About CDR

About CDR

Objectives

Within the framework of cooperating in Masters and PhD programmes, the aim of the African Excellence Centre at UWC in Cape Town is to prepare the next generation of leaders to meet the typical economic, social and political berlinchallenges arising from the development process. The research-oriented training programmes already established at the Ruhr-University of Bochum and the University of the Western Cape have been run in close cooperation for several years now. The course offerings are sourced from the disciplines of economics and social sciences (particularly macroeconomics and political science) and the administrative sciences. The course programme is supplemented by substantial inputs from the fields of project management and empirical social research. The programmes are theory-based but also have a strong empirical focus. Regional case studies are intended to provide scope for analysis from both the macro and micro perspective:

 

  • Characteristics and causes of growth deficits and unequal resource distribution in developing countries as well as strategic approaches and flanking socio-political measures for growth and the reduction of poverty,
  • Roles of various players in the development process and their interaction
  • Approaches to reform in the areas of domestic economy and international economic relations, public administration (good governance, fight against corruption, and reorganisation) and social as well as political systems.

 

In order to adequately prepare the next generation of leaders through research-oriented training it is not sufficient to have the possibility to award scholarships to promising candidates from all over Sub-Saharan Africa, but it is also necessary to maintain a strong research focus on the work of the centre and to cooperate closely with other leading universities in the region.

The objectives of the centre are mainly implemented within the framework of cooperative study programmes through joint research, teaching and mentoring. At present, such cooperative study programmes are being realized in the MA programme in Development Management (Bochum Programme), the MA programme in Development Studies (ISD), the MPA programme (SoG) and the PhD programme in Development Studies and Public Policy. In order to further promote cooperative research, teaching and mentoring the Centre awards scholarships to excellent applicants from Sub-Sahara Africa for a period of study in these joint programmes; it also offers training in soft skills and German language courses for the scholarship holders of the centre, organises summer schools for the MA students of the Division at the RUB and the UWC and arrange academic conferences of the Division at the UWC and at other universities in the region.

Latest News

New Publication of CDR Member

Samson Osei, PhD candidate at CDR, published a paper in the Africa Development Bank Evaluation Matters Magazine, titled "Value Addition of Organisational Evaluation".
Basically, the paper argues that evaluation of the organization as a unit of analysis remains a black box as opposed to project and programme evaluation in development evaluation practice.” Thus, a comprehensive evaluation of an organisation as a unit of analysis can help achieve the sustainable development goals. The paper can be accessed here.

From November 26 to December 01 the International Alumni-Conference „Tackling the root causes of displacement in Sub-Sahara Africa” took place in Gordons Bay, South Africa.

The Conference was the first joint Alumni Conference of all DAAD African Excellence Centres in Sub Sahara Africa (the Ghanian-German Centre for Development Studies at the University of Ghana, the Tanzanian-German Centre for Eastern African Legal Studies at the University of Dar es Salaam, the Namibian-German Centre for Logistics at Namibia University of Science and Technology, the South African-German Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice at UWC, the Congolese-German Centre for Microfinance at the Congo Protestant University, Kinshasa, the East and South African-German Centre for Educational Research at the Moi-University, Kenya, and the Kenyan Centre for Mining, Environmental Engineering and Resource Management at Taita Taveta University College in Voi, Kenya), organized by the South African-German Centre for Development Research (SA-GER CDR) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa, together with the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE), Ruhr-University Bochum), Germany.

Out of about 70 applicants from different African Excellence Centres, 41 Alumni were selected to take part in the conference, together with about 20 researchers from participating Centres, 3 invited speakers, 2 DAAD representatives and 17 current DAAD students.

For more information please have a look at our IEE Newsletter No. 26.

 

Contact Details South Africa

School of Government, University of the Western Cape



Address:
Robert Sobukwe Road
Bellville
Cape Town, 7535, South Africa
Private Bag X17, Bellville 7535
Republic of South Africa
Tel: 002721/959 3858

Contact Details Germany

Institute of Development Research and Development Policy, Ruhr-University Bochum


Address:
Universitätsstr. 105
Room 2.04
D-44789 Bochum, Germany
Tel: +49-(0)234 / 32-22418, -22243
Fax: +49-(0)234 / 32-14-294
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Website: www.development-research.org