Natural Resources & Development

Summer School Kyambogo University

Summer School 2024

Natural Resources & Development

Venue: Kyambogo University

Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch, Murchison Falls National Park, Albertine Rift Basin- oil region


1st – 26th July 2024

Application deadline

15th May 2024


Course Description

This course examines the linkages between development and Natural Resources, the principles of Managing natural resources, and the sustainable conservation of these resources. Depicting on case studies from a wide range of the current natural resources across the globe, the course considers how different social, political, economic cultural, and gender aspects compete for and sustain the natural resources.

The course also examines how environmental activists and their interventions conserved protected areas, energy, water, and land in the face of climate variability based on a gender perspective. The course will consider how the current international and development system elaborates and processes to sustainably manage the available natural resources.

The course aims at equipping students seeking qualifications for planning sustainable development, with practical approaches, knowledge, and skills necessary for meeting challenges of sustainable use of natural produce competent professionals who can plan for sustainable use of natural resources globally.

Course objectives

  • Learners will be equipped with skills and competencies in natural resource management and development planning.
  • Learners will be equipped with analytical skills in preserving and conserving natural resources sustainably in the face of climate change.
  • Learners will be equipped with knowledge of how to critique international responses to misuse of natural resources
  • Learners will be equipped with skills in cross-cultural communication and collaboration.

Learning outcomes

At the end of a course, a student should be able to demonstrate:

  • Acquired competences in natural resource management and development planning.
  • Analytical skills of preserving and conserving natural resources sustainably in the face of climate change.
  • Critique international responses to misuse of natural resources

Skills in cross-cultural communication and collaboration

Contact Hours

The course will be delivered from Monday—Thursday for Two (2) weeks on a Face-to-Face basis. On Fridays, all students shall be taken to different Historical, cultural and geographical sites in and around Kampala. These field visits will be composed of a range of ‘activities’ relating to their academic content (e.g., a national museum visit, visiting the source of the River Nile, women conservation projects, Uganda Wildlife Authority, National Environment Authority, Uganda Tourism Board, Uganda wildlife education centre.

In the 3rd week, students will go to the field to translate theory into practice. The areas to be covered will include: Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch(, Murchison Falls National Park together is the most powerful waterfalls in the whole world and the surrounding communities ( and the Albertine oil region in North Western Uganda. Students will interact with communities around Lake Albert Fishing Sites, and interact with communities surrounding the park and their co-existence with wildlife.  There will also be a day to visit Budongo Set in northwestern Uganda, Budongo forest features among a few of Africa’s spectacular tropical rain forests. It is one of the largest mahogany forest reserves which still thrive in Africa. It extends up to 825 square kilometers and it is remarkably one of Uganda’s few natural forests. For birders, there are more than 360 bird species to identify in this forest reserve. They include the dusky long-tailed cuckoo, yellow browned camaroptera, black-headed paradise flycatcher, Puval’s illadopsis, chocolate backed kingfishers, chestnut crowned eremomera, slender-billed greenbul, white spotted fluff tail, Cassin’s hawk eagle, little green sunbird, yellow manted weaver, crested Malimbe, lemon bellied crombec, forest robins and others. Click for details 

Course structure

Week 1: Understanding development and Natural resources

  1. Development and Natural resources
  2. Development communication
  3. Culture and Conservation
  4. Field Visit at Uganda Wildlife Authority and excursion at the source of the River Nile.

Week 2: Functions and interventions

  1. Environmental activism
  2. Gender and natural resource management
  3. Energy and water resources
  4. Field visit at Uganda National Water and Gbaga fishing site.

Weeks 3: Community Outreach/practice- Murchison Falls & Albertine Oil region

  • Nature walks in the National Park and Waterfall cruises/Nile River Excursions
  • Visiting Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary- Home for only wild rhinos
  • Field study at the fishing sites along Lake Albert
  • Visiting Budongo forest –  Nature walk- chimps and birding
  • Understanding how communities adjacent to Murchison Falls National Park co-exist with Wild animals
  • Albertine rift basin- Oil region
  • Touring the park, game drives, birding and boating cruising
  • Salt mining areas in Kibiro, Thermo energy farm and Kinyara sugar factory
  • Community engagement in Batwa minority group in Uganda.

Week 4: Horizons for Natural resources and development

  • Climate change and natural resource effects
  • Oil and gas Resource
  • Evaluations

Assessments and evaluations

Assessments and evaluations will be optional depending on your university/institutional requirements. A certificate of completion will be issued at the end of the Summer school

Registration fee for international students

2500 USD: This includes tuition fee, airport pick-ups and drop-offs, tour days at Murchison Falls National Park, guide fee, entrance fees at Ziwa Rhino Ranch and the national park, and boat cruises both at the source of Nile River and Murchison Falls. NB: International Participants will fund their air tickets.


The attached fee includes only accommodation at the university

Registration fee East African Students

$1000: for Kyambogo University Students

$1500: For East Africans. This includes airport and bus station pick-up and drop-off, two dinners, a tour day of Kampala, breakfast and dinner at Murchison Falls National Park, guide, entrance fees, boat cruises, Nile River and Murchison Falls, and school fees. NB Air of bus transport will be funded by the participants.


The attached fee includes only accommodation at the university

Application Details

Application deadline: 15th May 2024

Number of places available

15 for international students and 15 for East African students


Open to all individuals and students with an interest in natural resources.

Questions and application requirements

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If you would like to apply, please send the following information on e-mail and send a copy to

  • Full name
  • Nationality
  • Current place of studies or work
  • Field of study or work (include semester if you are a student)
  • CV
  • Short letter (half an A4 page) with motivation and fields of interest