Call for Applications: Short Learning Programme Strengthening Postgraduate Supervision

Dear members of the Centres,

please find the call and application form for our DIGI-Face / CERM-ESA online Short Learning Programme for researchers / supervisors. If you are an experienced and committed researcher / supervisor in one of the Centres of Excellence in Africa and are potentially interested to become a multiplier of this programme, please join the course!

Application deadline is 18 February 2021

 

Call for Applications PGSupervision_18.2.2021

 

 

SLP PGSupervision Application Form

 

Brochure African Excellence

The new brochure on the Centres of African Excellence is freshly published!
Click here to download it.

This brochure illustrates, by means of practical examples and implementation strategies from the centres, how these projects actively contribute to sustainable development in Africa by impartin context-related, relevant expertise and by developing concrete approaches to solutions.

           Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee, President of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

UWC Centres of Excellence training workshop on the new DigiFace digital teaching and learning platform

In the first week of December 2020, the two UWC DAAD Centres of Excellence – the South African-German Centre for Development Research SA-GER CDR and the South African German Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice TRANSCRIM – took part in a training workshop on the use of the new DigiFace digital teaching and learning platform. Colleagues from Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, who are managing partners of the DigiFace project, organized and run the training workshop in a venue close to Cape Town.

DigiFace – short for “Digital Initiative for African Centres of Excellence” – is a new project funded by DAAD that aims at supporting and facilitating Higher Education learning and research at all DAAD African Centres of Excellence. The project is strengthening the Centres’ digital competencies as well as the networking among all the Centres – between all institutions involved, between staff, students, and alumni.

Core element of the DigiFace-initiative is the creation and establishment of a central interactive digital platform which is based on the Moodle learning management system. Participants in the training workshop started to develop course material and got a good understanding of both theoretical and practical knowledge required to make full use of the different tools and facilities of the platform. The workshop that way supported both Centres in offering course designs suitable for blended and hybrid learning, – both essential elements of the current and future learning environment at UWC. The two Centres, going forward, are joining forces to promote the use of the new platform in their respective institutes, and to collaborate more closely within the digital infrastructure that the new DigiFace project provides.

Members and facilitators of the training workshop: (back row right to left): Prof. John-Mark Iyi (UWC / TRANSCRIM), Lance Scheepers (UWC / SA-GER CDR), Ruth Knoblich (UWC / SA-GER CDR), Dr. Nortje Windell (UWC / TRANSCRIM), Elmien Waring (NMU Port Elizabeth), and Mike Swanepoel (NMU Port Elizabeth); (front row right to left): Shamiso Mandioma (UWC / SA-GER CDR), Karlien Potgieter (NMU Port Elizabeth), Prof. Paul Webb (NMU Port Elizabeth), and Dr. Michael Nguatem Belebema (UWC / SA-GER CDR).

WAC-SRT students’ Climate and Sustainable Development Action Club kicks-off youth-empowering capacity building

This Monday, 07th December  2020, a highly committed and motivated group of WAC-SRT students, the Climate and Sustainable Development Action Club (CSDAC), launches an innovative capacity building on “Enterpreneurship and Empowerement of Nigerien Youth in the face of Covid-19”. The project is one of 25 award-winning initiatives selected among more than 1300 applications from 14 countries where Plan International West and Central Africa operates. Strong commitment to enhancing local communities’ practices towards the SDGs and African Union Agenda 2063 –especially in regard to environmental protection, gender equality and climate change resilience, adaptation and mitigation– have been at the core of the activities of the CSDAC since its foundation in 2018.

2019 – Students from CSDAC make a nursery reusing plastic bags collected in previous environmental cleaning actions. Later, hundreds of trees are distributed in a rural village, within a CSDAC-community collaboration for desertification contention (SDG 2 and 13) 

The student organization has also been active in social media in several awareness-raising campaigns before and especially after the COVID-19 pandemic, about which they also mobilized sharing information on prevention measures. Going beyond their climate-change related mandate, CSDAC students’ actions during the pandemic show once more their dedication to improving the lives of their communities, contributing to increase the social impact of their research and of the university in their surroundings. If you want to learn more about these students’ inspiring actions, have a look at the interview! It is also worth checking out their work in their  Facebook and YouTube channels. We congratulate the  CSDAC team, especially the team that put this award-winning proposal together, for their encouraging example: Mamane Bawa Sakina, Délano Thierry Odou, Segbedji Geraldo Favi, Amal Salla Mayaki and Lémonla Armel Otekpo. And we thank our soon-to-be graduated master student Segbedji Geraldo Favi for taking the time for this interview.

On the right: CSDA team meeting, Niamey, 2019

How did you come to know about the Plan International call, and how did you and your colleagues have the idea to submit a proposal?
From May 29 to June 7 2020, Plan International West and Central Africa launched the call for application for creative, innovative, local projects with a link to address one of the challenges posed by the COVID-19. This project is known as the “Youth Challenge Fund (YCF)” and aims to finance groups/associations of young girls, boys between the ages of 10 to 23, in the 14 countries of operation of the Organization.

Therefore, applying to the YCF requires a Commitment to Act, Learn, Inspire and Share with Youth and Communities in the region. The call for applications was published on several social media, especially on Facebook, where the information was seen by Armel Otekpo (Funds miner). More than 1.300 entries were submitted for the 1st edition of the Youth Challenge Fund, a competition aimed at supporting young committed leaders in the West and Central Africa region. But only 25 were selected including the CSDAC in the category “Youth empowerment and entrepreneurship”.

What exactly is your proposal, what do you envisage with this project?
The project is entitled: Entrepreneurship and Empowerment of Nigerian Youth in the face of Covid-19. It was inspired by two significant facts with which the youth in our environment were confronted:
• High unemployment rate, women being more impacted;
• Accentuation of economic vulnerability of the majority of the population, mostly young people, living on a daily basis, with the wake of COVID-19 and restriction measures
So, the project aims to strengthen the capacity and empower of young people, especially girls, through training on the installation and deployment of solar systems for irrigation in Niger, which allows them to be operational on the market.

And how does your proposal build on what you and your colleagues have been learning and discussing within the WAC-SRT master program?
Given the interdisciplinary nature of the WAC-SRT Program, we received various courses on Solar Energy, Irrigation and the nexus Water-Energy-Food (WEF), which on the first hand give us the foundation to understand the science behind this terminology and the expertise to apply and on the other hand to be aware of the challenges our communities are facing, and what solutions are out there to be implemented in a sustainable manner. Based on that, and with the wake of COVID-19, we have built around this to propose this Youth Capacity-building project to address a gap in the society, especially in Niger, and share with our peers the knowledge we got from this program. Moreover, the tips we learned from the Workshop organised at the centre on Proposal and Research writing really helped us a lot to write a winning proposal.

When have you prepared the submission? How has the pandemic affected your work, how have you managed to discuss, meet, and how did it affect the format/idea of your proposal?
This project was written during the COVID-19 period, and the main challenge was to organise meetings among members, since restrictions were imposed on public gatherings. However, thank to technology, we were able to organise regular online meetings using Zoom or Google Meet, and keep in touch through a WhatsApp group specifically created for this project. Due to the availability of everyone and academic-related aspects, we always meet online from 11:30 PM, until the fixed objective was achieved.

How many people will join your capacity building? How many applications did you receive and how was the selection process?

We had planned to select 30 youth aged from 18 to 24 years old, from Niger, with the target of having 20 ladies and 10 men. The call for applications was accessible to potential candidates from 15 September to 02 October 2020. In order to encourage and give more details to the candidates, we also made a video.

Call for applications

We received a total of 167 applications from six countries (Niger, Benin, Togo, Burkina-Faso, Cameroon and Chad), 135 male and 32 female candidates. After the work of the selection committee on 22 October 2020, we selected 30 laureates living in Niamey to take part in the training. CSDAC members from the 1st and 2nd Batch of the WAC-SRT program have participated in the selection.

Presentation of the score grid by the selection committee coordinator.

       

Exchange with the selection committee

What do you want to achieve through this capacity-building?

With this project, our goal is to create a new generation of proactive technicians with an entrepreneurial spirit, to reduce not only the unemployment rate of young people but also to provide technical support to the population in need of integrated solutions for water, energy and agriculture. At the end of the capacity-building project, they will receive a set of technical tools (Digital Electrical meter, screwdrivers, etc.) that will allow them to start to monetise what they have learned.

What would you tell other students in Tamale, in Wa, in Niamey or in other African Excellence Centers based on your experience?
What we can say to our colleagues is that we must always think about impacting our environment and give back to the community. It is the only way for us to be part of the change we want in our community and the continent as a whole. The main driver for our project was the sense of responsibility we developed in front of the situation the youth were facing during the early moment of the pandemic as a result of the different restriction measures put in place, that prevented youth from going out to work –since they are living on a daily basis, with informal business.
We would like to invite our colleagues to believe in themselves. Putting together their effort and expertise, they can achieve more than they can think of. They should also persevere and be ready for the sacrifice (in other words, nothing come easy). This is not the only project we submitted in that time. We have applied to three other fund challenges dedicated to COVID-19 ideas during that period, and we did not always succeed, but we kept pushing. It happened that we worked throughout the night till the morning without noticing, because what we wanted was to achieve our goal.

Call for Applications: CERM-ESA Master / PhD Scholarships 2021 in the DAAD In-Region/ In-Country Scholarship Programme

As part of the „In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme” DAAD offers scholarships for Master and PhD studies in Education for candidates from East Africa via the CERM-ESA programme.

Application closing date is the 15th of December 2020:

1. Please find the Call for Applications Document here and the Application Procedure here:

 

Ouverture des inscriptions – Colloque CEGLA

Colloque scientifique international en ligne du CEGLA à Bamako
– Développement local, paix et sécurité en Afrique de l’Ouest

La Coordination Général du Centre d’Excellence de Gouvernance Locale en Afrique (CEGLA) en coopération l’Université des Sciences Juridiques et Politiques de Bamako (USJPB) et le Centre de Formation des Collectivités Territoriales (CFCT) du Mali vous invite à participer en ligne au Colloque scientifique international au sujet de « Développement local, paix et sécurité en Afrique de l’Ouest » qui se tiendra du 1er au 3 Décembre 2020 à Bamako, Mali.

Dates du colloque: 1er au 3 Décembre 2020

Inscription pour le colloque en ligne (ZOOM): par simple email à contact@cegla.network

en précisant votre Nom, Prénom, Organisation

Frais d’inscription: Gratuit grâce au financement propre de l’Université des Sciences Juridiques et Politiques de Bamako (USJPB) et de la coopération allemande (DAAD et GIZ)

Pour plus d’informations : www.cegla.network

 

Développement local, paix et sécurité en Afrique de l’Ouest

Les dix dernières années ont vu la situation au Sahel se dégrader fortement au plan sécuritaire. Malgré leurs différences, les zones rurales du Burkina Faso, du Mali, de la Mauritanie, du Niger et du Tchad sont prises dans un piège de pauvreté, cercle vicieux où insécurité et instabilité s’entretiennent mutuellement. Faute d’actions décisives des pouvoirs publics, appuyés par la communauté internationale, ces territoires traversent un enchaînement de conflits dont ils ont le plus grand mal à s’extraire.

L’insécurité au Sahel est aggravée par une crise socio-économique persistante. Les peuples du Sahel sont touchés par des conflits multidimensionnels récurrents. Un afflux d’armes à la suite de la révolution libyenne en 2011 a engendré un trafic de tout genre. Ils souffrent également d’un sous-développement chronique, d’une insécurité alimentaire persistante, de mauvaises conditions climatiques et de nouvelles menaces posées par une migration clandestine de plus en plus dangereuse vers l’Europe. De plus, la fracture entre les citoyens et une élite politique distante parfois prédatrice affaiblit davantage le tissu social et freine les efforts de consolidation de la paix et de développement durables dans la région. Cette situation se traduit par une marginalisation politique et économique endémique d’une grande partie de la population (MIREILLE AFFA’A MINDZIE, 2015).

L’insécurité et l’instabilité au Sahel découlent de la menace croissante que représentent le terrorisme et l’extrémisme violent et de sa propagation dans les pays et régions environnants. Celles-ci sont aggravées – ou provoquées – par les faibles progrès de développement dans les pays du Sahel et les conséquences du changement climatique sur la sécurité alimentaire, les flux migratoires et les conflits liés aux terres et aux ressources naturelles.

La paix au Sahel, intimement corrélée au développement de ces territoires en cours de peuplement rapide, est un bien public dont l’intérêt déborde le continent africain. La situation est devenue alarmante. L’inquiétude est aujourd’hui largement partagée par les experts du Sahel au sein des milieux de la recherche, de la diplomatie, de l’humanitaire, de la sécurité et du développement. Ces communautés professionnelles ont trop peu d’occasions de réflexions conjointes.

Les conflits violents au Sahel ont des causes à la fois externes et internes ; ils sont favorisés par de multiples fragmentations des sociétés sahéliennes ; ils éclatent sur fond d’institutions (formelles, informelles et hybrides) défaillantes. De surcroît, le manque de perspectives de développement économique et social, et les dégradations environnementales contribuent à la multiplication de facteurs de vulnérabilité constituant le terreau de la crise et de la violence (Allier sécurité et développement Plaidoyer pour le Sahel, Ferdi, 2016).

Une telle orientation suggère à priori qu’on jette un regard sur les axes et réflexions intéressant les uns que les autres. Le CEGLA se saisit de cette occasion pour organiser, après le colloque de Niamey sur la fonction publique territoriale : dynamiques des acteurs, enjeux et développement local en 2019, un colloque international à Bamako sur la thématique « Développement local, paix et sécurité en Afrique de l’Ouest ». Ce colloque va réunir les acteurs, chercheurs et les partenaires afin de réfléchir sur les pratiques, logiques et solutions ainsi que le rôle des collectivités territoriales pour le maintien de la paix et de la sécurité.

Nous nous réjouissons de votre participation!

 

Open Calls for Scholarship Applications

DAAD In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme (Intake 2021)

Master and Phd Studies in Ghana, Nigeria, Benin, Burkina Faso and Malawi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda

Target Group: Graduates and postgraduates from Sub-Saharan Africa with a first academic degree if applying for a Master’s programme, or with a Master’s degree if applying for a doctoral programme who want to pursue Master’s or PhD courses in their home country (so called In-Country scholarships) or in another Sub-Sahara African country (In-Region scholarships).

The programme aims at fostering strong, internationally oriented higher education systems in Sub-Saharan Africa with the capacity to contribute to sustainable development. To this end, scholarships are granted for development-related Master or doctoral studies at selected host universities for individuals who plan to pursue a career in teaching and/or research at a higher education institution in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The programme is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and aims at university staff in the first line, without neglecting the public sector demand of academically trained personnel.

Please note: There are different selection processes depending on the study location

  • Ghana, Nigeria, Benin, Burkina Faso and Malawi:
    Applicants must first apply for their studies at the respective host institutions using the contacts and the method that is prescribed by the institution. The host institutions will screen, pre-select (according to DAAD selection criteria) and short-list the applicants. DAAD reserves the right of final selection. The host institutions will provide the shortlisted candidates with the link ot he DAAD-Portal. Only the pre-selected candidates are asked to log into the DAAD portal, register themselves and submit an DAAD application.
  • Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda:
    All applicants are asked to log in the DAAD portal, register themselves and submit the applications. Afterwards the selection process (including the pre-selection process at the host institution) starts.

You can find all details regarding the selection process in the respective calls at the DAAD scholarship database

Please find an overview of the different programmes attached:

Call for Application: Scholarship Programme New Leadership for Africa

The Leadership for Africa (LfA) programme is open to bachelor’s degree holders who wish to pursue a master’s degree in Germany. The scholarship is open to applicants from Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Sudan.

More details on the scholarship can be found at

https://www.daad.or.ke/en/study-research-in-germany/leadership-for-africa/

https://www.daad.or.ke/en/study-research-in-germany/leadership-for-africa/.

The deadline for application is this Friday, 16 October 2020.

 

For further information, one can contact the LfA team on  lfa.nairobi@daad.de mailto:lfa.nairobi@daad.de or also per telephone on 0733 929 929.

Web seminars on Tuesday, 13 October 2020 and the very final one on Wednesday, 14 October 2020 at 2:00 pm EAT will be conducted to elaborate more on how to apply via the DAAD portal as well as to answer any questions that one may have. The links to join in the Web seminars are:

i) Tuesday, 13 October 2020 at 2 pm EAT  – : https://daad.reflact.com/e289v7tg2goh/event/registration.html

ii) Wednesday, 14 October 2020 at 2 pm EAT – : https://daad.reflact.com/epmx967w9kie/event/registration.html

Interested participants are encouraged to register at least a day before the date for the Web Seminar, so that they can receive the link for participation on time.

Meanwhile, still virtual visiting hours will be offered every Thursdays from 10 am – 11 am EAT. The link to join in the visiting hour on Thursday, 15 October 2020 is: https://daad.reflact.com/e729gp6fpp0b/event/registration.html <https://daad.reflact.com/e729gp6fpp0b/event/registration.html

 

The LfA team on behalf of
Beate Schindler-Kovats
Director Regional Office for Africa
Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Burundi
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Madison Insurance House- Upper Hill Close Road, community area, Nairobi, Kenya