Funded by USAID, the ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) is a partnership of 20 universities in 16 African countries. The main agenda of RAN is to strengthen resilience of communities vulnerable to shocks and stresses in sub-Saharan Africa through university led-local African innovative solutions. RAN has a specific focus to identify, develop and scale solutions that build and strengthen the resilience of communities to natural and man-made stresses and shocks, and this requires a deep engagement with both the vulnerable communities and innovators so as to understand and prioritize community development challenges and ascertain the innovators contribution to strengthening resilience in these communities.
The Network is led by Makerere University www.mak.ac.ug and is one of the eight global development labs under the Higher Education solutions Network (HESN) – www.usaid.gov/hesn. The RAN core partners are; Tulane University’s Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy (DRLA), Stanford University and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); (http://www.ranlab.org).
RAN were part of the inaugural Leap Conference and were official partners in the 2016 Leap Conference. NASE continues to work with RAN in other areas focussed on University-to-business knowledge transfer partnerships, and embedding skills and entrepreneurship in Uganda’s DNA.