Jan 24, 2021

Global Africa Group

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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.

What do we do?

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

How do we do it?

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.

Co-Chairs, WUN Global Africa Group

Dr Divine Fuh, University of Cape Town, and Associate Prof Isabella Aboderin, University of Bristol

For more information, contact Wilna Venter, WUN Coordinator for the Global Africa Group.


Documentation and presentations

  • GAG Strategy 2020–2022 > view
  • GAG Workshop Series 2021: “Disrupting orthodoxies in global North-Africa research cooperation and knowledge production for sustainable development. Concept Note > view
  • GAG Annual Research Workshop 2020: “Re-thinking North-South cooperation and knowledge production for SDGs”. 15 Dec 2020. Online. Report > view  > workshop videos
  • GAG presentation at WUN AGM 2019, Dublin: “WUN Success Stories”. 19–24 May, 2019. University College Dublin, Ireland. Report  > view
  • GAG panel discussion: “Africa and Sustainable Development Agendas” 2018. WUN Conference and AGM. 25 May 2018. University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia. Invitation > view
  • GAG Annual Research Workshop 2018: “Implementing the SDGs in East Africa: Translating collaborative research into policy impact”. 29–30 Nov 2018. University of Nairobi, Kenya. Report   > view   > presentation


  • “Re-thinking North-South cooperation and knowledge production for SDGs” (2020). GAG workshop. 15 Dec 2020. Online. > view  (6 videos)
  • “Remapping Africa through peace parks: What future for the continent?”.  Prof. Maano Ramutsindela, GAG Co-Chair (2018). University of Cape Town Vice-Chancellor’s Inaugural Lecture. 21 Feb 2018. University of Cape Town, South Africa. > view


  • GAG collaborative book project: “Africa and the Sustainable Development Goals” (2020) > view


There are several Africa-related research projects funded by the WUN through interdisciplinary research groups (IRGs).

IRGs 2020:

IRGs 2019:

IRGs 2018:

Who's involved

  • Dr Divine Fuh, University of Cape Town (Co-chair)
  • Associate Prof Isabella Aboderin, University of Bristol (Co-chair)
  • Dr Floretta Boonzaier, University of Cape Town
  • Prof Sue Parnell, University of Bristol
  • Prof Anne K. Bang, University of Bergen
  • Prof Bukola (Oladunni) Salami, University of Alberta
  • Dr David Mickler, University of Western Australia
  • Dr Gerard McCann, University of York
  • Dr Han Aarts, Maastricht University
  • Dr Kate Ward, University of Southampton
  • Dr Lawal M. Marafa, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Dr Pei-Jung Lu, National Cheng Kung University
  • Prof Rachael Gooberman-Hill, University of Bristol
  • Dr Robert Akparibo, University of Sheffield
  • A/Prof Susannah Sallu, University of Leeds
  • A/Prof Anna Medee, University of Leeds
  • Prof Winnie Mitullah, University of Nairobi
  • Dr Susie Jim, University of Bristol