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Research Publications

Topic : Logical Steps of Designing a Fundable Project Proposal
Author (s) : Kiggundu Joseph
Journal : Ndejje University Journal Vol. 5
Abstract
Increasingly project oriented development is replacing the traditional comprehensive form of planning. This new trend is perhaps a rejection of the bureaucratic delays in decision making processes that characterize traditional comprehensive planning. Perhaps it is an embracement of the availability of resources from Non-government Organizations. It is evident that its user-friendly, efficient and flexible nature (it is faster in delivering growth and development0 has made it a desired approach for developmental actors. However, the cavet is the need for project proposal writing skills which often is lacking among many actors and organizations in the global south. This article highlights some of the skills one needs to write a fundable project proposal.
 
Topic : Planning to improve Microfinance Institutions’ Performance in Uganda
Author (s) : Dr. Milly Kwagala
Journal : Ndejje University Journal Vol. 5
Abstract
Most of Uganda’s Microfinance Institutions fail to survive in the market. For example, while these institutions numerically grew from 89 in 1990 to 1,592 in 2008, over 93% had quit the Microfinance business by 2010. The above scenario implies that most MFIs fail to realize their performance indicators. This consequently means that their contribution to economic development expected by their operators, clients and government does not materialize. It also brings their planning of performance indicators
 
Topic : Private Management of Urban Water Systems: A Case of Lukaya Water Supply and Sewerage Authority
Author (s) : Mr. Mukama Daudi Mukungu & Mr. Kepha Natolooka
Journal : Ndejje University Journal Vol. 4
Abstract
This paper presents findings of a study that was done to find out factors affecting private management of urban water systems in Masaka District, with Lukaya Water Supply and Sewerage Authority as a case study. It reveals the following as the main factors affecting private management of the urban water scheme in Lukaya: limited experience of the Water Authority and Water Board in contract management; use of an inappropriate base fee model in paying the private operator (leading to accumulation of arrears); lack of checks and balances in procurement of materials from the centre (Directorate of Water Development); inadequate supervision from the centre; limited financial and material resources for more connections and extension of the water system; low water pressure, hence, limiting supply to only the core area of the town; and non-payment of bills by government institutions. To address those encumbrances, the paper recommends: improved supervision of the water authority by the central government; provision of continuous capacity building for both the Water Authority and Water Board in contract management for water services; strengthening the percentage model of payment to the operator; foster transparency, accountability and teamwork in water services delivery; and taking immediate actions to address customers’ complaints by the private operator.
 
Topic : Electronic Learning as a Strategy for Efficient Delivery of University Education Services
Author (s) : Kayongo Paul Mark
Journal : Ndejje University Journal Vol. 4
Abstract
As the demand for higher education continues to increase in Uganda, the cost of providing this education burgeons, particularly in terms of putting up the necessary physical infrastructure and employing the human resources needed to manage educational service delivery. In fact, the cost is often so huge that the University is compelled to resort to borrowing if it is to effectively respond to the demand. This calls upon University management to come up with innovative and cost effective models of providing higher education.

One such innovation is e-learning. E-learning if proposed and adopted by the University Council, is far more cost effective than the physical classroom interaction between teachers and students, which is the dominant form of formal instruction and learning in Uganda today. Where a university needs UGX 505 billion to put up the infrastructure needed to provide educational services to 5000 students, it needs only 17.6 billion if it is using e-learning.

Using Ndejje University as a case study, this article estimates that the adoption of e-learning is likely to increase the enrolment of Ndejje University by a minimum of 5,000 students, which is a 120% increase of the current total enrolment. This is because enrolment will no longer require putting up physical infrastructure first. Rather, it will require installation of satellite signal sensing/detection equipment, establishment of a recording studio, collaboration with communications service providers and stocking of gadgets such as desktops, laptops, television and radio sets that will be provided to enrolled and paid-up students to facilitate their education through e-learning.

The adoption of the e-learning project is expected to promote Ndejje University as an international university because the project will enable the institution to not only enroll students from all corners of the world through online application, admission and tuition payment but also administer electronic teaching, learning, assessment, examination and graduation. The annual requirements for implementing and operating the e-learning project are estimated to cost a total of UGX 17,591,200,000 which is equivalent to US$ 7,036,480. It is believed that such an investment would provide value for money for both the students and the university.