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Completed Research Projects at SLE


Civil Society in Africa

TSLE was part of a research group whose members conducted 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 Cologne University of Applied Sciences, and with the Institute of Geography at the University of Innsbruck.


Towards a socially inclusive and ecologically sustainable rural transformation in Africa

This project developed scenarios for the future and identified strategies, tools and policies that can be used to plan for ecologically sustainable and socially inclusive rural transformation in Africa. The project was funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ).

GlobE: Global food security

Food security is one of the biggest global challenges in the 21st century. The 'GlobE' funding initiative for global food security of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) supported efforts to meet this challenge, and contributed to effectively shaping the activities of the Federal Government on the topic of global food security.

The aim of the initiative is to support the development of a productive and sustainable agricultural and food sector 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)