Deborah Kasente is a Professor for Women and Gender Studies at the School of Women and Gender Studies at Makerere University in Kampala. In addition she has a long track record as an independent consultant for international development agencies and for national government and civil society particularly concerning research and development, facilitation, gender training, gender audit, gender mainstreaming, policy and programme review and development, strategic planning and communication. Her latest publications (2012) are: (i) Fair Trade and organic certification in value chains: lessons from a gender analysis from coffee exporting in Uganda. Published by Routledge in the Journal Gender & Development, 20:1, 11-127. March 2012 and (ii) Subordination and exploitation of girls and women in Uganda: who is absconding their responsibility? Co-authored by Winifred Busingye and Edward Mugarura. Published by East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights, Vol. 18 No1, June 2012
Facilitation experience covers several sectors including: education, natural sciences, agricultural and social research and gender mainstreaming.
Research in last 6 years:
- 2011 Girls, Retention and Performance in Primary and Secondary Education: Makers and Breakers. Rresearch done in Uganda to investigate the dynamic of factors influencing school retention and performance of girls as part of a larger advocacy programme by Plan International to reduce child poverty and to advance children’s human rights.
- 2010 A gender analysis of Coffee exporting in Uganda: Focus on Fair Trade and Organic Certification in Value Chains.
- 2006-2009 Action Research on Enhancing the Quality of Primary Education in Uganda Through Improved English Literacy and Learner-Friendly- Schools.
- 2013+ Member of UWEZO Uganda Advisory Committee
- 2012 Chaired the Reference Group for the Evaluation of the Government of Uganda’s Response to Absenteeism in the Public Service. Office of the Prime Minister.
- 2002 –2005 A regional resource Person to Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA)
- 2004 Lead a team of gender experts for developing a Gender and Community Development Framework for the East African Community (EAC).
- 2003 Member of the Gender Advisory Group for preparation of the EFA Global Monitoring Report.