The WAC-SRT develops interdisciplinary, transnational research and teaching programs that will contribute to sustainable rural development and political stability in West Africa by producing the required expertise, applicable technological solutions, locally adapted business models and administrative approaches.

WAC-SRT enhances research and teaching capacities as well as the infrastructure of three African partner faculties at universities in Niger and Ghana, which are addressing natural science/ engineering, agribusiness and rural economics, as well as development governance, respectively. Common curricula development of interdisciplinary MA and PhD programs in Niger
and Ghana, staff training, staff exchange, stipends for (international) PhD and Master Students with student exchanges, cross-teaching, as well as common summer schools will contribute to economic, technological, and managerial solutions adapted to particular the West African context.


Project Partners

University of Bonn, Germany/Center for Development Research Bonn (ZEF)
ZEF is an international and interdisciplinary institute aiming to contribute with its research, education and policy dialogue to enhancing sustainable (human) development and combating poverty in Asia, Africa and Latin America. ZEF has been conducting academic and (post-)doctoral education and training of young scientists and academics from developing and transition countries for the past twenty years.

University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana/Institute for Statistical Social and Economic Research
Institute for Statistical Social and Economic Research is conducting research in the social sciences in order to generate solutions for national development. It currently serves as the
research wing under the College of Humanities, University of Ghana. The institute engages in policy relevant research whose findings are intended to help policy makers on the best policy decisions to make for national development.

Université Abdou Moumouni Niamey, Niger/Faculty of Science and Technology
Université Abdou Moumouni is the largest and most acknowledged University in Niger. The Faculty of Sciences and Techniques has five departments and runs 15 different master programs. The Faculty of Science and Technology, which hosts WACS-SRT, is engaged in large number of international research and capacity building programs.

University for Development Studies, Wa & Tamale, Ghana/Faculty of Planning and Land Management & Faculty of Agribusiness and Communication Science
The University for Development Studies has a pro-poor focus, which is reflected in its methodology of teaching, research and
outreach services. The specific emphasis on practically-oriented, research and field-based training aims to contribute to reducing
poverty in order to accelerate national development.



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