May 11, 2009

Third Irish-African Partnership Workshop, Maputo, Mozambique

The Third IAP Workshop – Maputo, Mozambique 11-14 May 2009

The third Irish-African Partnership Workshop took place in the Mozambican capital, Maputo from 11-14 May 2009. It was opened by Mozambique’s Minister of Education and Culture, Dr Aires Bonifácio Ali, and the Rector of Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Professor Filipe José Couto.  Other speakers at the opening ceremony were the Irish Ambassador, Mr Frank Sheridan, the UK High Commissioner, Mr Andrew Soper, and the President of University College Cork, Dr Michael Murphy.

Around 70 senior academics from Mozambique, Malawi, South African, Tanzania and Uganda, and Ireland, North and South, attended. Most of them are specialists in the four research themes which are central to the IAP’s research capacity building work: health, education, gender and ICT.

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The topics covered by the workshop include: lessons from development research (case studies from Mozambique); research for development within higher education institutions; gender as a constraint to research capacity building in higher education institutions; priority themes in health and education research (presentation of draft Foresight Report); the role of higher education in development and poverty reduction – linking research and policy; and planning for the IAP’s ‘summer school’ in Malawi in spring 2010.

On the evening of 12th May there was a public seminar at the Faculty of Medicine in Universidade Eduardo Mondlane entitled: Desenvolvimento na África no Século 21: Desafios e Oportunidades (Development in Africa in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities). The speakers were Professor Edward Webster (University of Witwatersrand, South African), Professor Carlos Nuno Castel-Branco (Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique) and Professor Ronaldo Munck (Dublin City University,Ireland).


The power point presentations at the Maputo workshop were as follows:

Project and Workshop Overview: Dr Niamh Gaynor, Director, Irish-African Partnership and   Dublin City University PowerPoint icon (831Kb)
Lessons from (Human) Development Research: Case Studies from Mozambique: Professor Baltazar Chilundo, Faculty of Medicine, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo PowerPoint icon (2,346Kb)
Dilemmas of Development Research in addressing Complex Problems in Educational Practice: Professor Francisco Januario, Faculty of Education, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane PowerPoint icon (327Kb)
Concepts of Poverty Reduction: Professor Edward Webster, Professor of Sociology, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa PowerPoint icon (154Kb)
Gender as a Constraint to Research Capacity Building within Higher Education Institutions: Learning from institutional experiences in tackling this: Dr Consolata Kabonesa, Department of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University, Kampala PowerPoint icon (206Kb)
Statistics and graphs with Dr Kabonesa’s presentation PowerPoint icon (175Kb)
Refining the Health Priorities Matrix: Dr Eimear Barrett, IAP Health Researcher and Queen’s University Belfast PowerPoint icon (881Kb)
Foresight: Professor Ronaldo Munck, Chair, Executive Committee, IAP and Dublin City University PowerPoint icon (503Kb)
Health and Social Justice: Dr Diarmuid O’Donovan, Senior Lecturer in Social and Preventive Medicine, National University of Ireland Galway PowerPoint icon (2,959Kb)
Towards a More Refined Education Priorities Matrix: Dr Mary Goretti Nakabugo, IAP Education Researcher and Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick PowerPoint icon (475Kb)
Linking Research, Policy and Practice: Dr Niamh Gaynor PowerPoint icon (228Kb)
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