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SLE Handbooks

In some cases the experiences and results of the SLE Overseas Studies are published as Handbooks which find use in other projects. Find here the SLE Handbooks of the latest years:


2019 CA5630EN The handbook "Preparing and Accessing Decent Work Amongst Rural Youth in Cambodia" was published in 2017 by the SLE participants as part of an SLE foreign project. Based on an empirical study in Cambodia, the study shows what skills and training opportunities young people aged 15-17 need, in order to subsequently gain easier access to decent employment in rural areas.

This study supported the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and FAO Cambodia in developing appropriate policies and strategies to ensure the development and sustainability of the agricultural sector in Cambodia. The same team also produced the handbook "How to Bridge the Skills Gap to Promote Decent Rural (Youth) Employment" (also available for download on this website).

2019 frz RADManuel 1 The SLE conducts up to five research projects every year in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Interdisciplinary teams led by an experienced team leader deal with solutions to complex problems of international development cooperation. For the development of their research design, they need an orientation framework that SLE has been continuously developing for more than 30 years. The handbook leads French-speaking research teams to develop their research designs in an effective, solution- and partner-oriented manner.

The handbook explains all the steps of action- and decision-oriented research design and, by using practical examples, it demonstrates what these steps could look like after their implementation.
Cover AEU english This handbook is the result of the trilateral cooperation between SLE,Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) in Maputo (Mozambique) and Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ). Versions in Portuguese and English will follow.
2018 Titelblatt Kambodscha Studie This Practitioner’s Guide responds to a need for practical guidance on how to promote decent employment opportunities for rural youth. The objective of the Guide is to establish a Skills and Training Needs Assessment (STNA) framework with a specific focus on youth.
2017 Cover MANUAL IAD 2 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. 
  Corruption in land governance is a significant problem in many countries, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. To design effective counter-measures against corruption in land governance, it is important to gain an accurate understanding of the weak spots in the respective land governance system. Therefore, the Handbook on Land Corruption Risk Mapping helps NGOs, governmental institutions, and other actors in Sub-Saharan Africa to systematically identify and assess corruption risks in land governance and to develop effective counter-measures.
2015 SLE Studie 2015 Cover Toolkit Namibia During the last decade, the relevance of the inclusion of persons with disabilities into the work of international development cooperation became more important.  This toolkit is a proposal for facilitating the work of planners and practitioners of the German Development Cooperation in including persons with disabilities into their programmes and projects. It therefore explains the reasons why disability is a crosscutting development issue and provides practical, implementation and focused guidance on how to include a disability perspective in mainstream development programmes. 
2014 It is clear that very specific programmes targeted at children will not be good enough to prevent all forms of child labour. It will have to come from broader food security and agricultural and rural development programmes that lift people out of poverty. Integrating child labour concerns into the monitoring and evaluation frameworks of such broader programmes will be essential. The Handbook provides a set of good practices and innovative approaches for doing so.
All of SLE's published studies (from the year 2000 onwards) are available to download for free via the document and publication server of the Humboldt-Universität.

An up-to-date list of SLE study series from 1995 onwards is available here.

A list of all overseas projects between 1972 and 2007 is available here.

Print copies of our publications can be ordered directly from SLE:

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Seminar für Ländliche Entwicklung
Hessische Str. 1 - 2
10115 Berlin
Tel.: 030 2093 6911
Fax: 030 2093 6904
Email: Kathrin Trauer, kathrin.trauer[at]


12.00 Euro for DIN-A5 publications
14.00 Euro for DIN-A4 publications (Volume II)

Postage costs: 3.00 Euro for individual orders inside of Germany. Contact us for postage pricing options for larger orders.



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