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Visit of two members of the German Federal Parliament and the Consul General at the SA-GER CDR

On 7th February the two members of the "German Federal Parliament", Ulla Schmidt und Dagmar Freitag, who stayed in South Africa for taking part in the 2019 State of the Nation Address by the South African President Cyral Ramaphosa, used the opportunity to as well visit two DAAD funded Centres of Excellence in Cape Town together with the Consul General Matthias Hansen.

They first visited the African Institute for Mathematical Studies (AIMS) in Muizenberg and afterwards the South African-German Centre for Development Research (SA-GER CDR). Prof. Jullian May, the director of the SA-GER CDR at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), stressed the supra-regional importance of the Centre, the high number of Alumni who successfully work in development research or development co-operation and the strong motivation of these Alumni to build networks like the African Excellence Network of all DAAD African Excellence Centres, "Tumefika" (which means "We have arrived") which was constituted in 2018.

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During the occasion, current Phd scholarship holders of the SA-GER CDR presented on their research related to poverty reduction and public administration, current Master scholarship holders presented the different Master Programmes of the Centre and Ulla Schmidt, Dagmar Freitag and Matthias Hansen as well met DAAD-Alumna Prof. Pamela Dube, the current DVC for Student Development and Support at UWC, Winnie Sambu as the representative of “Tumefika” and several other DAAD scholarship holders studying at UWC.

Prof. Wilhelm Löwenstein, managing director of the IEE of Ruhr University Bochum, took part in the event by making use of the DAAD funded videoconference system ZOOM and presented his vision of an African Graduate School as one option to foster the sustainability of the DAAD African Excellence Centres.

Congratulations, Dr. Hansen!

After successful defence of his PhD Thesis on Wednesday, 6 February 2019, former IEE research fellow Marc Hansen has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.).

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Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein and Marc Hansen

His thesis with the title "Essays on the Theory-Based Impact Evaluation of Projects in Developing Countries" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein and Prof. Dr. Helmut Karl. Prof. Dr. Markus Kaltenborn chaired the oral exam.

Congratulations, Dr. Khafagy!

After successful defence of his PhD Thesis on Wednesday, 28 November 2018, Amr Khafagy from Egypt has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.).

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Prof. Dr. Nienhaus, Amr Khafagy, Prof. Dr. Lösch, Prof. Dr. Löwenstein

His thesis with the title "Essays on the Economics of Cooperative Financial Institutions" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Volker Nienhaus and Prof. Dr. Manfred Lösch. Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein chaired the oral exam.

10-Year Anniversary of the Centres of Excellence

On the occasion of the ten-year anniversary of the Centres of African Excellence initiative by the Federal Foreign Office and the DAAD, a large network meeting was held in Berlin.

There are now ten university Centres of African Excellence in Sub-Saharan Africa, set up to train highly qualified future managers and leaders in Africa by significantly contributing to the quality and relevance of selected disciplines at African universities, to the creation of research capacities to the establishment of networks between African universities and research institutes including German partners.

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The SA-GER CDR Team in Berlin: (from left): Isioma Ille, Stefan Buchholz, Britta Niklas, Gabriele Bäcker, Mulugeta Dinbabo and Ina Conradie

For the achievements of the South African-German Centre for Development Research and for more information on the network meeting please have a look at the upcoming IEE-Newsletter (December 2018).

7th PhD Conference on International Development took place at the IEE

On 8th and 9th November, the seminar rooms of the Ruhr-University’s convention centre were packed with about 70 international PhD students in the interdisciplinary field of development research.

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The conference was funded by the RUB Research School and provided a platform for young scholars to present their research projects and engage in vital discussions. Overall, it was a successful event.

The 2019 PhD Conference on International Development will be hosted by the Institute of Development Studies in Sussex, UK.

Conference Programme of the 7th PhD Conference

The 7th PhD Conference on International Development, organised by and for PhD researchers, is held at the RUB next week (8-9 November). In addition to the parallel sessions, this year’s PhD Conference will host two renowned scholars as keynote speakers: Laura Camfield of the University of East Anglia, UK, and Shelley Feldman of the Cornell University, USA.

You can view the conference programme here.

PhD Exchange Student from the ISS

2018 09 AdwoaWe currently have a PhD student visiting from the International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague. Adwoa Yeboah Gyapong is staying from August until December 2018. RUB Research School is funding her stay. She is happy to be working closely with Anne Siebert, and under the supervision of Prof. Löwenstein. Her broad research interests are in rural development and agriculture, social justice and policy planning. Adwoa and Anne are writing a joint paper on farmers’ and farm workers’ engagement with food sovereignty in Ghana.

In her PhD research, Adwoa is looking into the labour dynamics of transnational large-scale agricultural land acquisitions (land deals) to draw implications for rural development and policy. She is undertaking an in-depth study of an Oil Palm land deal in Ghana. Specifically, she focuses on the management processes and the labour conditions for wage farmworkers, their livelihoods, and their differentiated political reactions. In the end, she hopes to see how these processes affect agrarian transitions in the affected communities, especially in terms of the modification or not of existing modes of production, changes in labour regimes, as well as their impacts on workers food security/sovereignty.

She is looking forward to interact with researchers and students and to get to know the IEE.

Congratulations, Dr. Nyasulu!

After successful defence of his PhD Thesis on Monday, 21st of August 2018, Themba Nyasulu from Malawi has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.).

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His thesis with the title "Foreign Direct Investment and Inclusive Growth: Comparative Evidence from Zambia and Malawi" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein and Prof. Dr. Dieter Bender.

Congratulations, Dr. Agaton!

After successful defence of his PhD Thesis on Monday, 7th of August 2018, Casper Agaton from the Philippines has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.).

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His thesis with the title "A Real Options Approach to Renewable and Nuclear Energy Investments in the Philippines" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Helmut Karl and Apl. Prof. Dr. Nicola Werbeck.

Congratulations, Dr. Asna Ashari!

After successful defense of her PhD Thesis on Monday, 4th of July 2018, Farah Asna Ashari from Iran has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.).

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Farah Asna Ashari, Prof. Dr. Helmut Karl

Her thesis with the title "Welfare Effects of Alternative Irrigation Water Prices on Farm Households: a case study of Lake Urmia Basin, Iran" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Helmut Karl and Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein.