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Early Bird offer until April 30th, 2019: Enrol now for our SLE TRAINING courses and get a discount on the tuition fee

Apply now to join our training courses in Management of Development Projects, Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster Risk Management, Greener Cities for Sustainable Development, Training of Trainers, Moderation of Events and Process Facilitation or Designing Participatory Workshops. Click the link to enrol:

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These are the 2019 SLE overseas projects

The regions and topics for this years overseas projects of the SLE postgraduate studies are clear. Our Students will work in Mongolia, Rwanda/Uganda, Benin/Togo and southern Africa.Read a short summary of each of the projects:

Mongolia: Additional income for mobile pastoralist families in Mongolia

The wide grasslands of Mongolia are overgrazed. Roughly 70-80% of the pasture land is degraded. Because of that, additional sources of income for mobile pastoralist are necessary. The SLE will describe the status quo of livelihoods of mobile pastoralist families as well as analyze the potential of vegetable gardening and nature tourism as possible additional sources of income.




Interviews and further Insights into UFiSAMo

The UFiSAMo-Project (Urban Agriculture for Food Security and Income Generation in South Africa and Mozambique) analyses urban agricultural production systems and how to best improve them.
For urban communities in Maputo/ Mozambique and Cape Town/ South Africa UFISAMO aims to:

  • improve food security and safety
  • improve income generation
  • assess benefits and risks in integrated urban livestock and crop farming
  • combine research and practical applications of urban farming from grassroots to upper policy levels
In order to provide more insight into the project, a new 20 minute video has been produced by Dariusch Tabib-Elahi, which puts small scale local farmers into the centre of attention.

Finishing productive week of Rural Transformation training course

The SLE TRAINING course “Rural Transformation”, took place from 22 – 26 October 2018, and welcomed 13 participants from 9 different countries to explore a new perspective on rural development. The course focused on the systematic analysis of Structural and Rural Transformation processes, their assessment with due consideration of development policy objectives and aimed at contributing to policies and strategies for the effective promotion and shaping of those processes in a socially inclusive and ecologically sustainable manner.


Succesful Completion of "Training of Trainers" Course

From October 8th -19th, we had the pleasure to complete the SLE TRAINING course Training of Trainers (ToT) with 11 participants of 9 different countries. The long professional experience of trainer Gesa Grundmann, which she gained over more than 25 years in diverse settings in Asia, Latin America and Germany, enriched an intensive knowledge exchange with the curious participants. The learning objectives were to acquire and apply an own toolbox, advance soft skills, learn in a community of practice and most important to get the big picture: Especially skills and knowledge around the topics of design, planning, organization, conduction and evaluation of trainings through practice-based learning methods were gained.

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SLE hosts workshop at Tropentag 2018 in Ghent, Belgium

On the 16th of September 2018 SLE organized with various partners a workshop on knowledge exchange between farmers and academia to adapt to climate change. This workshop was initiated by the Climate-resilient investigation and innovation project (CRAIIP) in Indonesia funded by Brot für die Welt. Project partners from Indonesia Mr Kustiwa Adinata (IPPHTI) and Mr Tandu Ramba (Motivator Kondoran) presented their practical experiences from farmer climate field labs in Java and Sulawesi. Examples from sub-Saharan Africa were presented by Ulrike Bey and Tumainu Matutu from HORIZONT3000 and Anne Mette Lykke from Aarhus University. More than 30 participants from various universities, GIZ, the International Potato Centre , ICRAF, Fibl Austria and other institutes discussed ways on how to improve the farmer-academia-policy linkages for promoting sustainable agriculture in a changing climate.


SLE TRAINING: Disaster Risk Management (DRM)

From September 10th - 21st, participants from over 10 different countries immersed themselves into the SLE TRAINING: Disaster Risk Management (DRM).  The exceptional experience and knowledge of trainer Peter Rottach was essential in facilitating a quality training course covering elements of DRM such as risk assessment, risk mapping with GIS and various means of disaster prevention, mitigation and resilience.



SLE Welcomes Delegation from Central African Countries

On Friday (14/09/2018) SLE presented its work to a Delegation from different countries of the central african region. The guests consisted of university directors and teachers with a background in forestry and environmental science. Together with representatives of GIZ and the University of Frankfurt/Main they are on a study trip through Germany. In the beginning the staff of SLE provided a short introduction into the work of SLE. In the break the gruoup had the opportunity to meet the participant of the SLE TRAINING course Disaster Risk Management. Afterwards one part of the guests did a quick research on factors of success and barriers for the etablishment of offers for continous education at central african universities. The other part was looking into the marketing und networking as well as the sustainability and quality management of such offers. The guests showed great interest in the offers of SLE, e.g. the postgraduate program "International cooperation for sustainable development" and the possibilities of further education for experts and executives offered by SLE TRAINING.

Still open for applications: SLE TRAINING courses in October and November 2018

There are still placements available for our SLE TRAINING 2018 courses in October and November. Our short intensive courses promote learning through experience: 'Learning by doing' is the most important aspect of the SLE's training and teaching philosophy. Case studies, roleplaying, teamwork and many other methods create a learning environment in which participants can bring their own experience and link it to new topics and applications.

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© The Zambian-German Team in the garden of the Research Institute IAPRI.

SLE-Project: Togo and Zambia - one Week in a Blink

The biggest team of this years SLE Overseas Projects is targeting two countries in their time: Togo and Zambia. For thhe Project "Scaling up diversity to Scale up nutrition in Zambia and Togo" the eight member big group landed in Zambia in the end of July. Here they tell us about their first weeks:

By Josefine Greber und Jan Marinko.


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