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DAAD scholarship holder Olutomiwa Binuyo at the United Nations annual meeting of the Academic Council

On the 23-25 June 2022, one of the center’s current PhD Scholarship holders, Olutomiwa Binuyo, took part in the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Academic Council on the United Nations System which was held at the Palais Des Nations, United Nations and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva Switzerland. He presented a paper in the panel titled "Transforming and Expanding Access to Education in Developing Context”.

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His paper was titled “Changing Course, Transforming Education: Spotlighting Voices in Rural Schools in Southwest Nigeria”, a study which is highly relevant to his PhD research. During the conference, he also served as a discussant in a panel titled “Local and Indigenous Knowledge and Data for Sustainable Development”.

Pressing global challenges were discussed at the conference and through multi-sectoral collaborations, these discussions will transform into practical solutions for now and the future. In Olutomiwa’s words, “Having attended a UN high-level plenary session and engaged in intellectual discussions during the panels, I have come to further understand that collaboration from all stakeholders is key for sustainable development”. The conference was organized by the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), Geneva Graduate Institute of International Development Studies (IHEID), and the United Nations Office at Geneva.

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2nd Employability Workshop at the SA-GER CDR

On June 18, 19 and 20, 2022 the South African-German Centre for Development Research hosted a workshop on Employability, particularly focusing on the field of International Development Cooperation. The workshop was organized by Kenechukuwu Ikebuaku, one of the Centre's current PhD scholarshipholders, supported by DAAD funds via the Centre’s DAAD lecturer Ruth Knoblich.

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More than 70 participants from all three cooperating partner institutes under the roof of the Centre joined for the first part of the workshop. In a digital session, four alumni of the Centre talked about their experiences within their particular area of work, providing hands-on-information about how to access the job market. Kenechukuwu Ikebuaku provided an introductory session, elaborating on some more general aspects of international development as a field of work. Kwezi Jere continued thereafter with more specific assets needed to perform well within this sector. After that, Christopher Katete talked about career opportunities in the UN, particularly providing insights into working with the UN World Food Programme. Faustine Wabwire then rounded the whole day by reflecting on ‘Global Development’ and on what this means for everyone working in this field while sharing her own expertise and experience, and getting into discussions with the participants.
During the following two days, 30 persons in total were invited to receive individual feedback on their personal application documents. Students and alumni happily engaged in short term meetings in which they were able to discuss particularly their CVs and digital appearances e.g. LinkedIn profiles.
The workshop had been a huge success. Participants provided most positive feedback. They particularly enjoyed the inspiring presentations and networking opportunities with the facilitators – all Centre alumni – bringing in a wide range of perspectives and experiences. Those who were able to book into one of the individual sessions in the second part of the workshop highly appreciated the opportunity of receiving high expertise feedback.

Former MADM Student Installed as President of MaK PhD Fellows

AhabweOur former student Gerald Ahabwe, MADM Alumnus of 2009, was installed as President of the Phd Fellows at Makerere University (Pf@Mak) last week. This group was established to "bring together PhD fellows to actively provide each other with mutual academic support, producing timely high quality research through networking, peer reviewing, sharing funding opportunities and timely study completion." Please find more information here.

Congratulations for achieving this responsible position, and best wishes for your work for the PhD community at Makerere University!

Participation in the DAAD Centres of African Excellence Online Research Fair

On September 28-30, 2021, members of the 12 DAAD Centres of African Excellence, further experts from related institutions as well as colleagues from the DAAD joined an Online Research Fair called 'Past and Future Research for Inclusive and Sustainable Development‘, organized by the Centre for Development Research ZEF, Bonn University, and the DAAD West African Centre for Sustainable Rural Transformation. Colleagues from both partners of the South African-German Centre for Development Research, the University of the Western Cape and the Ruhr-University Bochum, contributed in several sessions.

Overall, roughly 80 participants joined for the exchange and discussions of research and scientific projects taking place at the different Centres in order to explore potential synergies, particularly with a focus on opportunities within the new „Round Table Africa“ initiative of the German Government. Participants enjoyed a rich and inspiring programme with lots of opportunities to get into discussion with colleagues about cross-cutting themes and developed bases for further joint projects.

Collaboration between the African Centers of Excellence and beyond will be further enhanced through the new DIGI-FACE platform. This project, funded by the DAAD, aims at supporting and facilitating networks of higher education teaching, learning, and research on the African continent. The launch of the platform will take place on October 1, 2021.

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Britta Niklas, Anne Siebert, and Ruth Knoblich adding research topics to the digital pinboard

Congratulations to DAAD Alumni Dr. Kennedy Alatinga

kennedyDAAD Alumni Dr. Kennedy A. Alatinga has been appointed Dean of the Faculty of Planning and Land Management at SD Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Sutides in Wa, Ghana.

SD Dombo University together with UWC among others is as well a partner university in the new European Doctorate Programme "ADAPTED".

Call for Scholarship Applications 2021 for Post Docs and Staff

Post Docs have the opportunity to apply for scholarships at 1) at universities or research institutions in Germany or 2) Sub-Saharan African universities.

(Senior) staff members (holding a PhD) from a Sub-Saharan African university have the opportunity to apply for Staff exchange fellowships.

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The deadline of the Call for scholarship applications for the intake 2021 expired!

The deadline of the Call for Masters and PhD scholarship applications for the intake 2021 expired!

The new Call for applictions for the intake 2022 will only be announced in April 2021.

Please understand that all applications which were submitted after the expirement of the deadline are not eligible and that applications can only be submitted during an open Call.

Alumni Conference in Berlin/Germany canceled for 2020!

Due to the Corona Crisis, the 2020 #Alumni Conference "Implementing the SDGs – Practical Challenges, Creative Solutions and Best Practices for Knowledge Transfer and Policy Learning" planned to take place in Berlin from 27- 30 July was canceled. The colleagues are trying to postpone the conference to 2021. We will keep you informed about any news in this regard later this year.

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Welcome to two new scholarship holders!

In 2020, two new scholarship holders commenced their studies at our Centre! Out of about 500 applicants the selection committee chose Kenechukwu Ikebuarko from Nigeria for the PhD Development Studies and Eric Nordjo from Ghana for the MA Public Administration. Both were welcomed by our coordinator at UWC, Freda Philander.

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From left to right: Eric Nordjo, Freda Philander and Kene Ikebuako

Digitalization-Kick-off: New Digital Infrastructure for the Network of the DAAD Centres of Excellence

On March 3-6, 2020 the Kick-off Meeting of the new digitalization project DigiFace took place at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth. DigiFace – short for “Digital Initiative for African Centres of Excellence” – is a new project funded by DAAD that aims at supporting and facilitating higher education learning and research at all DAAD African Centres of Excellence. DigiFace is setting-up tools and facilities for digital learning and knowledge exchange with the help of a central interactive digital platform. The project is going to strengthen the Centres’ digital learning, teaching and research competencies as well as the networking among all the Centres – between all institutions involved, between staff, students, and alumni.

More information on the project can be found here on the Website!

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The Kick-off meeting was the official starting-point of the new project. Delegates from all the currently 10 Centres as well as from the Centres’ Alumni Network gathered in order to exchange on the current statuses of digital infrastructure, the needs and expectations with regard to such an all comprising new digital network, the opportunities and challenges for its implementation as well as on the next steps to go.

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The SA-GER CDR was represented by Lance Scheepers (Information Systems ISD), Enayat Hamza (Programme Manager: Training and Consultancy at the SoG), and Ruth Knoblich (DAAD Lecturer in Development Research at the SA-GER CDR).


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No Call for the MADM at UWC in 2023

Please note that we are currently not accepting any applications for the MADM at the University of the Western Cape as no intake will start in South Africa in 2024. If you are interested in studying the MADM programme, please apply for the MADM in Bochum. See the "How to apply" section of the Website of the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy in Bochum for further information.

Former MADM Student Installed as President of MaK PhD Fellows (2)

Our former student Gerald Ahabwe, MADM Alumnus of 2009, was installed as President of the Phd Fellows at Makerere University (Pf@Mak) last week. Please find more information here.


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baecker Dr. Bäcker
Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, more...

loewensteinProf. Dr. Löwenstein
Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, more...

KarriemDr. Karriem
University of the Western Cape, South Africa, more...

NhemaProf. Nhema
University of the Western Cape, South Africa, more...

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