Dr Stella Lubinga awarded UP’s RDP funding

Posted on May 23, 2022

Dr Stellah Lubinga from the School of Public Administration and Management has been awarded the Research Development Programme (RDP) funding for 2022. The RDP is a University of Pretoria (UP) funding instrument that provides seed research funding to researchers who want to establish their research careers. The funding is awarded annually to researchers who meet the eligibility criteria.

Dr Lubinga received R50 000 in RDP funding to conduct research on the effectiveness of the social protection interventions on the livelihoods of the poor and vulnerable people in Uganda.

She notes that, although the importance and implementation of social protection has been recognised in Uganda since 1985, the effectiveness of these interventions has not been widely researched. The existing research on social protection has mostly placed focus on the implementation challenges and expansion of social protection interventions as a core component of poverty reduction, says Lubinga.

 “My research, which takes a different departure from the status quo, will contribute to design a framework on how Uganda can successfully implement appropriate social protection interventions to attain substantial coverage of the poor and vulnerable,” she adds.

Lubinga wants to create societal impact through her research. Her research interests in service delivery, governance, citizen participation, human resource and education perspectives have all been inspired by her passion for people, their voices as well as their wellbeing in society.

The RDP funding will contribute to her growth as an emerging researcher and will enable her to publish in accredited journals – a key requirement for academic growth. She is grateful for receiving the RDP funding, which will advance her academic career.

“I believe that, as much as a good research project requires a good researcher, funding is prudent to conduct impactful research. As an early career researcher, receiving the RDP funding to conduct research in an area I am passionate about means a lot. It will not only kickstart my research but also provide a stepping stone for my career development,” she says.

Published by Refilwe Mabula

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