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SLE’s key objective is to forge a link between research and practice. Scientific and empirical methods are high on our agenda, as is the relevance of research projects for policy and practice. Apart from analysing problems, we focus on creating problem-solving strategies to tackle these problems and make concrete recommendations for suitable courses of action.

SLE carries out overseas projects (Auslandsprojekte; AP) with the students from the graduate programme (SLE STUDIES). In addition, it conducts commissioned empirical studies (special overseas projects) and performs 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 with SLE alumni. These studies are tailored to the needs of the commissioning body, with varying 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 Africa and Mozambique

As part of an interdisciplinary grouping of several academic institutions, SLE is involved in 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 urban agricultural 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 entitled “Climate resilient agriculture investigation and innovation project” (CRAIIP).
Small farmers in nine villages in southern Sulawesi and western Java will conduct field experiments to test innovative agricultural methods and assess their climate resilience.

About the project


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