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It is a Long Way to the Top: Increasing Women’s Leadership in Ugandan Public Universities

T. Mulyampiti, R. M. Kabeba, C. Kanabahita. CODESRIA, Dakar, 2018, ISBN: 978-2-86978-787-2

This study underscores the importance of including women in leadership positions in academia. Research on leadership development and managerial success in universities has continuously pointed to the absence of support frameworks to encourage women’s development. Despite numerous interventions to address this challenge, diffculties continue to persist. This work is therefore a timely contribution to the debates around gender and leadership in African universities with a particular focus on Makerere University, where ten female professors are profled. It demonstrates that despite interventions, the gender gap at universities continues to expand, thus requiring critical interventions which address techniques and strategies of inclusion/exclusion

Tabitha Mulyampiti is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University. She holds an MA in Women Studies from Makerere University and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Vienna. Her research interests include: gender, public sector analysis and National Development Planning (NDP). She has carried out related work in Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland.

Roberts Muriisa Kabeba is professor in the Department of Governance and Planning at Mbarara University of Science and Technology. He holds a PhD and MPhil in Public Administration from the University of Gergen. He has held various top leadership positions at Makerere including Dean of the Faculty of Development Studies, and chair of various committees at Mbarara University of Technology. His research interests include: land Governance, political economy, social capital, public policy, NGOs & development, HIV/AIDS, higher education, peace and security: migration and security. He has published widely on higher education, and questions related to gender and land.

Catherine Kanabahita is the Executive Director of Development Network of Indigenous Voluntary Associations (DENIVA). She also worked as Director of the Gender Mainstreaming Directorate at Makerere University from 2007 to 2015. She holds an MA in Business Administration from the Edinburgh Business School, an MA in Gender Studies and a BA in Mass Communication from Makerere University. She was a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at Clark Atlanta University, Georgia, USA for the academic year 2015/2016. She is a development practitioner with over 15 years’ experience working in civil society, donor agencies, government and academia. Her interests include: project management, strategic planning, resource mobilization and communication.

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