BRAC Uganda’s emergency preparedness and response programme signed an MoU on September 5, 2019, with Makerere University’s Department of Geography, Geo-Informatics and Climatic Sciences (DGGCS) at BRAC Country Office in Nsambya, Kampala.
The purpose of this MoU is to expand the framework of cooperation between collaborators and the lead partners to develop and implement mutually beneficial programmes. Prioritised areas are emergency response and preparedness, with focus on refugees, persons with disabilities, women, children, elders and youth.
This MoU further stipulates a number of objectives to the respective partners, including DGGCS-MAK’s responsibility to develop standard operating procedures (SOP). These SOPs will be a part of BRAC Uganda’s policy document to guide the core emergency response team to act on a timely manner during any large-scale emergency.
This partnership is being headed by Dr Yazidhi Bamutaze, Head of DGGCS, as the lead consultant, with the assistance Dr Bob Nakileza, senior lecturer at DGGCS. The MoU was signed by both of them as well as BRAC Uganda’s country representative Ms Hasina Akhter, in the presence of the emergency preparedness and response programme’s lead, Martin Okwir.
BRAC seeks to prioritise expansion in Uganda because of the existing emergency preparedness and response programme in refugee settlements. BRAC Uganda’s EPR programme is currently working in the West Nile region and Kiryandongo field with an aim to build resilience. With practical experience in the field, BRAC Uganda’s EPR is expanding its scope of work to develop district level disaster prevention plan and explore potential research projects in the working area. With support from academia, DGGCS-MAK will play a key role in assisting the development of these planned activities.