Partnerships and Network Management for Development: A case of ResilientAfrica Network (RAN)

USAID believes that partnerships and networks can be an effective way to work in development with many institutions and organization which are active and add value. Similarly, ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) believes that leveraging partnerships and networks, knowledge, scholarship, and creativity could help build institutional capabilities and reduce vulnerabilities and increase development. Established in 2012, RAN benefited from USAID funding with support from the Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN) of the US Global Development Lab. RAN at Makerere University is the largest network of Universities in Africa. The purpose of this planned webinar is to increase the capacity of HEIs to convene stakeholders and governments within the respective countries to identify development challenges, for rigorous research and translation across the value chain. This webinar will be led by Research Technical Assistance Center (RTAC) partner Makerere University ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) as part of the RTAC task 2 activities; developing and maintaining a pool of researchers in Africa and beyond. 

Theme: Partnerships and Network Management for Development:  A case of ResilientAfrica Network (RAN)

Subtheme 1:  How RAN engages with its network: 

  • How was RAN formed? A case of the RILabs
  • University-level engagements 
  • Regional level engagements 
  • Engagements with US based Universities and best practices 

 Subtheme 2:  Network analysis 

  • Benchmarking existing networks and how they have successfully worked
  • Leveraging on existing structures and platforms 

Subtheme 3: Network management 

  • Develop a working definition of successful network (a case of RAN – examples of functional RILabs over and beyond 7 years, innovations that have developed into startups, LASER Pulse, RTAC, CTCA, AFROHUN etc)
  • Addressing interests and clearly highlight the roles of partners within the network 
  • Crisis management approaches and mitigation strategies (case studies of TUSOME buyin, West Africa).
  • Sustainability plan for the networks (examples of how RAN has sustained its network – MOUs without financial implications, committing non-financial resources like office space, etc).


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