Posts byDr. Wolfram Laube

Calls for Application: Master Programs of the NEW West African Center for Sustainable Rural Transformation (WAC-SRT) in Ghana and Niger, 2018

Dear colleagues,

since last November the West African Center for Sustainable Rural Transformation (WAC-SRT) has joined the African Excellence initiative. It is run in collabotration between the Center for Development Research (ZEF) University of Bonn, Germany, the Université Abdou Moumouni (UAM) in Niamey, Niger, the University for Development Studies (UDS), Wa and Tamale, Ghana and Institute for Social and Economic Research (SSER) of the University of Ghana. For more information see:

Apart from the enhancement of research and teaching infrastructure, capacity building, academic networking it also provides stipends for master students in three new/reviewed master programs addressing sustainable rural transformation from and inter/multidisciplinary perspective:

  • Integrated Master Program in Sustainable Transformation of Rural Areas (Faculty of Science and Technology, UAM (M. Sc.)
  • Master Program in Development Management, Faculty of Planning and Land Management, UDS, Wa (M. Phil.)
  • Master Program in Agricultural Economics, Faculty of Agribusiness and Communication Science, UDS, Tamale (M. Phil)

The calls are open for ainternational applicants. Deadline for application is the 31.05.2018

Please find links to the the respective calls below.

Best regards.

Wolfram Laube

Advert DAAD Scholarship 2018 MPhil Dev. Mgt


Application Call IMP-SRT


Networking Visit of Prof. Julian May at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn

As part of the networking activities between the Ghanaian-German Center for Development Studies (GGCDS) and the South African-German Centre for Development Research (SA-GER CDR), the South African director Prof. Julian May visited ZEF, the German collaborating partner of the GGCDS, on December 15, 2016.  At ZEF he met with colleagues to discuss possibilities of future research collaborations particularly in the field of food security.


As part of his visit Prof. May gave a well-attended talk on “The scramble for Africa’s Food Security: Food and nutrition trends in the Sub-Saharan economic powerhouses” in ZEF’s Research Colloquium. Focusing on the twelve largest economies in Sub-Saharan Africa, Prof. May showed how a growing population as well as increasing affluence, urbanization, and globalization leads to rapidly changing African food system . Changes in the production, marketing, and consumption of food, as well as growing food-import-dependency pose new logistical and nutritional challenges adding to the already existing problems in food availability and access in many African countries.



Workshop on ‘ Civilizing Resource Investmnet and Extractive Industries’ by ZEF and the GGCDS, Bonn, 22.09-23.09.16

Dear colleagues,

this is to inform you about a workshop  ‘Civilizing Resource Investments and Extractive Industries: Societal Negotiations and the Role of Law’ that is organized by ZEF and the Ghanain-German Center for Development Studies at ZEF, Bonn, 22.-23-09.2016. The workshop brings together experts, activists, and post-graduate students. Interested colleagues and students could apply for partcipation. They would have to send a 250 word abstarct  of the paper they intend to present to Since funding is limited, applicants would have to bear the cost of travel and accommodation, or ask their respective centers for support. Please find the workshop concept attached.
Best regards.

Wolfram Laube

Civilizing Extractive Industries – Short workshop concept note