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I am Frederick Kakembo PhD from Ndejje University in Uganda (firstname.lastname@example.org/ email@example.com). We are interested in joining up (as a co-research institution) with a lead researcher or lead research consortia, (Principal investigators) on a project entitled 'Transformations to Sustainability (T2S)'. See the call for Project at belmontforum.org/transformations-sustainability-t2s
At Ndejje University, we are developing multidisciplinary research and development projects aimed at harnessing shared responsibilities (inter-sectoral partnerships) and synergistic frameworks (integration of knowledge/expertise) to achieve a series of sustainable development goals. Specifically, we focus on promoting welfare of grassroots communities by enhancing the Food-Energy-Water-Ecosystem nexus. Currently, we are endeavouring to develop capacities for up-scaling waste recycling for commercial scale production of bio-energy briquettes, biogas, electricity (biomass gasification), pesticides, disinfectants fertilizers and animal nutrients. The strategies for achieving the above include developing; 1) creating of public awareness on prospects of waste-recycling; 2) developing socio-economic incentives for community engagement in waste management; 3) undertaking capacity building in technical operations of waste recycling; 4) attracting private sector investment by demonstrating feasibility of recycling and through developing business models; 5) streamlining institutional frameworks and; 6) proposing supportive policy framework on waste recycling.
The three phased scheme comprises of;
1) Multidisciplinary team building: for integrating fields that relate with waste recycling. These include Engineering; generating bio-energy from organic wastes for powering municipal greening initiatives (irrigation) and wastewater treatment; Agriculture; producing bio-char and compost for municipal greening initiatives; business/management; socio-economic incentives, business models and entrepreneurship skills for up-scaling municipal waste recycling and; Social sciences, ICT & education; popularizing waste recycling and reuse.
2) Joint ventures with public-private-sector agencies: Conducting participatory needs assessments involving faculties and public-private-sector agencies; joint project planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Workshops have so far been conducted with 5 municipalities, 4 central government agencies and 9 private sector agencies. This phase was occasioned by a corporate dinner for the launching of the first Academia-Public-private partnership on 17th February 2017, graced by the president of Uganda.
3) Dissemination and capacity building initiatives; use of user-friendly multimedia platforms to inform grassroots communities; imparting technical, financial and managerial skills in communities and educational institutions. This phase was occasioned by the first international scientific conference on bio-waste recycling in Uganda on 26th -28th September 2016 opened by Minister of Energy/mineral resources and closed by Minister of Water and Environment. http://www.ndejjeuniversityconf.ac.ug/
Find attached project concept entitled; Waste to Wealth: Transforming Norms, Attitudes and Practices for Sustainability
The Sustainable Europe Research Institute SERI Germany would also be interested in collaboration, with a background in political economy, consumer studies and sustainability strategy development. However, we are not in a position to coordinate a consortium - has anybody made up her mind yet?
Ciao, Joachim H. Spangenberg