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Makerere University 

Makerere is the eighth largest University in Africa, accounting for 50% of University enrollment in Uganda. Ranked 5th in Africa by Times higher education in Africa (2018), Makerere is the 2nd top Research University in Africa with 90% of research publications in Uganda.  It also has the largest Library on the African Continent, with 200,000 volumes; a 4,000 seater capacity, the fastest internet, and the largest bandwidth in Africa outside South Africa. The university has 10 Colleges with more than 250-degree programs, with about 1600 academic staff, covering a variety of domains of academics specializing in various aspects.  In addition, Makerere University hosts a number of globally recognized centers of excellence:

  1. i) the Makerere World Bank Regional Centre of Excellence in Crop Improvement (MaRCCI),
  2. ii) African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Centre of Excellence for Notions on Identity

iii) the UNESCO Centre of Excellence in Journalism and Media Studies.

Makerere University Hosts the first  Rotary Peace Center on the African Continent. It is the seventh Rotary Peace Center in the world. Up to 40 fellowships are awarded annually for the professional development certificate program at the Makerere Rotary Peace Center, Kampala, Uganda
The Makerere University Rotary Peace Center offers a Post Graduate Diploma in Peacebuilding, Conflict Transformation, and Development hosted by the Makerere University Peace and Conflict Studies Program (PCS).

Is the professional development certificate program right for me?

The year-long blended-learning certificate program will emphasize issues and solutions that are of particular relevance throughout the African continent, and hands-on experience will complement coursework that addresses human rights, governance, and media; the role of climate change; refugee migration, and community cohesion.

The ideal candidate is a proven peace and development leader with at least five years of relevant work experience. Candidates need to come to the program with a social change initiative to promote peace and development within the program region or their community and have a clear vision of how the fellowship experience and network will help advance their peace work and increase their impact. After the program, candidates should be willing to share their own work and experience, staying in touch with peace fellows in the region, and maintaining strong connections with Rotarians.

Academic Staff Biographies

Acting Principal, College of Humanities and Social Sciences and former Dean, School of Women and Gender Studies.

Has over 20 years of teaching Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University in the field of feminist theory, gender and politics, livelihood, and cultural studies.

Extensive experience in feminist research and has published widely in the fields of gender and politics, labour, and cultural studies. Recent publications include a co-edited book titled Controlling Consent: Uganda’s 2016 Elections published by Africa World Press, Trenton, US, co-edited book entitled:

Gender Poverty and Social Transformation: Reflections on Fractures and Continuities in Contemporary Uganda published by Fountain Publishers, Kampala, and authored a book entitled:  Localised or Localising Democracy:

Gender and the Politics of Decentralisation in Contemporary Uganda.  Associate Member of the African Gender Institute (AGI) and the Council for Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA).

Dr. Helen Nambalirwa Nkabala holds a PhD (Stavanger/Makerere), M.Phil.

Theology (Bergen), Master of Arts in Peace and Reconciliation Studies (Coventry), PGDE/ME in Educational Technologies (University of Cape Town), and BA (Makerere); is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Religion and Peace Studies, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, at Makerere University.

She is well equipped with conflict resolution and management, relationship building and management, networking and interpersonal skills relevant for interacting with different partners including government institutions, other development partners, NGOs and the private sector in multi-cultural settings.

In addition to her work at Makerere, Helen is a trainer at various institutions, among them, are; AIPR- Foundations of Mass Atrocities, SIT- Developing and Maintaining Collaborative Relationships, UNMISS staff in Conflict Transformation as well Social Cohesion, and the Uganda Police in Peacebuilding, Conflict Transformation, and Development.

She has won and executed grants as Principal Investigator from USIP, UN Women, and MasterCard Foundation among others. More recently, she was appointed as the inaugural Director of the First Rotary Peace Center in Africa, hosted at Makerere University.

Helen is also a member of the Makerere University Council.

Dr. Samson Barigye is a Lecturer in the Department of Religion and Peace Studies at Makerere University in Uganda.

He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Conflict Studies from the University of Cape Town, South Africa (2014); a Master’s Degree in Post-War Recovery Studies from the University of York, U.K (2008);

A Master’s Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from Makerere University (2005); a Post-Graduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management from the Uganda Management Institute (2007), and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Sciences from Makerere University (2001).

Dr. Veneranda Mbabazi is a senior lecturer in the Department of Religion and Peace Studies, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Makerere University – Uganda.

She is a theologian and a development Economist. She studies from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium and Uganda Martyrs University, Uganda.

Mbabazi has been in an instrument in designing short course for peace programs and she is on the Makerere core team that teach short courses to Ugandan Police Force. Mbabazi possesses conflict resolution and management skills. Mbabazi’s areas of interest are Gender and Leadership, Peace and Development, Gender and Peacebuilding, and Conflict Transformation.

Prof. Sylvia Antonia Nannyonga-Tamusuza holds :

Ph.D.  in Music/Ethnomusicology (2001) University of Pittsburgh, USA

Dissertation: “Baakisimba: Music, Dance, and Gender among the Baganda People of Uganda”

M.A.    Music (1996)   Makerere University, Uganda

Thesis: “Comparative Study of Secular and Sacred Music of the Baganda People of Uganda”

B.A. Education (Music and Economics) Honors (1991)   Makerere University, Uganda


2008 – 2012  George Mason University, USA, – Doctor of Philosophy in Conflict Analysis and Resolution

2006 – 2008  Brandeis University, USA –  Master of Arts (MA), Coexistence and Conflict Resolution

2006      United Nations – New York, USA – International Dialogue and Mediation Training

1995      Dameline School of Management, South Africa – Manager Development Diploma

1991 -1992   Islamic University of Uganda, Mbale, Uganda – Post Graduate Diploma, Education

1987 -1991 Islamic University of Uganda, Mbale, Uganda – Bachelor of Arts (BA), Islamic Studies

IT Skills: MAXQDA, NVIVO, and SPSS (Data analysis), Database management (SQL), Dragon, Video and Web editing, other project and knowledge management programs, MS Office, QuickBooks, and Tallie. 



Dr. Chris Tuhirirwe, BA (Hons), PGDE, MA, PhD (Religious Studies, Mak.), is a Lecturer in the Department of Religion and Peace Studies, Makerere University.

He also holds a Certificate in Basic Human Rights (Danish Institute for Human Rights, Copenhagen, Denmark), Postgraduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution Skills (Center for Peace and Reconciliation Studies, Coventry University, United Kingdom). His areas of specialization, teaching and research interest include: Comparative Religions, Biblical Studies, New Religious Movements, Research Methods, Religion and Peace Building, Religion and Leadership.