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Completed Research Projects at SLE


Civil Society in Africa

The SLE is part of a research group whose members have brought together over 20 studies on the subject of 'civil society in sub-Saharan Africa'. These studies were published in September 2014, in a compendium edited by Walter Eberlei.


Support for Urban Resilience Through Nature

The project was financed by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. The SLE collaborated in this project with the Institut für Technologie und Ressourcenmanagement in den Tropen und Subtropen (Institute for Technology and Resource Management in the Tropics and Subtropics) at the TH Köln, and with the Institute of Geography at the University of Innsbruck.


Towards a socially inclusive and ecologically sustainable rural transformation in Africa

This project involves developing scenarios for the future and using these to identify strategies, tools and policies that can be used to plan for ecologically sustainable and socially inclusive rural transformation in Africa. Project funded by the BMZ (German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation).

GlobE: Global food security

Worldwide food security is one of the biggest challenges facing the 21st century. With the 'GlobE' funding initiative for global food security, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is supporting efforts to meet this challenge, and is helping to integrate the work of the German government into a planned and effective drive for world food security.

The aim of the initiative is to support the development of productive and sustainable agriculture in African countries, in order to provide more effectively and more reliably for the needs of the local population. The funding initiative covers various research projects carried out in partnership with local institutions in Africa.

The SLE is involved in the following projects:

1. HORTINLEA - Horticultural Innovation and Learning for Improved Nutrition and Livelihood in East Africa

2. Trans-SEC - Innovating pro-poor Strategies to safeguard Food Security using Technology and Knowledge Transfer

Meta-analyses of SLE studies

Gabriele Beckmann, Dr. Susanne Neubert and Anja Katrin Fleig have brought together and analysed 35 overseas project studies in a meta-analysis on the question of how successfully the poorest target groups can be integrated into value chains, microfinance schemes and resource management programmes, and why this sometimes fails.

Read the publication (German)

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