University of Westminster MBA Social Enterprise – Busoga Trust partnership
We have a range of partners, indeed our model is to work with partners (where we usually deliver the work on the ground for them). We even have lots of school connections and some relationships with universities who come and stay in our GuestHouse during field trips.
This year however, we have entered into a unique and mutually valuable partnership with the University of Westminster. As part of their MBA programme at the University’s business school, students can choose to undertake the Social Enterprise elective module. This counts for 12% of their qualification and for some of the students, it takes the form of a project with the Busoga Trust.
Based in our peri-urban slum sanitation programme in Bugembe, which is pioneering market based approaches to sanitation in the area, the students provide a pro-bono management consultancy service based on a brief from the BT management. So far two groups have gone to Uganda, in April and September, and have worked on expanding our existing microcredit programme and also moving into the development of sanitation enterprises through supporting local entrepreneurs.
The latter was recently integral to us securing funding from The Funding Network to establish a sanitation as a business pilot in Busoga region.
Further to this, the students also fundraise as part of their contribution and these funds are helping to keep Bugembe running as we transition following the end of UN Habitat funding. The students in 2013 raised over £10,000 which is fed back into the Bugembe programme. We believe this gives the students a rare opportunity to be truly connected to a project they work on as part of a professional qualification.