A research agenda has also been put in place with the launch of the Uganda University Affiliate Program (UURAP) which aims at bringing together international schools to make research through use of historical resources (the Archives). The Centre for African Development Studies has produced its edition of the guidelines for administering access to archival and museum materials, 2016. The guide provides procedures, terms and conditions that both the users and the archivists have to follow in order to use the resources effectively and with care. It should be remembered that MMU-Centre for African Development Studies engaged in Archives Digitization project since 2010 which has seen the University acquire the biggest digital collection in the whole of Africa with over 400,000 scans (visit our catalogues on:www.mmu.ac.ug). The collections were drawn from the districts and cultural institutions from Western Uganda including Kabarole, Hoima and Tooro Kingdom. The endeavors of this project have been supported by Cooperative Africana Materials Project (CAMP) of Centre for Research Libraries (CRL), and the University of Michigan, USA.
The Uganda University Research Affiliate Program (UURAP), is meant to help scholars with affiliation letters to process clearance with National Council of Science and Technology and also to help them seek for scholarship as it’s a requirement on their proposals. MMU-Centre for African Development Studies has between June, and July 2016 affiliated five International Scholars from the Universities of; University of Michigan, North Western,(USA), Cambridge University and Warrick University (UK). These Doctoral students on our affiliate program have already appreciated our services which they expressed during a meeting on 22nd July where we exchanged ideas with these scholars.
Our archive collection provides vast content for researchers in areas of health such as diseases like malaria, cholera outbreak, elephantiasis where even some isolation places were found in Tooro and Bunyoro regions, sanitation in homes spearheaded by community development officers; education such as education leadership in the region, schools established by missionaries, sponsorship by Kingdoms under the UK program to kingdom officials and chiefs in the area; environment, economic aspects such as cooperative societies, economic activities of different areas, the local government workings during colonial and after colonial; the government and cultural institutions correspondences, the work of commissioners and governors before and after colonial up to 1980s, the cultural institutions work from Bunyoro and Tooro Kingdoms and also the Rwenzururu Movement of 1960s between Tooro and Bamba Bakonjo (BB).
In addition, MMU-Centre for African Development Studies has come up with the concept of a living museum. The ling museum is an attempt to create space for our artifacts and for a wider display to the public. It’s also aimed at creating a tourism trail which will even support academics in art for the education students and tourism areas. The concept was discussed by the community museum members during the 9th July AGM for Rwenzori Museum for Cultural and Natural Heritage (RMCNH). The meeting was also called so that members are informed of the new changes that CADS has undergone and the way forward especially sustainability plans made. Restructuring of the committee was done and two representatives were appointed to sit on CADS/DPGSR board to share ideas on management of the museum and the rest of the members will always be consulted or informed about the progress. The museum has been supported by OBUMU and KWATANIZA of Holland.
In conclusion, MMU Centre for African development Studies is committed to making Mountains of the Moon University a launch pad for research in Uganda.