The 1st Deputy Prime Minister, Gen [Rtd] Moses Ali has officially launched the BRAC-CEGA Learning Collaborative.
The learning collaborative is a joint partnership between the Independent Evaluation and Research Centre (IERC) of BRAC International and the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) of the University of California, Berkeley funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The goal of the BCLC is to ensure that BRAC programming is based on rigorous evidence.
The training workshop provided an opportunity for the leaders and programme staff of BRAC to learn more about how to generate and use high quality evidence and boost engagement with potential counterparts as well as enable the exchange of ideas for joint research projects.
During his remarks, Moses Ali commended BRAC for partnering with the government in various developmental programmes including health, education, agriculture, poultry and livestock, youth empowerment and financial services.
“These efforts are contributing to improving the lives of millions of Ugandans. The already existing collaborations and linkages should be strengthened, especially as BRAC is well aligned with the governments’ focus and plans. Through these important relationships and partnerships, we can ensure sustainability, involvement of the community and strengthened development in Uganda,’’ he said.
In attendance were the Regional Director for Africa- Lamia Rashid, Director of the Independent Evaluation Research Centre, Dr Zulfiquar Ali and many others. Country Director, Hasina Akhter also commended BRAC’s work in Uganda, which he said reaches an estimated 4.2 million Ugandans and would continue to grow.
BRAC International is one of the largest development NGO in the world providing almost 140 million people globally with empowerment and livelihood programs, financial services, and heath care, currently operating in 11 countries.