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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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Closing Knowledge Gaps: the new Kenya-study is out

Titled "Closing the knowledge gap between research, policy and practice - Circular knowledge exchange on African indigenous vegetables for improved food and nutrition security in Kenya and Tanzania", this study outlines major steps for ensuring that the research results of the Horticultural Innovation and Learning for Improved Nutrition and Livelihood in East Africa – HORTINLEA project will reach multiple stakeholders and benefit them in the future. Alongside team leader Emil Gevorgyan, it was written by Elena Ammel, Rebekka Goeke, Julia Legelli, Sönke Marahrens, Florian Neubauer and Colleen O’Connor.

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© SLE, 1300 year old tree at the River Nyong.

SLE-Project: Cameroon - First Steps

Since three weeks the participants of this years SLE posgraduate program are in their overseas projects. The group in Cameroon used the first weeks to make contact to as many stakeholders as possible. Their project is named: "Claim and reality of participatory protected area approaches using the example of Cameroon". They told us about their first steps in Cameroon:

By Julia Bayer and Yannic Kiewitt.

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SLE-Project in Zambia: finally arrived!

In the end of July the Participants of this years SLE postgraduate program made their way to their Overseas Projects. The Group working on the study"Opportunities and challenges for small-scale aquaculture in Zambia" used the first days to gather feedback for their research design:

By Mario Lootz.



Handbook to action and decision-oriented studies published

The Spanish manual was developed in the context of the DAAD supported university cooperation between SLE and the Colombian Universidad Autónoma de Manizales (UAM). It contains a 10-step guideline for conducting "action and decision-oriented studies". The methodology is based on the experience of SLE and has been adapted to the Latin American context. The handbook addresses interdisciplinary research teams wishing to conduct application-oriented studies for decision-makers from politics, business or civil society. You can download the handbook here.

Presentation of the research concepts of overseas projects 2018

On 23rd and 24th of July the teams of this year's SLE overseas projects present their research concepts. The three month projects will take place in Zambia, Cameroon and Togo/Zambia.

Further information about the projects and the presentation you can find here and in the invitation.

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SLE study results presented at 4th International Cassava Conference in Cotonou, Benin

Last week the 4th International Cassava Conference of the Global Cassava Partnership of the 21st century (GCP21) took place in Cotonou, Benin. Supported by the SLE Freunde und Förderverein e.V., former SLE participant Peggy Günther, presented parts of the results from the overseas project on cassava value chains in Malawi.

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Understanding the complexity of managing protected areas in Sub-Sahara Africa

SLE invites you to join the seminar “Understanding the complexity of managing protected areas in Sub-Sahara Africa” on June 26, 2018, 16:30 until 19:00h at Robert-Koch-Platz 4.

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