Global Africa Group

In 2015 WUN formed a Global Africa Group to enhance the opportunities - enabled by our global network - to build research collaborations, innovations and impact in support of Africa’s development agenda. The Global Africa Group builds on the existing expertise and international partnerships amongst the Worldwide Universities Network’s members, in Africa and abroad, to identify sustainable and equitable solutions to critical local, regional and global challenges of relevance to Africa.

Our targeted collaborative research program is designed to support sustainable development and capacity-building in Africa through providing the evidence-base for innovations and impacts in both the natural and social sciences. Our five research priorities sit at the intersection of WUN’s existing expertise and research collaborations, Africa’s development agenda as outlined in the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  

Our five research priorities:

• Environmental change and food security
• Public health 
• Governance, inequality and social inclusion 
• Higher education and research capacity
• Natural resources for inclusive growth and sustainable development

Using a regional research hubs model centred upon our African members, global-regional collaboration and mobility are the cornerstones of our approach. Our comparative advantage is that we provide practical opportunities for international and African researchers to connect both across and beyond the continent. Through people-to-people links and mutually-developed research programs, the WUN Global Africa Group is building research capacity to harness Africa’s vast potential with an African-centred research agenda. 

The three-year Strategic Plan 2016-18 for the WUN Global Africa Group aims to strengthen the depth of WUN’s engagement with Africa around our five African-focused research priorities. We work to achieve our objectives through local, regional and international development partnerships. 

Please get in touch if you would like to know more about the network and how to be involved. We look forward to hearing from you. 

Prof. John Hearn, 
Executive Director, Worldwide Universities Network

Prof. Maano Ramutsindela, University of Cape Town
Dr David Mickler, University of Western Australia 
Co-Chairs, WUN Global Africa Group


Africa related WUN funded projects (RDF 2015):

Please consult this overview of all active WUN Interdisciplinary Research Groups for other potential partners, such as:  

Funding Schemes 

  • Main links for schemes available to UK researchers

For Research Funding:

General information on funding opportunities in global development research available at UK Collaborative on Development Sciences

RCUK - Global Challenges Research Fund

British Council - The Newton Fund

Horizon 2020

The Wellcome Trust

British Council

For Partnerships:

UKAid Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform

  • 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

  • Dr David Mickler, The University of Western Australia (Co-chair)
  • Prof Maano Ramutsindela, The University of Cape Town (Co-chair)
  • Professor Han Aarts, Maastricht University
  • Dr Julie Balen, The University of Sheffield
  • Dr Ibrahim Bedi, The University of Ghana
  • Dr Gernot Klantschnig, The University of York
  • Professor Nikolaus Kuhn, The University of Basel
  • Dr Ann Laudati, The University of Bristol
  • Dr Robert Marchant, The University of York
  • Dr Susan Jim, The University of Bristol
  • Professor Bente E. Moen, The University of Bergen
  • Professor Léonce Ndikumana,  The University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Mr Erich Thaler, The University of Basel
  • Professor Leon Tikly, The University of Bristol
  • Professor Petra Tschakert,  The University of Western Australia
  • A/Professor Nesrin Varol, The University of Sydney
  • Dr Susannah Sallu, The University of Leeds
  • Professor Patrick James, University of Southampton

Understanding Cultures

Public Health (Non-communicable Disease)

Cross-Cutting Themes

Global Higher Education and Research

Responding to Climate Change