Institutional capacity strengthening
The objectives are two fold; (i) to unlock the potential of NARS by improving the research environment through addressing key human
resource and infrastructural challenges, and (ii) to broaden the reach of bio science activities supported by home institutions.
The main aspects of BecA-ILRI Hub’s intervention are:
i) Technical assistance (lab design and management, equipment installation and commissioning, training of equipment engineers and laboratory technicians)
ii) Support for securing funding for capacity building activities, and;
iii) Connections to networks and key influencers (e.g., suppliers of reagents and lab equipment)
iv) Customized training workshops at NARS institution
v) Brokerage of partnerships for research, training and resource mobilization.
On 5 May 2014, a team of engineers led by BecA-ILRI Hub Capacity Building Senior Scientist Dr Wellington Ekaya, helped set up a modern biosciences laboratory at the Gulu University in Northern Uganda.
Engineers Sam Chiera and James Ndegwa from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) engaged in a week-long installation process of the new bioscience platform which will support the human medicine, veterinary medicine, plant science and basic sciences faculties of the university. The purchase of the equipment for the laboratory was funded by grant of USD 784600.00 from World Bank and Government of Uganda channeled through Uganda National Council for Science and Technology Uganda - Millennium Science Initiative program.
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