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A SELECTION OF MAJOR CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS ORGANIZED BY CBR

Centre for Basic Research organized a regional workshop on ‘Youth Employment and Migration in Eastern and Southern Africa’. The workshop at which research findings were disseminated at the national level was held at CBR on 31st May 2019.

Centre for Basic Research convened a regional inception workshop funded by International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Nairobi on the theme ‘Enhancing Agribusiness Economic Opportunities of Rural Women and Girls’. The inception workshop was held on 24th October 2018 at Esella Country Hotel, Kira Municipality, Wakiso District.

Centre for Basic Research convened the 4th International Cultural Studies Workshop which was held at Makerere University from 8th – 10th August 2005 under the theme ‘Pushing the Frontiers of Knowledge: millennium reflections on the cultural frontiers and conditions of knowledge production’. The workshop was attended by participants from ENRECA cooperation countries of Denmark, India, and Uganda.

Centre for Basic Research held a Public Dialogue on food security for Peace in Northern Uganda at Fairway Hotel, Kampala on the 6th April 2005.

Centre for Basic Research convened the 2nd History and Reconciliation workshop in Uganda which was held from 1-3 March 2005 under the theme: ‘Historical memories of cooperation, conflict, and reconciliation in Uganda’.

Centre for Basic Research hosted a three Day Research Methodology Workshop which was held at Lake Victoria Hotel, Entebbe from 26 to 28 August 2004 supported by the Netherlands Institute Voor Internationale Betrekkingen (Clingendael).

Centre for Basic Research convened the 3rd Cultural Studies Workshop in Uganda under the theme ‘Globalization and Post-colonial experiences in Africa’ from 9th – 11th August 2004. The workshop which was attended by participants from ENRECA cooperation countries of Denmark, India, and Uganda, was officiated by Justice Tabaro and closed by His Excellency the High commissioner of India to Uganda.

Centre for Basic Research convened the 2nd International Industrialization Workshop in Uganda on ‘The Challenge of Agriculture-led Industrialization in Uganda’, which was held at Kampala International Conference Centre, from 23-24 August 2004.

Centre for Basic Research hosted the comparative Non-Profit Sector Project dissemination Workshop, in Kampala on 30th July 2004.
Centre for Basic Research convened an international workshop on the theme ‘Legal and Policy Frameworks for Citizen Participation in Local Governance’, and was attended by participants from Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. The workshop was funded by Ford Foundation through the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) UK and was held on 26 July 2002 at Hotel Africana, Kampala.

Centre for Basic Research in collaboration with the Department of Political Sciences at Makerere University, organized the 1st Cultural Studies Workshop attended by participants from ENRECA cooperation countries of Denmark, India, and Uganda, held at Senate building, Makerere University, held between 13 and 15 August 2002.

Centre for Basic Research in collaboration with the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex convened an international conference on ‘Strengthening Democratic Governance in Conflict-torn Societies’. The workshop was held at Hotel Triangle, Jinja from 7-10 December 2000.

Centre for Basic Research convened held a one-day workshop on the theme ‘A string of Fragile Pearls’: Peace, Democracy and Human Rights in Uganda’. The workshop supported by SIDA was held at the International Conference Centre, Kampala on October 20, 1999.

Centre for Basic Research convened a national workshop on the theme ‘Modernity, Development, and Institutional Change: A Dialogue Towards the Next Millennium’, under the ENRECA research collaboration, and was held at Lake View Hotel, Mbarara from 23 – 28 February 1998.

Centre for Basic Research convened a Workshop for Policy-makers, Civil Society and Members of Parliament on the theme ‘Lessons of Constitution Making in Uganda’ at Hotel Africana, Kampala, held on 9th May 1998.

Centre for Basic Research held a national Workshop for Land monitors on Land disputes in Luwero, Masindi, Masaka and Mubende Districts, attended by Community Land monitors and CBR Researchers which was held at Colline Hotel Mukono, April 19-21, 1996.

Centre for Basic Research convened a workshop on Gender Dimensions on Agricultural Policies in Uganda, co-sponsored by UNRISD and UNDP, and held at Fairway Hotel, Kampala, May 3-4, 1996.

Centre for Basic Research convened a Regional Workshop on Public Interest Environment Law and Community-Based Initiatives for Sustainable Natural Resources Management in East Africa held at Colline Hotel Mukono, 1996.

Centre for Basic Research convened a Gender Dimensions on Agricultural Policies in Uganda, supported by UNRISD & UNDP, on 6 May 1996.

Centre for Basic Research convened a national dissemination workshop on the theme ‘Workers Education’ held at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Makerere University, 19- 20 March 1993.

Centre for Basic Research convened an International workshop on ‘Women and Work: Historical Trends’, held at the Faculty of Science, Makerere University, 7-10 September 1992.

Centre for Basic Research in collaboration with CODESRIA hosted the first Pan-African Symposium on Academic Freedom, which brought over a hundred participants and observers from around the African continent and beyond to the International Conference Centre in Kampala in December 1990.

The1st Peer Review Workshop of the CBR/UNNGOF/GIZ Civil Society Book Project where authors presented their proposals to peers for reviews scheduled on October 12th and 13th, 2020 at Centre for Basic Research, Kololo.

The Centre for Basic Research (CBR), Kampala working in collaboration with Uganda
National NGO Forum (UNNGOF) 1 is undertaking research to write a book on the value of civil society in Uganda’s national development. The aim of the research process is to bring together civil society scholars, activists, and practitioners to present analysis interrogate new narratives, and emerging civil society perspectives and experiences in Uganda.

The execution of the Civil Society Book Project will entail different kinds of engagements. These include among others: (a) Peer Review Seminars – these are engagements between chapter
authors, and between chapter authors and the Project Steering Committee at the proposal development stage, and during the fieldwork-data collection stage;(b) Write-shop Retreats – these are to be held after fieldwork, bringing together chapter authors and Steering Committee members during the writing of draft chapters, and; (c) Civil Society Public Dialogues – these are
public meetings that will be open to all interested and each will be presided over by leading scholars on the different thematic areas of the planned Book project, who will be invited to present keynote addresses, to which chapter authors and participants drawn from the academia, NGO practitioners, and the general public will respond by way of comments,
discussions and questions.

The book is expected to provide a platform for scholars in the academy, public intellectuals, and civil society practitioners who will be selected to author chapters in the Book to engage key
debates on civil society from a diversity of dimensions anchored in carefully selected thematic areas. The author of book chapters will be required to do extensive fieldwork, involving the collection
of both secondary and primary data. They will be required to anchor their arguments and
analyses in cutting-edge theoretical debates and conceptual frameworks relating to civil society
at global, regional, and national levels that will set the context to foster a nuanced
understanding of the civil society in Uganda. The findings of the planned research studies for the
civil society book project will be published in an interdisciplinary book on civil society. This book presents a significant promise to serve as a resource for academics, practitioners, and policy-
makers interested in national development issues and especially how the latter interfaces with
civil society.

CIVIC EDUCATION IN UGANDA COMPREHENSIVE SURVEY’ DISSEMINATION WORKSHOP DGF held on September 30th, 2019 at Hotel Africana

Centre for Basic Research (CBR) has since June 2018 been implementing a project titled: ‘Strengthening Evidence-based Democratic Governance Agenda Setting and Engagement by Civil Society in Uganda’. The project which ends in December 2020 is supported by the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF). The primary focus of the on-going project, premised on the assumption that civic education is one of the foundations upon which democracy thrives, is to produce, manage and disseminate knowledge in such a way that enables civic education stakeholders and practitioners pragmatically engage duty bearers and the citizenry to enhance democratic governance practices. This is pursued
through a three-pronged strategy.

The first strategy is to undertake research on pertinent civic education thematic areas, analyse primary and secondary data generated and appropriately package and
disseminate the findings of the various researches, via different kinds of publications, media events and activities tailored to inform democratic governance agendas and interventions by civil society engaged in civic education in general, and DGF Implementing Partners (IPs) in particular. This, it is hoped, enhances citizen engagements with government at different
levels, which strengthens democratic practices.

10 desk studies on different thematic issues on civic education have been conducted, in addition to the comprehensive review of civic education in Uganda study. Dissemination of the National Synthesis report from the latter, whose field work was conducted by CBR in 20 districts of Uganda between September and December 2018 was held on 30th September,2019. It was intended to contribute to our understanding of not only how civic education was conceptualized by state and non-state actors, but also how it has organized and delivered, as well as the impact it has had over the years.

The second strategy is establishing an elaborate documentation of published and unpublished literature on the broad agenda of civic education that is relevant to the promotion of democratic governance around the intervention areas of DGF’s civic education partners, for use as reference materials during current and future studies and researches on emerging civic education dynamics on the basis of which lessons can be learnt and best practices inferred.

The third strategy, which is complemented by media activities, seeks to encourage continuous debates on different thematic issues regarding civic education including 2  interactive online discussions. This is aimed not only at raising civic awareness and competencies, but also to solicit for and respond to citizens’ views on pertinent civic education issues, as a way to engender greater citizen appreciation and participation in democratic processes based on an increased understanding and acceptance of their rights and responsibilities.

The fourth strategy is to hold Monthly Expert Seminars on critical civic education issues in Uganda. These seminars are considered as an important avenue for the
convergence between theories and the practices of civic education in Uganda in general.

The Expert Seminars provide opportunities for civic education intellectuals and practitioners to engage with emerging issues from on-going researches to understand not only the contribution to the deepening of democratic governance discourse on civic education that has been undertaken so far by state and non-state actors, its approaches, delivery mechanisms and impact, but also the intellectual debates on the appropriateness of the
civic knowledge generated in which are embodied the country’s core values and principles, on the basis of which civic competencies and dispositions can be nurtured.

The Monthly Expert Seminars provide an interactive platform for researchers, academics, policy makers and the general public to continue with the debates on the
practical necessities of how civic education can become a better vehicle for providing citizens with the knowledge, skills and tools with which to enter the market place of ideas to engage in a deliberative process in which ideals of the democracy we desire are as a country are discussed openly and truthfully to generate minimum consensuses on contested political and others issues that affect the country’s democratic dispensations.

These Monthly Expert Seminars, therefore enable those who participate in them to think beyond their current political, occupational, intellectual and cultural dispositions in order to engage in critical inquiry into broader issues of the conceptualization of civic
education from a nuanced understanding of the different interpretations of the country’s history, the structural constraints in civic education pedagogy and andragogy, including its approaches and strategies as a way to understand how to do democracy in ways that
strengthen citizen’s civic skills and sense citizenship, even if this calls for doing it differently.

In other words, the Monthly Expert Seminars are aimed at influencing the democratic governance processes by enhancing responsiveness of government to needs of
citizens through continuous constructive dialogue and engagements based on citizen’s enhanced understanding of the country’s contemporary politics as informed by a correct appreciation of the various versions of its competing interpretations of its history.

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