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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.

2021 Research Fair 30 Oct
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).

New Centre graduates from the "Bochum Programme"

Finally, it is done! We are happy to welcome new graduates to the alumni network of the SA-GER CDR. 12 students from the "Bochum Programme of Development Management" (MADM) obtained their Master's degree. They received their graduation certificates on Saturday, 30th of November. Earlier that week, they had successfully defended their master theses on interesting topics like innovation hubs, certification of cocoa farmers, and survival strategies of street traders (just to name some of them).

2019 12 Graduation CapeTown 

Our graduates now pursue new goals. Most of them chose the opportunity to strive for a second (UWC) MA degree and then will head for the practical area. We wish our graduates all the best for their future career and trust that they will find exciting positions! We are looking forward to hear from our alumni soon.

New Journal Article by two MADM Alumni

2019 08 ReviewsGlobalEcoNardos Legesse Beyene, Alumnus of IEE’s MA in Development Management, together with Prof. Mulugeta F. Dinbabo, also IEE Alumnus and nowadays Acting Director of the Institute for Social Development, IEE’s partner institution at the University of the Western Cape/South Africa, published an article on

An Empirical Evaluation of the Link between Women Participation in Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) and Poverty Reduction in Ethiopia

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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.

No Call for Scholarship applications for the 2023 intake!

There will be no Call for Scholarship applications in the year 2022 for the intake in 2023!



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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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Cape Town, 7535, South Africa
Private Bag X17, Bellville 7535
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Tel: 002721/959 3858

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Institute of Development Research and Development Policy, Ruhr-University Bochum

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D-44789 Bochum, Germany
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