Funded Projects 2014/15

Twenty nine (29) research projects/initiatives received awards from the Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Trust Research Fund, with applications coming from a range of Cambridge departments, faculties and institutes. The awards will help to support research and research-related travel, workshops and courses in African countries.

Research/initiative title Cambridge & African collaborators African country
1 Is There a Developmental State in Rwanda? Dr Ha-Joon Chang (Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge), and Professor Julius Kiiza (Makerere University) Rwanda
2 Local communities, institutions and peacebuilding in Northern Uganda Dr Devon Curtis (Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Cambridge)
and Dr Paul Omach (Makerere University)
3 Representations of Homosexuality in Ugandan Media and Literary Texts Dr Veronique Mottier (Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge)
and Dr Edgar Nabutanyi (Makerere University)
4 Development of Teacher Competencies through Distance Education Dr Mark Winterbottom (Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge)
and Dr Harriet Mutambo Nabushawo (Makerere University)
5 Travel award - initiate future research collaborations on genome sequencing of streptococcus pneumoniae Professor Stephen Bentley (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute)
and Dr Eric Sampane-Donkor (University of Ghana, Legon)
6 Characterization of the traditional medicine A. senegalensis as anticonvulsant Dr Berthold Hedwig & Dr Jimena Berni (Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge)
and Dr Sadiq Yunuf (Kampala International University)
7 Neuroscience summer school as a way to establish a research and teaching laboratory at the
University of Dar es Salaam
Dr Isabel Peset Martin (Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute)
and Dr Flora Stephano (University of Dar es Salaam)
8 Sustainable Agricultural Practices in Southern Tanzania (SAP-ST) Dr Tinashe Chiurugwi (National Institute of Agricultural Botany, Cambridge)
and Dr Elly Kafiriti (Naliendele-Mtwara Research Institute)
9 Bioinformatics approaches for Next Generation Sequencing analysis Dr Jelena Aleksic (Centre for Stem Cell Research, University of Cambridge)
and Dr Daniel Masiga (icipe - African Insect Science for Food and Health)
10 African Heritage Challenges: Development and Sustainability Dr Marie Louise Stig Sorensen (Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge)
and Professor Chris Boonzaaier (University of Pretoria)
Kenya, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Botswana
11 Supporting children with disabilities in South
Africa: developing a school based intervention programme
Dr Nidhi Singal (Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge)
and Professor Jace Pillay (University of Johannesburg)
South Africa
12 Tourism orientated policy intervention and implication on community development and biodiversity conservation Dr Chris Sandbrook (Department of Geography, University of Cambridge)
and Dr Wilber Manyisa Ahebwa (Makerere University)
13 Description and analysis of information structure in Luganda Dr Jenneke van der Wal (Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge)
and Dr Saudah Namyalo (Makerere University)
14 University-School partnerships for mentoring: Closing the theory practice gap in initial teacher education Dr Elaine Wilson (Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge)
and Dr Rovincer Najjuma (Makerere University)
15 Travel award - Building Research Capacity in Computational Linguistics Dr Paula Buttery (Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge)
and Dr Fridah Katushemererwe (Makerere University)
16 Building an African biomedical research community Dr Timothy Thomas Weil (Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge)
and Dr Marta Vicente Crespo (Kampala International University)
17 Advanced Solar Technology and Viable Investment Opportunities for Social Enterprises in Uganda Dr Shai Vyakarnam (Judge Business School, University of Cambridge) 
and Dr Mutunzi Ahmed Kitunzi (Makerere University)
Uganda & Ghana
18 Travel award - The prevalence of enteric viral infections in Ugandan children Professor Ian Goodfellow (Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge)
and Alison Elliott (MRC/UVRI Uganda)
19 Development of electro-porcelain composites from local raw materials in Ghana Dr Kevin Knowles (Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy, University of Cambridge) 
and Dr Abu Yaya (University of Ghana, Legon)
20 Biotic and aboitic factors influencing the costs of Plasmodium falciparum infection in Anopheles gambiae s.s. Dr Frank Jiggins (Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge) 
and Dr Fred Aboagye-Antwi (University of Ghana, Legon)
21 Developing a new science education curriculum to promote sustainability, ecology and the environment  Dr Mark Winterbottom (Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge)
and Dr Henry Ssebuliba Busulwa (Makerere University)
22 Effect of Mobile Money Technology Adoption on Financial Literacy and Financial Inclusion in Uganda Professor Jaideep Prabhu (Judge Business School, University of Cambridge)
and Dr Bruno Lule Yawe (Makerere University)
23 Contribution of strain diversity to rotavirus vaccine effectiveness in Ghana: Investigating human rotavirus reservoirs and strain diversity in farm animals Dr Barbara Blacklaws (Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge)
and Dr Osbourne Quaye (University of Ghana, Legon)
24 Politics, the State and Limits of Oil Led Development in Uganda and Ghana Dr Kun-Chin Lin (Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Cambridge)
and Dr Juma Anthony Okuku (Makerere University)
Uganda & Ghana
25 P. falciparum ex vivo invasion and inhibition assays in the field: Assay optimization and implementation workshop Dr Julian Rayner (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute)
and Dr Souleymane Mboup (Cheikh Anta Diop University)
26 Energy harvesting via Graphene based Dye Sensitized Solar Cells
Dr Tawfique Hasan (Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge) and Dr David Dodoo-Arhin (University of Ghana, Legon) Ghana
27 Rereading violent biblical texts to promote peaceful solutions: A model for African biblical hermeneutics Dr Emma Wild-Wood (Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide, University of Cambridge)
and Dr Helen Nkabala Nambalirwa (Makerere University)
28 Characterisation of Campylobacter from diarrhoeal patients and chickens in Botswana Dr Andrew Grant (Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge)
and Dr Maitshwarelo Ignatious Matsheka (University of Botswana)
29 Infancy lipidomic profiles, breast milk fat intake and infancy growth cohorts Dr Philippa Prentice (Department of Paediatrics, University of Cambridge) and Professor Shane Norris (University of the Witwatersrand) South Africa