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Bachelor Upgrading Programme: New Group Arrived

Finally, on 24 March 2014, after some delay the IEE was very happy to welcome a new group of 24 participants – the largest group yet – in the Bachelor Upgrading Programme in Management and Economics at Ruhr Universität Bochum. The Bachelor Upgrading Programme at RUB started in 2004 and since then, the IEE has hosted about one hundred lecturers from thirteen different universities all over Afghanistan. The programme, funded by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) aims to improve the standards of teaching in Afghanistan by providing training and teaching economics to young lecturers.

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Paper of Callistus Agbaam and Mulugeta Dinbabo published

Callistus Agbaam, Alumni of Ruhr University's MA in Development Management at the South African - German Centre for Development Research, together with Mulugeta F. Dinbabo, staff member of the centre, published an article on "Social Grants and Poverty Reduction at the Household Level: Empirical Evidence from Ghana" in the Journal of Social Science. The article can be downloaded here.

Members of the PhD IDS Participated Successfully in the Class ‘Microeconomics of Competitiveness’

It was the first time that the innovative course, developed by the Harvard Business School, was launched by the working group for Urban and Regional Economy at the Geographical Institute of the Ruhr-University Bochum. An interdisciplinary group of students discussed case studies on competiveness of several countries and regions, companies and their regional concentration in so-called clusters. Mohamed Dawude Temory, Lesley Hope and Anne Siebert gave a presentation on the case of ‘The Afghan Carpet Cluster’ and will submit their working paper soon.

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2014 MADM Intake in Cape Town Started

11 students from 9 different countries of the world take part in the 2014 Bochum Programme of Development Management at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town.

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Strategic Planning in Stellenbosch

The steering committee members of the South African – German Centre for Development Research and the academic coordinator of the CDR at UWC met in Stellenbosch from 9 – 11 May 2014 to discuss strategic options for further developing the fields of cooperation during the current funding period and beyond.

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IEE Member Participating in a Workshop on Africa

2014-05 SiebertOn Sunday, 11 May 2014, Anne Siebert participated in a workshop on 'Africa Today' at Bahnhof Langendreer in Bochum, where she presented "Von Zumas Südafrika bis Musevenis Uganda" (From Zuma's South Africa to Museveni's Uganda).

MADM Alumnus Participated in DAAD-Supported Alumni Seminar

Gerald Ahabwe, MADM Alumnus of 2009, took part in the International Alumni Seminar on Water, Energy and Sanitation in Urban and Decentralized Regions at Oldenburg University from 3rd-12th April 2014 and presented a paper titled 'Using Prepaid meters to Improve piped water access for the urban poor: Experiences of National Water and Sewerage Corporation, Uganda'. Read his report.

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The Blue RUB Cube with MADM Alumni in Ghana

MADM Alumni Isaac Eweh took part in an initiative of RUB's Alumni network and contributed a self-portrait with the blue RUB "cube" in front of the Akosombo Dam and the Volta Lake.

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24 Master Students Graduated

On 12 March 2014, 24 new Masters graduated from the Programme of Development Management at the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy at Bochum.

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Congratulations Dr. Udahemuka!

On 10 March 2014, Silas Udahemuka from Rwanda has been awarded the degree of a Doctor (Ph.D.) in International Development Studies (IDS). He received a DAAD-funded scholarship of the South African-German Centre for Development Research for his doctoral studies.

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