EANLA Phase II (2016-2017)

After successfully establishing the network in Uganda and Kenya, Phase II of EANLA will expand the network to the remaining countries of East Africa. Rather than implementing entirely new structures for the management of internationally funded projects, the EANLA 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 will collect this information from the new partner institutions and apply this data to create country specific guides as well as develop targeted trainings and materials that can be used within the universities to improve the quality of international fund management.

In phase II of the EANLA project, workshops and targeted trainings will include 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 will actively foster 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 will demonstrate 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 EANLA 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 work on different projects. By improving upon the online platform in the second phase of the project, we are sure to increase the way in which these universities can interact with one another. Through this platform they will be able to exchange information and examples of good practice, post questions, and help one another.

Phase II is intended to achieve the following:

  1. Expand the EANLA network into the three remaining countries in the East African region (Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi).
  2. Deepen the EANLA 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 this goals and to ensure project continuity the network organizes different activities and training modules at the partner universities. For Phase II the following activities will take place:

Activities EANLA 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 IV 2017
Finance Admnistration Workshop Uganda 9th - 10th January 2017
Finance Admnistration Workshop Kenya III 2017
Finance Admnistration Workshop Tansania III 2017
Good-Practice Visits Kenya & Uganda 2016 - 2017