The Health, Environment and Food Security (HEFS) Platform, together with the Governance Platform, organized a dissemination workshop on 21st March 2016 at Gulu University. This was followed by a Joint Steering Committee Meeting (JSCM) on 22nd March 2016 at Bomah Hotel in Gulu. The HEFS platform is hosted by MUST and coordinated by Assoc. Prof. Charles Tushabomwe-Kazooba, the current Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Finance and Administration. This was Prof. Tushabomwe-Kazooba’s, and Mrs. Aliguma's, the new platform manager, first official HEFS event.
All participating universities in Uganda were represented. Two representatives came from the University of Antwerp, both under the HEFS platform. Next to that, VLIR-UOS mandated Prof. Alan Penny to evaluate the two platforms and give feedback to both the donor and the Platforms. Prof. Penny’s goal was to assess the platforms’ modalities and outcomes and to see whether the Platforms are promoting development in the country.
As had been agreed by the platforms at their launch in 2014, dissemination workshops and JSC meetings are hosted at the different partner universities on a rotational basis. During the Governance Platform’s dissemination conference, a total of 14 papers were presented that focused on governance issues in various sectors in Uganda.
During the JSCM the following day, the selection procedure and the successful applicants of the Third HEFS Harvest Call of January 2016 were announced. Communication has already been sent to all applicants, both successful and unsuccessful. The logistical arrangements for the successful candidates are being worked upon. Next to that, it was agreed that the first dissemination workshop for the HEFS platform will be hosted at MUST on 26th or 27th January 2017. As the next graduation ceremony falls on 28th January 2017, all who attends the conference can also attend the graduation ceremony.
Both the Governance dissemination conference and the JSC meeting were engaging and interactive, as members of both platforms were able to exchange and learn from each other. It goes without saying that the Platforms are eagerly looking forward to the findings and recommendations of the external evaluator.