Greetings from Makerere University, School of Public Health (MakSPH) – ResilientAfrica Network (RAN)

On behalf of Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Vice Chancellor Makerere University, this is to cordially invite you to the launch of the 2nd State of African Resilience Report. The report launch is scheduled Thursday March 22nd, 2018 from 7:30 am- 11:00 am EAT at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel.

Over the past 5 years, the RAN team has been working towards significantly contributing to strengthening the resilience of targeted communities in sub-Saharan Africa to priority shocks and stresses through developing, nurturing and scaling innovative technologies and approaches to respond to these community challenges. Given the above goal, in 2014, amidst other program activities, RAN developed and published the 1st State of African Resilience Report which describes the creation of a pan-African network of four Resilience Innovation Labs (RILabs) in Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa, and the Horn of Africa; a contextual analysis of resilience factors based on extensive literature review enabled the selection of targeted resilience themes and communities as well as the qualitative data collection which helped in the development of contextual resilience frameworks.

Steadily progressing, in 2017, RAN further developed and published the 2nd State of African Resilience Report which discusses the development of resilience pathways based on further quantitative data analysis, as well as, the development of innovations informed by this analysis to strengthen community resilience. This report first discusses RAN’s methodological approach, which is organized around the RAN conceptual evidence based resilience framework; this is followed by a discussion of the findings from the four RILabs, which present the resilience key pathways as well as innovations. This work has been made possible with the generous support from USAID Washington. It is this report we are officially launching on March 22nd, 2018!

We acknowledge that your office is an integral part of all activities directed towards the further development and growth of our nation Uganda and would appreciate having you join us for the launch of the 2nd State of African Resilience Report. Additionally, this is yet another rich opportunity for us to bring together key stakeholders to further generate, share and put into use knowledge related to strengthening community resilience through community engagement, development, incubation, testing and scaling of potentially transformative innovative solutions to address diverse community and development challenges.

Please share your feedback with Harriet Adong on email hadong@ranlab.org telephone +256 772 470 626 or Christine Muhumuza, email cmuhumuza@ranlab.org, telephone +256 772 658 876.

The full report is also accessible on http://ranlab.org/soarr2