Research funding at Makerere University and its implications on human resource and institutional development: Does gender matter?
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The study investigated the research funding pattern at Makerere University. The major focus was to assess how the research funding pattern at Makerere University translated into human resource and institutional development and to ascertain whether gender matters. The analytical framework was anchored within the feminist organizational theory, economic resource-based theory of the ﬁrm and the human capital theory, Using secondary data, the results indicated that Makerere University was, to some extent, a gender-responsive institution in programming and organizational processes; although beneath these processes was a gendered sub-structure that was reproduced daily in practical work activities and impacting negatively on female staff research productivity, feminizing some academic disciplines, colleges, schools and administrative positions within the University structures. Makerere University research funding sources including, government and development partners as well as internally-generated funds demonstrated some level of gender responsiveness. Time was a binding constraint to female research productivity, the technical capacity of the members on the policy committees in gender analysis as well as the organizational logic built on masculine structures was found inadequate. There was need to reconsider widening research funding sources to increase research support, to include administrative staff, while targeting staff and colleges that are lagging behind in research outputs. Gender equity should be guiding factor. Technical capacity in gender mainstreaming that is already existing at the institution should be engaged to change the organizational logic with a view to enhancing the integration gender in the organizational structures, programs, policies including recruitment, promotion, retirement and processes which inadvertently create and enhance gender gaps between, colleges, administrative units and within disciplines for self-actualization. It is important for Makerere University to consider building the skills of the existing female staff into role models for the upcoming female students.