Uganda: UNDP launches Economics and Gender curriculum

11 Jun 2010

Uganda’s Makerere University in conjunction with UNDP today launched a new Master of Arts focusing on economics and gender, the first of its kind in an African University. 

The new Degree programme, Master of Arts in Gender-Aware Economics, is aimed at arming policy makers and planners with knowledge and tools to apply gender consideration in economic analysis and policymaking. It is expected that the course will lead to better streamlining of gender issues in policy formulation and planning at various levels; national, regional and beyond. It is also expected that the skills and rigorous analysis that will be gained from the course will contribute to accelerating achievement of the Millennium development Goal on Gender (Goal 3).

The Programme tenable at Makerere University’s Faculty of Economics & Management and run jointly with the University’s Department of Women & Gender studies, is open to students from English speaking Africa.

Dr. Gabriel Opio, Uganda’s Minister of Gender Labour & Social Development said, “The Masters Degree will provide Africa with a new generation of economists, planners and policy makers, who are aware of the costs of existing gender inequalities.” He said the cost to national development incurred from gender inequalities is immense.

Recent studies show that investing in gender equality can accelerate economic growth and reduce poverty and conversely persistent gender inequalities reduce prospects for economic growth.    

UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Theophane Nikyema, said the introduction of the course is in line with UNDP’s new and recently signed Country Programme Action Plan (2010-2014) that identifies gender equality as a key driver of development.    

Contact Information

Maureen Mundea, UNDP Regional Communications Advisor, Tel: +27 71671873, maureen.mundea@undp.org.
Dr. Patrick Birungi: Senior National Economist; Tel: +256 772 744 188, Patrick.birungi@undp.org
Mr. Simon Omoding, Communications Analyst, +256 772 744 188, simon.omoding@undp.org