Global Africa Group
The WUN Global Africa Group has been identified as one of WUN's Cross-Cutting themes. These themes intersect with all four Global Challenges and are seen as vital to understanding and addressing them. Cross-Cutting themes are selected based on identifed research strengths across WUN.
The group brings together expertise and resources from across Africa and members from the Worldwide Universities Network to facilitate a two-way understanding of Africa. In alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Global Africa Group’s focus includes issues around:
- Natural Resources & Management
- Climate Change & Adaptation
- Governance & Sustainable Development
- Mining & Industry Policies
- Gender & Development
The group further aims to foster mutual understanding and collaboration between African and international institutions and serves as a bridge between the African continent, the West and East.
The Global Africa Group takes an interdisciplinary approach to Africa and incorporates research strengths that exist in WUN across areas of social policy, politics, history, economics and anthropology to offer a broad view of Africa.
The direction and actions for the coming years are listed in the Strategic Plan 2016-18.
Africa related WUN funded projects (RDF 2015):
- A study of the role of governing boards in African higher education institutions
- Building sustainable mountain systems in sub-Saharan Africa: assessing the linkages between communities, ecosystem services, environment and health
- Community of Learning for African PhD fellows
- Non-market valuation of loss and damage under climate change
- Air Sensors Everywhere
- Exchanging mobility for intensification modes of livestock production in African pastoral systems: trade-offs and challenges for pastoralists’ climate change adaptive capacity (PI Professor Nikolaus Kuhn, The University of Basel)
- Dementia Prevalence and Impact in Low Income Areas in South Africa
- Adopting REDD+ for Conservation, Sustainable Community Livelihood and Climate Change Mitigation
- Resilient Pasts and Sustainable Futures? Designing Socially Significant Scenarios
- Impacts of future climate and land use changes on public health and food security in Sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia
- Assessing how people adapt to climate change in deltas: case studies in Asia and Africa
- Main links for schemes available to UK researchers
For Research Funding:
- Link for schemes available to Swiss-African research initiatives
The University of Basel has created funding database www.sareco.org to promote Swiss-African research and to target early career scientists by broadening the access to funding information available.
Contact: Erich Thaler