Research

Research Focus

The Research of the South African - German Centre for Development Research (CDR) refers to the research work that is implicitly or explicitly supported by CDR-funds.

Research supported by CDR

In all of the academic programmes of CDR it is expected that Master- and PhD-students undertake theory based empirical research on real-world development problems in Sub-Sahara Africa. The research work includes a literature survey on the topic chosen, the preparation of an empirical research design, the collection of data during a field research period (field research period for Master-students: three to four months, for PhD-students: 6 to 9 months).

To date (March 2021) 17 PhD projects were completed by CDR PhD scholarship holders and have been published (topics and links to publication are available here). 8 projects are still ongoing. Adding to that, 74 CDR-supported Master-students have finalized their research work, 12 of them completed two Master degrees of the CDR. Topics and links to published MA Theses are available here. 9 additional Master Thesis projects are still underway.

So, from the very beginning of their studies graduates and doctoral candidates are actively encouraged to participate in CDR's research work. In terms of topics the research work of the Master- and PhD-students follow the core research areas of CDR. Table 1 provides an overview. Due to the empirical orientation of research CDR has accumulated broad regional expertise.

 

CDR's core research areas
Social policies for reducing poverty: Income grants and social insurance schemes (ISD)
Health studies: Improving health sector's effectiveness; infectious diseases' impacts on productivity and poverty (SoG and IEE)
Fostering communities participation in shaping development: Frameworks for empowerment and impacts on the effectiveness of development interventions (SoG)
Providing finance, education, infrastructure, and technology: Rigorous assessment of impacts on income and expenditures, welfare and poverty (IEE and ISD)
Use of water, land, and environment including resource conflicts (ISD and IEE)
Public sector reform: Frameworks for and effects of (fiscal) decentralization, new public management and anti-corruption measures (SoG)
Democratization and the role of political parties (SoG)
Trade, migration, ODA and economic growth (IEE)

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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 (now expired) – 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.