Global Africa Group
Who are we?
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:
Using a regional research hubs model centred upon our African members
(University of Cape Town/Southern Africa; University of Ghana/West Africa; and University of Nairobi/East Africa), 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,
Prof. Maano Ramutsindela, University of Cape Town
Global Africa Group public panel discussion on 'Africa and Sustainable Development Agendas', WUN Conference & AGM, UWA, Perth
- https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/africa-and-sustainable-development-agendas-tickets-44578006016 5.30-7.30pm, Friday 25 May 2018
University of Cape Town Vice-Chancellor's Inaugural Lecture, by Professor Maano Ramutsindela, Co-Chair, WUN Global Africa Group
- “Remapping Africa through peace parks: What future for the continent?”, video recording of lecture, Wednesday 21 February 2018
Global Africa Group Collaborative Book Project - Africa and the Sustainable Development Goals
- Call for Chapter Abstracts (extended deadline: 31 July 2017) WUN GAG Book Project - CfP Final.pdf
- Report on book authors' workshop UCT 2 Dec 2017 WUN GAG book workshop report Africa & the SDGs UCT 2 Dec 2017.pdf (2.41 MB)
WUN delegation visit to University of Nairobi, 12-13 June 2017
- Report on WUN-UoN consultations (low res version, 4.1 MB) Report on WUN visit to UoN 12-13 June 2017 (low res version).pdf
Global Africa Group Launch and Inuagural Strategic Research Workshop, Accra 8-9 June 2017
- Workshop Report (high res version, large file 64 MB) WUN GAG Accra Workshop Report 8-9 June 2017.pdf
- Workshop Report (low res version, 2.7 MB) WUN GAG Accra Workshop Report 8-9 June 2017 (low res version).pdf
Africa-related WUN-funded research projects
- Resilient Peace: Exploring resilient peacebuilding actors, cultures and policy transfer in West Africa (led by University of Bristol)
- African Solutions to African Problems-Translating Indigenous Systems, Plants and Microbial Biodiversity into Drug Candidates for Neglected Tropical Diseases (led by University of Ghana)
- An Intersectional Exploration of Religion and Gender-Based Violence: A Case Study of Accra in Global Context (led by University of Ghana)
- 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