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Editor's Note

 
Greetings from the LéO Africa Institute.
 
We have yet another opportunity to share with you what the Institute has been up to this month.

The spread of COVID19 continues to present us with unprecedented worry and concern about the future.

Our Institute network across Eastern Africa is committed to making sure the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic does not go to waste, by leveraging their networks and skills to tap into the opportunities and address any challenges that may arise as a result of the pandemic. 

In this issue, we highlight ongoing activities in the "COVID-19 Reset" project, an initiative by the Institute in partnership with the McNulty Foundation. We are also delighted to share the different ways some of our fellows are responding to the pandemic.

Finally, we bring you an enriching conversation with Dr. Mabingo Alfdaniels about his upcoming book.

Stay well.

Editor

Charlotte Natukunda                             

Conversation: Jobs and the Future of Work Beyond Covid19

On Thursday, May 14, the Institute hosted a webinar on the nature of jobs and work in a post-COVID world. The conversation was moderated by our 2017 YELP fellow Raymond Mujuni.

The panelists were: our Head of Faculty, Angelo Izama, who prior to the conversation shared his thoughts on the subject here, and Brenda Katwesigye, co-founder of Wazi Vision. Brenda's article ahead of the conversation painted a picture of what the workplace will look like after this pandemic.

Watch the full conversation here

Our Fellows' Response to COVID-19

We would like to recognize the frontline health workers among our Institute fellows who are doing amazing work to beef up our countries' effective response to the coronavirus pandemic.

In this article for Daily Monitor, Angelo Izama traces the important innovations being spearheaded by Doctors Martin Balaba (YELP Class of 2017) and Prosper Ahimbisibwe (Class of 2018), and how these are helping Uganda's response to the pandemic.

Roland Byagaba (YELP Class of 2018) is working on a new initiative, #Stories4Health, that seeks to bring to the fore personal experiences and human interest stories around new diseases, epidemics, and trauma.

While Rodney Kigundu, (YELP Class of 2019) through Streetlights Uganda is running a campaign to provide food for street children in Kampala.

The Institute appreciates their respective efforts and would like to encourage you to support them as well.

Conversation with Dr. Mabingo Alfdaniels

Our Deputy Director, Kwezi Tabaro, hosted an online conversation with the Ugandan Dance Scholar about his upcoming book "Ubuntu as Dance Pedagogy in Uganda" on May 13.

Dr. Mabingo shared his passion for creating, performing, and sharing art through dance as well as the importance of Ubuntu as a philosophy.

You can watch the full interview here.
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