Centres of Excellence

Conference Programme: Third Conference Of The African-German Research Network – Part II – Zoom (Online) 2021

Part II: The African-German Research Network for Transnational Criminal Justice is grateful for receiving superb paper abstracts and is looking forward to the second part of its third annual research conference on “Transnational Criminal Law in Africa: Legal and Institutional Frameworks and Challenges” from Alumnae and Alumni of the South African-German Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice. Please find details in the conference programme.

Registration is mandatory via transcrim@rewi.hu-berlin.de.

New digital platform for the Centres launching soon!

!!! This site will move in the next weeks to the newly established DIGI-FACE Platform !!!
If you want to write a blog, please make use of the blog section on DIGI-FACE.

DIGI-FACE Platform launch on 1 October 2021

Via the DIGI-FACE project, a new platform for our African Excellence Network is developed. This Platform with its diverse functionalities, like the Learning-Management-System Moodle, the blog, the Project-Management-Tool, detailed member and profile overviews and a publication section will be launched on 1 October 2021.

DIGI-FACE is a portal to the exciting digital world of the network of DAAD-supported Centres of African Excellence. It connects these Centres of African Excellence and their alumni through teaching, learning, research, and communication opportunities by providing:

  • Information about the African Excellence Programme.
  • Information about the Centres and DAAD Alumni.
  • Access to blogs that allow members to share their news and other relevant information such as scholarship notifications and calls for proposals.
  • An access point to the DIGI-FACE Moodle Learning Management System, that we call ‘Learn’.
  • A space where members of the African Excellence Programme can find one another and exchange ideas.
  • A project management tool for supporting and operationalising collaborative research and other projects both within and across Centres, as well as for all students, academics and alumni.
  • A place to share publications and create an online library within and between the different. African-German Centres of Excellence.
Check out the DIGI-FACE Platform for exploring the new digital home of the Centres!

Conference Programme: Third Conference of the African-German Research Network – Zoom (Online) 2021

The African-German Research Network for Transnational Criminal Justice is thankful for receiving excellent paper abstracts and is looking forward to its third annual research conference on “Transnational Criminal Law in Africa: Legal and Institutional Frameworks and Challenges” from Alumnae and Alumni of the South African-German Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice. Please find details in the conference programme.

Registration is mandatory via transcrim@rewi.hu-berlin.de.

DAAD fördert zwei neue Fachzentren // Two new Centres funded by DAAD

Der Auf- und Ausbau leistungsfähiger und nachhaltiger Ausbildungsstrukturen an afrikanischen Universitäten ist Ziel des Programms „Fachzentren Afrika“ des Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienstes (DAAD). Aktuell sind zwei weitere Fachzentren mit Fokus auf Ressourcenmanagement ausgewählt worden. Der DAAD fördert beide von deutschen Hochschulen getragenen Zentren aus Mitteln des Auswärtigen Amtes (AA) bis 2025 mit 4,5 Millionen Euro.
Zur Pressemitteilung.



The aim of the German Academic Exchange Service’s (DAAD) “African Excellence” programme is to establish and expand efficient and sustainable teaching and learning structures at African universities. Currently, two new Centres of Excellence focusing on resource management have been selected. DAAD is funding both Centres, which are run by German universities, with 4.5 million euros from the Federal Foreign Office (AA) until 2025.
To the press release.



L’objectif du programme “African Excellence” de l’Office Allemand d’Échanges Universitaires (DAAD) est d’établir et de développer des structures d’enseignement et d’apprentissage efficaces et durables dans les universités africaines. Actuellement, deux nouveaux Centres d’Excellence axés sur la gestion des ressources ont été sélectionnés. Le DAAD finance ces deux Centres, qui sont gérés par des universités allemandes, avec 4,5 millions d’euros du Ministère Fédéral des Affaires Étrangères (AA) jusqu’en 2025.
Voici la communiqué de presse.

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)

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:


Appel à candidature pour les bourses Master CEGLA 2020

Dans le cadre des activités du Centre d’Excellence de Gouvernance Locale en Afrique (CEGLA), nous sommes heureux de porter à votre connaissance le lancement de bourses de formation Master en « Décentralisation et Gouvernance Locale » financées par l’Office Allemand d’Echanges Universitaires (DAAD).

L’ensemble des modalités à respecter et des documents à fournir pour le dossier de candidature se trouve dans les documents suivants:

Appel à candidature national bourse de formation Master de Niamey

Appel à candidature national bourse de formation Master de Bamako

Appel à candidature international bourse de formation Master de Bamako

La date limite d’introduction des candidatures est fixée au 26 septembre 2020.