The Master of Arts in Gender-Aware Economics (MAGAE) was established at Makerere University as the first of its kind on the continent, having borrowed a leaf from other programs in the developed world. Gender Aware Economics is a new and fast growing branch of economics with well-established and highly ranked journals such as Feminist Economics. The idea was developed upon recognition of the fact that in many developing countries and Africa region in particular, most policies are gender blind. The existing postgraduate programs in economics do not incorporate gender as a key component in policy making and analysis. This has resulted not only in gender-blind policies but also inadequate academic research and publications which incorporate gender perspectives.
In addition, there is an increasing demand from local and international organisations to mainstream gender in most of their programs. There are demands to have gender-responsive budgeting processes, strengthening the gender component in the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) and other national development programs. Furthermore, there is an increase of gender related institutions on the African continent that require a strong workforce to strengthen their sustainability.
All the above mentioned efforts can be strengthened and sustained if there is a critical mass of trained personnel in gender-aware economics. This critical mass of trained personnel will go a long way in supporting efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) especially on gender equality, poverty reduction and health. Appropriate gender aware policies would strongly impact on the welfare of women, the children and the family as a whole. Such gender aware policies would have positive implications on child and maternal mortality rates, gender equality and overall poverty reduction strategies. The program is therefore expected not only to enhance ownership and overall effectiveness of African countries for effective gender responsive development planning but also to enhance the institutional capacity of the College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS) and School of Women and Gender Studies (SWGS) at Makerere University.
Having recognized this need to enhance the capacity of African economists and planners to systematically integrate gender in economic policy making and management, UNDP and Makerere University agreed to cooperate and fill this gap by establishing a Master of Arts in Gender-Aware Economics. The facilitation of the program is led by visiting lecturers/professors from the region and elsewhere in the world funded by UNDP. The program also attracts practitioners from the public and the private sectors to serve as guest speakers and resource persons for selected modules.
1. All applicants must submit the completed application forms, letters of recommendation and the required certified transcripts and certificates not later than 30th April of the year in which admission is sought.
1. Application forms are obtainable from the office of the Director, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training . Applications can also be downloadable from the University and the United Nations Development Programme websites.
2. Completed application forms should be submitted to the Director, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training who will forward them to the College of Business and Management Sciences for processing.
3. The Higher Degrees and Research Grants Committee will consider the applications taking into account the recommendations of the College of Business and Management Sciences and then make its recommendations on all the applications to the Board of Research and Graduate Training.
4. The Director, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training, will communicate the decision of the Board of Postgraduate Studies and Research to the applicant.
The general admission requirements of Makerere University apply. Admission to the MA Gender-Aware Economics Program is based on academic performance and professional experience. The following specific admission criteria apply for entry into the MAGAE program:
1. A first degree in Economics of at least lower second class honors, or its equivalent from a recognized University.
2. A first degree in Economics, quantitative Economics and a related field of at least lower second class honours, or its equivalent from a recognized University. Candidates with a lower second class honours degrees in Commerce or Statistics, from a recognized University will also be, considered.
Preference will be given to candidates in the early stages of their career in a policy relevant position in a government, parastatal or non-governmental organization. They should demonstrate a commitment to a career in economic policy management.