Activity grant reports

Science for girls in Ghana
DFC would like to support you in staying in touch and join forces with other alumni members to provide opportunities for you to continue making a positive impact in your community or professional field. We also wish to strengthen your relations to Denmark and for you to continue being an ambassador for Denmark. Organizing events with and for Danida alumni in your region is a great way of strengthening your professional network, including possibilities to expand it by including relevant Danish stakeholders.

We therefore offers activity grants 2 - 3 times a year to Danida alumni who are accepted as members of the  Danida Alumni Network  as well as the local Danida Alumni Network in your country (if such exist) for an alumni activity or event within the following categories:

  1. Activities or events that strengthen the local alumni community
  2. Activities  that promote networking and collaboration between your country and Denmark
  3. Activities  that promote sustainable development by addressing one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals

Below you find activity reports after a successful first round of alumni activity grants resulting in the support to seven very different activities. It is our hope that the activity reports can serve as an inspiration to start up activities as well as looking out for other funding possibilities than the Danida Activity Grant with regards to our limited funding possibilities. 

Uganda: ECO schools – pilot on waste management for school children in GULU (grant 2017)

Danida Alumni Network (Uganda) in partnership with Afrigreen Sustain, a waste management company in Uganda held waste management activities across 4 schools in Gulu Municipality. The target participants were pupils from primary five to primary seven (age 10-12) and their teachers. More than 1000 pupils from the 4 schools attended the workshops. Read more here

Uganda: Bi-annual Danida alumni plant clinic (grant 2017)

Danida alumni and one sub county agricultural extension officer attended to over 70 farmers who had brought sick plant samples for examination and treatment. The Danida alumni (plant doctors) closely observed the sick plants, inquired about the plant and field history and then offered the consulting farmers advice on how to prevent and control the presented constraints. The crops that were brought for consultation were majorly; coffee, banana, maize, cassava, beans, cabbages and ground nuts. Read more here

Ghana: 2-Day Science and Technology seminar series for females in first cycle institutions (grant 2017)

Danida Alumni together with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) held a two-day science and technology seminar for 56 young girls and their teachers. The participants came from selected public junior high schools. The goal of the seminar was to generate the interest of the girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and motivate them to higher heights in their academic pursuits. Read more here

Kenya: Networking event for women in management among Danida alumni (grant 2017)

The main objective of coming together was net-working, sharing and providing information for women empowerment  to make women better at business and hence empowered economically. Read more here

Kenya: Capacity building workshop on climate change (grant 2017)

Members were sensitized on Climate change issues and encouraged to interact and update the world on the ongoing projects to enhance strategic partnership especially with other DANIDA alumni who are not necessarily part of RCE Greater Nairobi. All members were encouraged to become active change agents for mitigation against Climate Change and general Environmental Conservation. Read more here

Nepal: Role of Nepalese Universities in addressing Sustainable Development Goals (grant 2017)

The main aim of the workshop program was  to uncover the agendas of Nepalese Universities, Government Stakeholders and Diplomatic agencies in addressing issues of Quality Education and Gender Equality under SDGs. Read more here

Benin: Establishment and launch of a local alumni network (grant 2017)

The aim of the Danida Alumni Day was to share how Danida former fellows from different fields of expertise can contribute to the development of Benin, as well discuss strategies for an alumni network and to increase membership. Read more here

Uganda: Strengthening School Menstrual Hygiene Management (grant 2018)

The goal of the project was to strengthen the capacity of adolescent girls, boys, teachers and school management in Lira Sub-County, Lira District, to manage their menstruation effectively and in a hygienic way through improved knowledge, attitude and practices and access to affordable reusable sanitary menstrual materials. Read more here

Ghana: Empowering Rural Women In The Shea Nut Industry (grant 2018)

This activity (training program) was designed for rural women in Northern Ghana who produce Shea Butter. In order to increase their low incomes, they were trained in the skill of Shea soap production through this program. Read more here

Tanzania: The Taste of Morogoro Food Festival (grant 2018)

The event was in partnership with Morogoro municipal community to effect the link between University and community in addressing food safety challenges through behavior change communication approach. Read more here 

Ghana: Stakeholders forum on opportunities for managing coconut residue in Accra and team (grant 2018)

The aim of this stakeholder forum was to provide a platform for discussing and formulating an executable road map for managing the waste generated from the sale of coconuts. Read more here

Kenya: Sensitization on Climate Smart Agricultural Technologies and Dryland Forestry Products (grant 2018)

To address the increasing deforestation and cycles of droughts in Kenyan three Danida alumni organized an open day to sensitize the local community in the lower eastern region. Read more here

Kenya: Workshop to strengthen ties between Danida alumni in academia and industry (grant 2018)

The event took place in Kenyatta Hospital Grounds in Nairobi to strengthen the local alumni community so as to create a platform that brought members from academia and industry together. As such, members were able to know each other well and also get to know the various strategic partnerships involved within the network. Read more here

Kenya: Promoting Environmental Conservation through Tree Planting and Bee Keeping Activities (grant 2018)

The activity successfully planted 4000 seedlings, issued 2000 tree seedlings to farmers and an additional 2000 distributed to 9 schools in Baringo county. 12 bee hives was also issued to two community conservancy groups as an alternative source of income. The community was later sensitized on environmental and biodiversity conservation.  

Uganda: Sustainable Waste Management through Innovative Technologies (grant 2018)

The activity was aimed at engaging different stakeholders in discussing approaches towards encouraging and supporting innovative and best practices towards achieving sustainable waste management in Gulu. Read more here

Uganda: Sustaining Young Adolescents in Schools through Menstrual Hygiene Management (grant 2019)

Following on from last year's activity, this project aimed to develop the capacity of adolescent girls and boys as well as teachers and school management in Lira Sub-County, in support of improved menstrual hygiene management. Ultimately, the goal is to sustain girls in school through increased knowledge, change in attitude and access to affordable and hygienic menstrual materials. In total 215 pupils were trained in menstrual hygiene management and the production of reusable sanitary pads. Read more here

Burkina Faso: Training of Student Delegates on Civism and Human Rights (grant 2019)

The overall objective of this activity, wwas to instill respect for human rights and a culture of responsible citizenship in students of five secondary schools in the Department of Silly. The two-day training was delivered to twenty students. Read more here

Ghana: Science and Technology Seminar for Females in First Cycle Institutions, Phase II (grant 2019)

Following on from the last seminar, Danida Alumni together with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) held a two-day science and technology seminar for 160 girls - three times the number of participants compared to last year's inaugural seminar. The goal of this two-day event was to stimulate the interest of female pupils in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and increase female participation in STEM programmes and careers. Read more here

Mexico: Antimicrobial Resistance: Snapshots of the Danish Experience (grant 2019)

Together with the Danish Embassy in Mexico, the Danida Alumni Network Mexico organised this seminar on solutions to antimicrobial resistance. It convened over 80 representatives from a total of 19 organisations across Denmark and Mexico and has set the foundations for strengthened collaboration and new connections between actors in the two countries. Read more here