote responsible conduct, including obtaining informed consent, protecting human subjects, and ensuring data confidentiality. By fostering a strong research ethics culture, we can strengthen the trust and confidence in research activities in Northern Uganda.

This program focus area recognizes the value of local knowledge systems and aims to integrate them with scientific research. Northern Uganda is rich in indigenous knowledge and traditional practices that have been developed over generations. Efforts will be made to involve local communities, traditional leaders, and healers in research activities, ensuring their perspectives are incorporated. By acknowledging and incorporating local knowledge, we can enhance the relevance and applicability of research outcomes, leading to more sustainable and context-specific solutions.

Under Programme Focus Area 7, we will focus on the following interventions in the next five years:

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 07: To catalyse transformational mindset change of marginalised women and their dependants for sustainable development through an expanded functional literacy programme.

OUTCOME 7.1: increased knowledge and skills among local researchers, academics, and professionals in northern Uganda.

OUTCOME 7.2: Increased effectiveness and relevance of targeted interventions, policies and programs in northern Uganda that are informed by robust, evidence-based research.

Intermediate Strategies.