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The goal of the SLE is to provide a link between research and practice. We place great importance not only on scientific and empirical methods, but also on the relevance of research projects for policy and practice. As well as analysing problems, we focus on developing strategies for solving those problems, and make concrete recommendations for appropriate courses of action.

The SLE carries out overseas projects (Auslandsprojekte; AP) together with the students from the graduate programme (SLE STUDIES), produces special commissioned empirical studies (special overseas projects), and carries out its research independently or in collaboration with research partners.

The SLE carries out studies in various formats, including:

1. Overseas project studies (AP) involving students from the postgraduate programme in 'International Cooperation for Sustainable Development'. More information on overseas project studies can be found here.

2. Special overseas project studies together with SLE alumni. Special overseas studies are tailored to the needs of the commissioning body, with differing time frames and formats. More information on special overseas project studies can be found here.

3. Funded research and consultancy projects (e.g. BMBF, BMZ, BMEL).


Current research projects

UFiSAMo - Urban Agriculture in South Afruca and Mozambique

As part of an interdisciplinary grouping of various academic institutions, the SLE is involved in a funding application for a project on urban agriculture. The focus is on poor neighbourhoods in the cities of Maputo (Mozambique) and Cape Town (South Africa) and on the question of urban agriculture's contribution to food security.

About the project


CRAIIP - Climate Resilient Agriculture Investigation and Innovation Project

SLE supports a solution oriented research cooperation project in Indonesia, funded by Brot für die Welt and titled “Climate resilient agriculture investigation and innovation project” (CRAIIP)
In nine villages in southern Sulawesi and western Java, small farmers will be supported in conducting field experiments, in order to test innovative agricultural methods and to assess their climate resilience.

About the project


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