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Centre for Basic Research (CBR) is a leading independent research Centre in Uganda, established in 1987 an educational trust and subsequently registered in 1988 as an NGO. CBR is a member institute of the Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA) based in Dakar, Senegal.

The Centre has a full-fledged resource centre and internet facilities which enable easy access to secondary literature. CBR has a cohort of researchers with qualifications in various fields in the humanities, law and social sciences. In addition, CBR outsources researchers with key expertise such as in public health, statistics and environmental sciences. Research at CBR is both in-house and commissioned in nature.

CBR collaborates with organisations that have dissemination or lobbying skills to utilise CBR’s research results in their advocacy work in order to ensure maximum impact. CBR’s research works on issues of land tenure and agricultural production were greatly consulted during the 1995 constitutional making exercise and 1997/98 discussions on the Land Bill which culminated into the 1998 Land Act. The work done by CBR researchers on issues of pastoral crises and transformation during the early 1990’s are still quoted widely by both local and international development and humanitarian/relief agencies.

The Centre has a full-fledged resource centre and internet facilities which enable easy access to secondary literature. CBR has a cohort of researchers with qualifications in various fields in the humanities, law and social sciences. In addition, CBR outsources researchers with key expertise such as in public health, statistics and environmental sciences. Research at CBR is both in-house and commissioned in nature.

Informed by its vision and mission statement, CBR’s objectives include the following:

1. Research on issues of social significance;
2. Documentation of materials on these issues
3. Publication and dissemination of research results
4. Research capacity building

 

Background

Centre for Basic Research (CBR) is a Non-Governmental Organization, (NGO), established in 1987 and a member institute of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA).

CBR’s mission is to spearhead the generation and dissemination of knowledge by conducting research of social, economic and political significance to Uganda in particular and Africa in general, so as to influence policy, raise consciousness and improve the quality of life. In this way CBR has also nurtured researchers in Uganda and elsewhere.

The policy-making organ of CBR is the General Meeting,

Vision

To become a Centre of excellence spearheading generation and dissemination of appropriate basic and policy information and knowledge in collaboration with partners and clients for sustainable development.

Mission

To generate and disseminate knowledge by conducting research of social, economic and political significance to Uganda in particular and Africa in general, so as to influence policy, raise consciousness and improve quality of life.

The policy-making organ of CBR is the General Meeting,

Governance Structure of CBR

The policy-making organ of CBR is the General Meeting, which comprises the researchers. The General Meeting determines all the activities of CBR. The General Meeting has two sub committees namely; Research Policy Council (RPC), Finance and Administration (F&A). The head of the Centre, the Executive Director, oversees implementation of all policy decisions taken by the General Meeting. The day-to-day running of the Centre is the responsibility of the staff in Administration which includes an Administrator, Finance Officer and Head of Library/Documentation Services.

Over the years, the number of researchers at CBR has grown from 8 founding members to 32 today, of which 24 are resident. CBR has now evolved into an institution with a research team composed of both full-time and part-time researchers. Of the 24 resident researchers affiliated to CBR, 14 are Ph.D. holders, 10 have Masters Degrees. Researchers enjoy autonomy and flexibility, and through peer review of their research work and the possibility of a scholarship to pursue further studies, they are able to develop their career paths while contributing to knowledge of societal significance.

CBR provides an institutional umbrella for multi-disciplinary research in a wide range of fields and interests. These include Basic Research that is intended to inform/influence policy as well as national agenda and general consultancy and technical support to development agencies, government, and non-government organizations through commissioned studies.

In the area of basic research since 1988 to-date, CBR Fellows have researched on various topics in the following areas: labour and social movements and democratic struggles; appropriate technology in peasant farming; pastoralism in Karamoja; land tenure and land use; rights and constitutionalism; the informal sector; gender; environmental accountability in decentralized contexts; civil society and governance; non-profit organizations and impact of structural adjustment programmes. The research results have been published as working papers, books and articles in journals and newsletters. Higher institutions of learning, policy-makers and civil society organizations, have used CBR’s researched knowledge.

 

Commisioning

Affiliate Registration

Affiliation to CBR can be both by Individuals and Institutions. Both categories would be entitled to unlimited access to library documents within the library, receive the Annual Report of CBR free of charge, and discount on photocopying charges. Affiliates would also be entitled to participate in Public Lectures and Centre Seminars.

Affiliation shall not automatically entitle any individual or institution to use research facilities of the Centre. These include use of photocopying services, computers and borrowing library books. Borrowing rights will be extended only individually to an affiliate involved in research considered by the Centre to be of benefit to the local community.

 

MEMBERSHIP FEES

Residents earning in local currency

Individual 100,000/= P.A
Institutions 300,000/=P.A
Readership 10,000/=P.M(individuals from affiliated institutions only)

Residents and non-Residents earning in convertible currency

Individual Researchers (MA & PhD) US$ 150 P.A
Researchers (Post-Doctoral & All others) US$ 200 P.A
Institutional US$ 500 P.A

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