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How do I write a grant?
How do I write a proposal?
How do I access relevant literature for my academic and research work?

DAAD Regional Office for East Africa answered these questions amply by conducting a four day workshop for 36 current DAAD Master and PhD scholars in Tanzania, whose purpose was to equip scholars with relevant skills on how they can effectively access and utilize e-resources in their university education and research work.

Participants were also equipped with skills on grant writing as well as proposal writing for academic purposes. The workshop was organized in collaboration with the Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA). The event took place at the Holiday Inn in Dar-Es-Salaam from 12th  -15th  March 2013.

Content for the e-resources training covered the courses: HINARI (Health Inter Network Access to Research Initiative), AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture), Open Access content but also TEEAL (The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library), and Reference Management Software. Search strategies were covered to enable the attendees to retrieve relevant electronic full text journal articles with ease.

Resource persons for the workshop were Dr. Tandi Lwoga, Dr. Pamela Marinda, Dr. Baanda Salim, Prof. Hamadi Boga, Dr. Mkoma, Dr. Charles Kihampa, Grace Msoffe, Dr. Magadula and Prof. Mulungu. They were drawn from various Universities in Tanzania and Kenya.

The participants had the opportunity to reflect on the course at a reception hosted by Jan-Dieter Gosink, the Cultural Attache of the German Embassy and his spouse Gerlinde Gosink on Friday evening. Awards were given to the three best scholars, identified during the training. Scholars were very delighted to have had the opportunity to attend this valuable training.

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