In 2012 RUFORUM awarded Haramaya University in Ethiopia a grant to support female post-graduate students in a number of areas. The grant is being implemented by the Gender Directorate at Haramaya led by Dr Emebet Belete Negatu and Dr Jemal Yousuf. The activities of this project include providing E-resources and E-tools training for Research Management for female postgraduate students. This includes training in web 2.0 tools for research and development.
Twenty seven female postgraduate students have assembled at Haramaya University for a 5-day Web 2.0 Learning Opportunity from 25 February -1 March, 2013. They come from the college of Agriculture, College of natural and computational sciences and they are pursuing their masters or doctoral studies. Haramaya University has been using different systems to create platforms and bridge the gender gaps that are observed among its community. One such endeavor is establishing a Gender Directorate that is dedicated to promoting, facilitating and supporting gender mainstreaming through a number of activities.
The activity is in line with RUFORUM's vision which focuses on "High performing African universities that produce skilled, proactive graduates, demand driven research outputs and innovation in response to local, regional and national agricultural development priorities"
Other web 2.0 trainings have been held as follows:
- Web 2.0 Tools for Electronic Content Development for RUFORUM Supported Regional Postgraduate Programmes June 22 – 26, 2009 in Entebbe, Uganda
- Training Workshop on Web 2.0 Tools for Collaboration & Community Building was held at Makerere University On 30th November 2011 to 2nd December 2011
- The Web 2.0 Tools for Collaboration & Community Building training was held at the University of Nairobi: 6-7 December 2011
- The Information Literacy & Web 2.0 for Researchers Workshop was held at Mekelle University, Ethiopia from 28th May -1st June 2012