EANLAR Phase II (2016-2017)

After successfully establishing the network in Uganda and Kenya, Phase II of EANLAR expanded the network to Tanzania and Rwanda. Rather than implementing entirely new structures for the management of internationally funded projects, the EANLAR project focuses on enhancing and consolidating the existing management structures at universities in East Africa. In the first phase of the project, we collected country and university specific information through surveys to gain a better understanding of management structures and processes. In the second phase, we collected this information from the new partner institutions and applied this data to create country-specific guides as well as developed targeted trainings and materials that are used within the universities to improve the quality of international fund management.

In phase II of the EANLAR project, workshops and targeted trainings included experts from funding institutions focused on projects in Africa. By inviting these experts to dialogue with finance administrators, academics, and Principal Investigators from countries in East Africa, we actively fostered the connection between those agencies focused on the South and universities in the South to develop further North-South partnership structures. From these relationships, North-South-South partnership structures can be formed, as part of the training materials provided demonstrated how to develop cooperation with other universities and find project collaborators within and outside of the East African countries. More importantly, the nature of the EANLAR network directly promotes South-South partnerships by providing a platform through which university administrators from various East African countries can directly communicate with one another or continue to work on different projects. By improving upon the online platform in the second phase of the project, we provide better ways of interaction. Through this platform they will be able to exchange information and examples of good practice, post questions, and help one another.

Phase II achieved the following:

  1. Expand the EANLAR network to the remaining countries in the East African region (Tanzania, Rwanda; Burundi in Phase III),
  2. Deepen the EANLAR network with training modules, conferences and workshops that strengthen communication between stakeholders in research projects, such as PIs, donors, and financial administrators, and increase the cultural understanding of different processes,
  3. Increase the volume of communication on the Wikispace; disseminate and increase the usability of the wikispaces,
  4. Develop targeted trainings for financial administrators and principal investigators (including resources mobilizing and integrity promotion),
  5. Promote and strengthen South-South & North-South-South cooperation,

To reach these goals and to ensure project continuity, the network organized different activities and training modules at the partner universities. In Phase II the following activities took place:

Activities EANLAR Phase II

Activity Place Date
Kick-Off Workshop Egerton, Kenya 25th - 27th July 2016
Network Conference Sokoine, Tanzania 13th - 16th November 2016
Network Conference University of Rwanda, Rwanda 13th - 15th November 2017
FA/PI Workshop IUEA Uganda 9th - 10th January 2017
FA/PI Workshop RUCU Tansania 17th - 19th July 2017
FA/PI Workshop JKUAT Kenya 20th - 22th November 2017
Good-Practice Visits Kenya & Uganda 2016 - 2017