at the University of Ghana, Legon, Accra


Content and Goals

Ghana and other African countries have seen major economic and political achievements in recent years. But despite economic growth and political stability fundamental development problems continue to exist. Environmental and climate change, rural transformation, rural-urban migration, land grabbing and the transformation of land markets, conflicts over natural resources, or growing economic disparities are some of the issues that need additional research and expertise that can translate into policies and new development approaches.

The GGCDS addresses these problems with an interdisciplinary PhD program. The program is directed to outstanding researchers, policymakers and practitioners that want to pursue a PhD and are working on pressing development issues. PhD candidates undergo one year of methodological, theoretical, and professional training before they pursue their individual research projects. Regular research seminars, summer schools and conference participation ensure rich
interactions between students and academics within and beyond the partner institutes.


The Partners

University of Ghana, Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER)
ISSER has the goal of engaging in multidisciplinary research covering the field of socio-economic development in Ghana and other African countries. Although the research concentrates on Ghana, ISSER also offers qualification measures for future leaders from other African countries and is part of an Africa-wide network of education and research.

University of Bonn, Centre for Development Research (ZEF)
ZEF in Bonn, Germany is an interdisciplinary and internationally focused institute dedicated to research, political dialogue plus education and training. ZEF’s research activities have been designed to take account of three core areas: economic development and technological change, ecology and management of natural resources, as well as political and cultural change.
ZEF attaches key importance to promoting academic and postgraduate education and training, including particularly, for young scientists and academics from developing and transition countries.



Ghanaian-German Centre for Development Studies
University of Ghana
Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER)
P.O. Box LG 74
Legon, Ghana

DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service
Centres of African Excellence
Kennedyallee 50
53175 Bonn, Germany

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Network Meeting 2016 organised by GGCDS