The World Bank has approved UMU’s Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP), as a partial requirement for hosting an African Centre of excellence in higher education to be named: African Centre for Agro-Ecology and Livelihood Systems (ACALISE). Of the 24/114 conditionally approved proposals ONLY 8/24 ESMPs were approved without amendments. We thank the team led by Dr. Jude Ssebuwufu, Assoc. Prof Julius Mwine, Assoc. Prof Muwanga-Zake, Dr. Joseph Ssemakula, and all the stakeholders for the work well done. The team currently in Dar es Salaam, is working on the Implementation Plans, Procurement Plans, Finance Management Plans, and the Performance Aggreements, to be appraised by the World Bank and Government of Uganda.