The grand development challenge in Uganda is to increase incomes among the 70% Ugandans who earn less than UGX4,000 per day. Increase in income is recognized as the most holistically low-cost and high impact solution to complex global problems like energy insecurity, food insecurity, poor health, or poverty in general.
The Center rea of inquiry leverages current UCU strengths at the intersection of water, energy and food/feed. This intersection is of greatest interest because it is commonly featured when circular systems are considered in sustainability efforts. Circularity and sustainability are “two sides of the same development coin.”
The Center core values include transitioning technology-based solutions to innovations, embracing multidisciplinary approaches in everything we do, and seamlessly combining undergraduate and graduate education, as well as skilling school dropouts. These values are central to the Center overarching outcome of increasing incomes among 70% of Ugandans earning less that UGX4,000 per day through technology-based interventions