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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.