About CDR

About CDR

Objectives

Within the framework of cooperating in Masters and PhD programmes, the aim of the African Excellence Centre at UWC in Cape Town is to prepare the next generation of leaders to meet the typical economic, social and political berlinchallenges arising from the development process. The research-oriented training programmes already established at the Ruhr-University of Bochum and the University of the Western Cape have been run in close cooperation for several years now. The course offerings are sourced from the disciplines of economics and social sciences (particularly macroeconomics and political science) and the administrative sciences. The course programme is supplemented by substantial inputs from the fields of project management and empirical social research. The programmes are theory-based but also have a strong empirical focus. Regional case studies are intended to provide scope for analysis from both the macro and micro perspective:

 

  • Characteristics and causes of growth deficits and unequal resource distribution in developing countries as well as strategic approaches and flanking socio-political measures for growth and the reduction of poverty,
  • Roles of various players in the development process and their interaction
  • Approaches to reform in the areas of domestic economy and international economic relations, public administration (good governance, fight against corruption, and reorganisation) and social as well as political systems.

 

In order to adequately prepare the next generation of leaders through research-oriented training it is not sufficient to have the possibility to award scholarships to promising candidates from all over Sub-Saharan Africa, but it is also necessary to maintain a strong research focus on the work of the centre and to cooperate closely with other leading universities in the region.

The objectives of the centre are mainly implemented within the framework of cooperative study programmes through joint research, teaching and mentoring. At present, such cooperative study programmes are being realized in the MA programme in Development Management (Bochum Programme), the Masters programme in Development Studies (ISD), the MPA programme (SoG) and the PhD programme in Development Studies and Public Policy. In order to further promote cooperative research, teaching and mentoring the Centre awards scholarships to excellent applicants from Sub-Sahara Africa for a period of study in these joint programmes; it also offers training in soft skills and German language courses for the scholarship holders of the centre, organises summer schools for the MA students of the Division at the RUB and the UWC and arrange academic conferences of the Division at the UWC and at other universities in the region.

Latest News

DAAD Alumni are the 2020 African Region Champions of the WECC

Our DAAD Alumni (Langton Moyo, Melisa Dlamini, Evans Sakyi Boadu and Philip Nyasha Fungurai) are the 2020 African Region Champions of the World Evaluation Case Competition (WECC). In this annual competition targeting Young Emerging Evaluators (YEE) from across the globe, our Alumni were representing South Africa, through the University of the Western Cape, and competed against 16 teams from across the world including Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, India, Italy, Mexico, United Kingdom, Yemen and the United States of America. The African countries that took part in the competition comprised of South Africa, Kenya, Morocco and Cameroon, with students from the International Relations Institute of Cameroon, Daystar University, Maseno University and National Forestry School of Engineering.

As part of the competition, they had to prepare a Program Evaluation Proposal for the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation project on ''How to curb the spread of Human Trafficking in Vietnam during the Covid-19 Pandemic'', targeting Sustainable Development Goal 5, 8 and 16.

Congratulations!

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – 15 PhD Positions for Early Stage Researchers

Within the ADAPTED project, 15 PhD positions for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) who are interested in working on the projects overall research focus "Eradicating Poverty: Pathways towards Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals" are now open for applications.

The ESR positions will be located at the ADAPTED partner universities and will include a six months research period at a second university for the purpose of getting awarded a European Joint Doctorate. ADAPTED is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network project funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

Application documents can be submitted until 31 March 2021. Detailed information about open positions and the application procedure is available via EURAXESS and the ADAPTED website.

Contact Details South Africa

School of Government, University of the Western Cape



Address:
Robert Sobukwe Road
Bellville
Cape Town, 7535, South Africa
Private Bag X17, Bellville 7535
Republic of South Africa
Tel: 002721/959 3858

Contact Details Germany

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


Address:
Universitätsstr. 105
Room 2.04
D-44789 Bochum, Germany
Tel: +49-(0)234 / 32-22418, -22243
Fax: +49-(0)234 / 32-14-294
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Website: www.development-research.org