The UBIDS International Spotlight is an initiative by the International Collaborations Office (ICO) to highlight the international activities of the university’s staff, faculty and students. For the maiden edition of the SPOTLIGHT in June 2022, Dr. Constance A. Akurugu and Dr. Maxwell A. Aziabah are featured for enhancing the visibility/ reputation of UBIDS in the international Arena.
Dr. Constance A. Akurugu speaks at the 7th Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Bali, Indonesia.

AkuruguDr. Akurugu, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of  Public Policy and Management of the Faculty of Public Policy and Governance, was one of the global speakers at the gender section of the 7th Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction from 23rd to 28th May, 2022 in Bali, Indonesia. Her contribution was on the theme “ Gender Mainstreaming issues and needs in End to End-Early Warning System for Hydro-Meteorological events in West Africa”.

The Global Platform is a multi-stakeholder forum attended by governments, the UN System Entities, Intergovernmental Organisations and other stakeholders to discuss and review progress towards implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. You can read about the details of the 7th Session of the Global Platform here:

Congratulations to Dr. Akurugu for showcasing UBIDS  on this Global Platform.

MaxwellDr. Aziabah, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Community Development, Faculty of Planning and Land Management, was selected as a Fellow of the Africa Science Leadership Programme (ASLP) in October 2020 for a period of two years.  He participated in a workshop to close out the fellowship year for the the sixth cohort of ASLP Fellows held at Future Africa, University of Pretoria, from 9th – 13th June, 2022.

The ASLP is an initiative of the University of Pretoria and the Global Young Academy, with support from Robert Bosch Stiftung. The Programme aims to grow mid-career African academics in the areas of thought leadership, team management, and research development to enable them to contribute to developing a new paradigm science in Africa, focused on its contribution to solving the complex issues facing both Africa and the global community. Learn more about ASLP cohort 6 here: