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Aalborg-trained Peter Okwoko, MSc receives the Danida Alumni Prize 2020


In 2020, the Danida Alumni Prize is awarded to an alum who, based on his or her Danida-funded studies, has contributed to positive change in their home country or area of employment as a result of an extraordinary contribution to combatting the Covid-19 epidemic.

The recipient of the Danida Alumni Prize of 2020 is Peter Okwoko, Danida Alum and MSc from Aalborg University for his quick, highly innovative and sustainable response to the Covid-19 crisis. Peter Okwoko serves a role model for other young community activists and social entrepreneurs.

We streamed from Kampala via Facebook when Peter Okwoko received the Danida Alumni Prize 2020 on 27 November. Nicolaj A. Hejberg Petersen, the Danish ambassador to Uganda presented the prize on behalf of Danida Fellow Centre and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit Uganda in March 2020, 30- years old Peter Okwoko acted promptly. Together with his business partner, Paige Balcom, PhD Berkley University he started to make face shields from plastic waste. So far, their social enterprise, Takataka Plastic, has produced and distributed 10,000 face shields to health facilities across the country.

Peter Okwoko’s Master’s in “Innovative Communication Technologies and Entrepreneurship” was funded by Danida under the Building Stronger Universities programme. Peter Okwoko has amply demonstrated how he has applied the knowledge and skills he gained on the course at Aalborg University constructively. He earned his MSc in 2017

Introductory speech by Nicolaj A. Hejberg Petersen, Danish Ambassador to Uganda

Acceptance speech by Peter Okwoko, MSc and Danida Alum from Aalborg University, 2015-17

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